Red Retro Kitchen Collection from Pottery Barn Kids, $699. I only wish my own kitchen were this nice!
You buy the best gourmet groceries, and seek out superior knives, pots and pans, and other kitchen hardware for yourself — shouldn’t you purchase the finest gourmet play kitchen for your offspring? Here are four hilariously expensive play kitchens for rich kids, and one priced lower, but less tasteful — along with some of the advertising copy. The underlying meaning of at least one of the texts is, Get the kids as far away from me and my real kitchen as possible!
1. Red Retro Kitchen Collection, $699 (above)
“Our gourmet kitchen offers everything budding chefs need. Complete with a sink, icebox and oven, it has a fun retro design with lots of interactive features like adjustable shelves, timers that tick and knobs that turn. Stainless-steel sink can hold water so kids can scrub their pots and pans, and removes easily for cleaning.”
2. KidKraft® Grand Gourmet Corner Kitchen Play Set, $299, marked down to $269.99
“Doors open, knobs turn and the faucet swivels for realistic play. Metal pot, pan and spatulas add extra enjoyment. Removable sink makes cleanup easy. Corner design fits perfectly into any room.”
3. Step 2 Lifestyle Deluxe Kitchen, $699.99 (Australian dollars)
“WARNING! It could make your real kitchen jealous! This deluxe play kitchen is loaded with features, accessories, and storage space, which will keep your children busy for hours imaging they are a five-star chef! Made in USA of US and imported parts (phone, play food, light, faucet, electronic keypads, and burner made in China). ”
From the Play Room
4. Create Your Own Light and Sound Kitchen, $49.99
“Get your own little master chef a kitchen set where they can use their imagination to mimic all the things you do in the kitchen. With lights and sound to stimulate your child senses and add a touch of reality to their play time. This toy kitchen set has everything you will find in your kitchen from the oven and stove top right down to the kitchen cutlery. The perfect gift for the child always wanting to help in the kitchen while your [sic] trying to cook.”
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5. Gourmet Kitchen Collection, $557 (no longer available in its entirety)
“We’ve updated our top-of-the-line kitchen with a slightly slimmer profile to better suit small spaces. Each piece has interactive elements that encourage creative play and motor development, including knobs that click, a sink that holds water, doors that open and close, clock hands that turn, spinning faucet handles, and a soap pump that goes up and down.”
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This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on December 20, 2011