The Inimitable Iris Apfel + Café Appliances: A Bold and Ambitious Pairing

With her singular sense of style and unabashed individuality, 100-year-old style icon Iris Apfel is the ideal muse for Café’s Bold Ambition kitchen. This beacon of self-expression is the perfect fit for a style-conscious brand offering consumers creative freedom in kitchen design.


Café Iris Apfel

A bold and ambitious kitchen design requires a bold and ambitious muse – and the vivacious, funky flair of centenarian style icon Iris Apfel is exactly the inspiration Café’ Appliances’ Bold Ambition kitchen needed. 
Café’s newly-minted partnership with the 100-year-old beacon of self-expression is ideal for a brand built on customization in kitchen design. Known for her brightly-colored, rule-breaking fashion and interior design choices, Apfel has an unwavering commitment to individualism. Her advice? “People should celebrate their originality and not want to be part of a herd.” 

Unveiled at 2022’s KBIS industry event and inspired by Apfel, Café’s Bold Ambition kitchen features striking black cabinetry paired with white pinstripes, complemented by the Café appliance suite in Matte Black. In true Apfel style, the design is awash in interest with pattern, texture, and vibrant shades of green.  

“Iris is such an inspiration for us on many levels,” says designer TK Wismer, the creative mind behind the KBIS kitchen exhibits. “I especially love how she marries fashion and interiors, which is a big source of inspiration for Café. She is authentic and bold and unapologetically committed to maximalism and her signature style.” 

Self-expression is the hallmark of Café’s collections, showcasing equal parts personality and performance. Handpicking appliances with customized details to create a one-of-a-kind kitchen makes Café as much a tool of individual style as Apfel’s signature super-sized, black-rimmed glasses and “more is more” jewelry. Likewise, Café gives consumers options for an updated, layered look with mixed metals and a variety of finishes that create striking combinations to reflect personal style. 

Apfel, who’s been pushing creative boundaries her entire life, styles her home with the same verve as her fashion. She embellishes her kitchen with objects collected in world travels (pitchers and bowls, for example) that she finds “utilitarian and amusing.” Pictures and posters that reflect her personality help give the kitchen a flavor. 

“I like to dress a kitchen,” Apfel says. “I think the kitchen is really the heart of a house—especially a Café Appliances kitchen. “To me, dressing a house and dressing a person are one and the same,” she says. “I think a house should reflect the people who live there.” 

Café couldn’t agree more. With 100 years of showing the world how to live to panache, Apfel is a muse for fashion, interiors and life. Café’s partnership with Apfel will be featured in spring issues of Vogue magazine, as well as on our social media channels.