Often cooktops were installed on a countertop that overlooked the den/living room or on an island in the center of the kitchen. These appliances utilized a downdraft exhaust, eliminating the need for a vent hood.
My mother had a wall oven and detached cooktop in her early-1960s kitchen, and I remember that another benefit of the configuration was not having to stand at a stove that was generating heat from the burners and the oven. Cooking was much more comfortable. If my 1950 kitchen would accommodate a wall oven, I'd love to have one.
Thermador is still in business, and replacement parts for vintage Thermador appliances are still fairly easy to find, as are the vintage ovens and cooktops themselves.
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