Design for the Real World: Kitchen

Feature

Friday, January 28, 2011

Kitchen designer Lyn Peterson says that everything we take for granted can be traced back to the Frankfurt Kitchen, created by Margarete Schütte-Lihotzky in the late 1920s. It's the mother of all modern kitchens, and an original version was recently acquired by New York's Museum of Modern Art.

Produced by Britta Conroy-Randall.

Frankfurt Kitchen Slide 1 Original
Courtesy of MoMA, New York

The conventional fitted kitchen that's found in almost every modern home is based on the Frankfurt Kitchen, designed in Germany in 1926.

Frankfurt Kitchen Slide 2 MoMA
Courtesy of MoMA, New York

The Museum of Modern Art in New York recently acquired a reconstruction of the original Frankfurt Kitchen, built by one of the first female architects in Austria, Margarete Schütte-Lihotzky.

Frankfurt Kitchen Slide 3 MoMA
Courtesy of MoMA, New York

Schütte-Lihotzky studied the writings of the engineer Frederick Winslow Taylor – who aimed to economize movement in factories – and then applied Taylor’s ideas to her kitchen design.

Frankfurt Kitchen Slide 4 MoMA
Courtesy of MoMA, New York

The Frankfurt Kitchen was the first kitchen to feature cabinets, counter tops, stovetops, cutlery drawers, and integrated sinks. Before its design, the kitchen was a large room with separate pieces of furniture for storing food and crockery.

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Comments [1]

rashed from Bangladesh

When people think of remodeling their home they often focus on the kitchen and the bathrooms. There is a good reason for this they are two of the most highly used rooms in your home. We won't get into why the bathroom is so widely used but the kitchen has multiple jobs. The first job is the most relevant job and that is for cooking and eating. But many people over look all the other main tasks of the kitchen. Such as a study area for your kids to do their home work. Reading the morning paper or a book at the kitchen table.

Jan. 03 2012 07:41 AM

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