The MoMA Celebrates Evolution Of Kitchen Design

Calling all kitchen fans! If you’re in New York from Sept. 15, 2010 to March 14, 2011, a stop at the Museum of Modern Art is a must.
A new exhibit, “Counter Space: Design And The Modern Kitchen,” “explores the twentieth-century transformation of the kitchen and highlights MoMA’s recent acquisition of an unusually complete example of the iconic ‘Frankfurt Kitchen,’ designed in 1926-27 by the architect Grete Schutte-Lihotzky,” according to the museum.

In addition to viewing the Frankfurt Kitchen, exhibit guests will also observe a 1968 mobile fold-out unit, manufactured by Italian company Snaidero.
A variety of architectural plans, posters, archival photographs and other materials complete the exhibit, which delves into the kitchen as far more than a space in which to prepare meals.
“Since the innovations of Schutte-Lihotzky and her contemporaries in the 1920s, kitchens have continued to articulate, and at times actively challenge, our relationship to the food we eat, popular attitudes toward the domestic role of women, family life, consumerism, and even political ideology in the case of the celebrated 1959 ‘Kitchen Debate’ that took place between Richard Nixon and Nikita Khrushchev in Moscow at the height of the Cold War,” according to the MoMa.
Personally, I’d love to travel to NYC to catch this exhibit. And another item on my bucket list? Viewing Julia Child’s kitchen at The Smithsonian. What iconic kitchen would you like to see in person?
Photo courtesy of MoMA

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