Design for the Real World: Kitchen

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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.

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

( 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.

( 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.

( 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.

( Courtesy of MoMA, New York )
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