Counter Space: Design and the Modern Kitchen by Aidan O'Connor, Juliet Kinchin

By Aidan O'Connor, Juliet Kinchin

Over the process the previous century, the kitchen, greater than the other room within the glossy residing, has been the focal point of in depth aesthetic and technological innovation. traditionally, ecu and American kitchens have been usually drab, poorly ventilated, and hidden from view in a basement or annex. towards the top of the 19th century, even though, the kitchen grew to become a critical challenge of modernism and a trying out flooring for brand new fabrics and applied sciences. on account that then, the room has come to articulate and from time to time actively problem societal relationships to foodstuff, consumerism, the family position of ladies, or even overseas politics. Counter house examines the twentieth-century transformation of the kitchen during the number of The Museum of contemporary artwork, that includes a large choice of layout items, architectural plans, posters, archival pictures and artworks--ranging from the enduring Frankfurt Kitchen, industrially produced for German public housing estates within the aftermath of worldwide conflict I, to an electrical tea kettle, heat-resistant glass wares, and colourful plastics, similar to Tupperware and jap man made nutrition. With an introductory essay by way of Juliet Kinchin, Curator in MoMA's division of structure and layout, this quantity is a full of life exploration of the kitchen as a barometer of fixing expertise, aesthetics, and ideologies.

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