Kitchen cabinetry, sink, stool, lighting fixture; stool has three blue legs and wood seat; single-bulb light fixture is white enamelled on top and is saucer-shaped, bulb of light does not function; Siemens cookstove with small oven and two burners; 12 metal bins for dry staples; one large metal scrap bin

Frankfurt Kitchen, 1926-1930

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The Frankfurt Kitchen introduced concepts that still appeal to us today. It is efficient, space-saving, and easy to clean. Prep while sitting on a stool, dry your dishes in the rack above the sink. Baking and cooking staples are kept handy in labeled aluminum bins. Unlike old-style kitchens with dirty, wood-burning stoves, this kitchen has a modern electric stove, a large window for natural light, a movable ceiling light fixture, a pass-through to the dining room, and even a mounted ironing board (for freshly pressed napkins'). Schütte-Lihotzky studied train dining cars and ship galleys as well as the work of kitchen reformers when designing the Frankfurt Kitchens. Mass-produced, they were installed in 10,000 new apartments built to ease Germany’s housing shortage after World War I.

Details
Title
Frankfurt Kitchen
Artist Life
1897–2000
Role
Designer
Accession Number
2004.195
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Kitchen cabinetry, sink, stool, lighting fixture; stool has three blue legs and wood seat; single-bulb light fixture is white enamelled on top and is saucer-shaped, bulb of light does not function; Siemens cookstove with small oven and two burners; 12 metal bins for dry staples; one large metal scrap bin