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February 17, 2011

For you Dwellers who can't get enough modern kitchens, and who may not have made it to the show Counter Space: Design and the Modern Kitchen up at MoMA in New York through May 2nd, the show's well-laid-out catalog is for you. A managable, well-illustrated book, Counter Space by Juliet Kinchin and Aidan O'Connor is a visual tour through 20th century kitchen design that extends from classic products and spatial innovations to an image of Jack Lemmon straining pasta through a tennis racket from the film The Apartment. My colleague Miyoko Ohtake posted on the show back in September, paying special attention to architect Grete Schütte-Lihotzky's famed Frankfurt Kitchen design, but as the book is out this month I figured I'd refresh your memories. Have a look.

The cover of Counter Space offers us a winking view of domestic tranquility. The objects inside the book however take a much more functionalist view of the space where we cook and clean.
The cover of Counter Space offers us a winking view of domestic tranquility. The objects inside the book however take a much more functionalist view of the space where we cook and clean.
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As part of the exhibit, MoMA installed a replica of Grete Schutte-Lihotsky's Frankfurt Kitchen. It was designed in the mid 1920's as part of a worker housing complex in Frankfurt.
As part of the exhibit, MoMA installed a replica of Grete Schutte-Lihotsky's Frankfurt Kitchen. It was designed in the mid 1920's as part of a worker housing complex in Frankfurt.
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Stuttgarter Gesellschaft fŸr Kunst und Denkmalpflege, 2005
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Italian Virgilio Forchiassin's 1968 Mobile Kitchen Unit folds up into a manageable box when you're through with it.
Italian Virgilio Forchiassin's 1968 Mobile Kitchen Unit folds up into a manageable box when you're through with it.
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Digital Image © 2010 MoMA, N.Y.
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With much of the kitchen design in Counter Space springing out of Europe and America, this Yemeni solar cooker from around 1970 offers a glimpse of other forms of cooking. Adnan Tarcici is the designer.
With much of the kitchen design in Counter Space springing out of Europe and America, this Yemeni solar cooker from around 1970 offers a glimpse of other forms of cooking. Adnan Tarcici is the designer.
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Tom Wesselmann's painting Still Life #30, April 1963 gives us a flat, and flattened take on American consumption and how the kitchen is as much an engine for our appetites as our closets and garages.
Tom Wesselmann's painting Still Life #30, April 1963 gives us a flat, and flattened take on American consumption and how the kitchen is as much an engine for our appetites as our closets and garages.
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Digital Image © MoMA, N.Y.
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I love these brochures for Alcan Foil from the early 60s. There were designed by German Rolf Harder.
I love these brochures for Alcan Foil from the early 60s. There were designed by German Rolf Harder.
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The Trace and Warner teakettle from 1939 is an American design.
The Trace and Warner teakettle from 1939 is an American design.
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This Finnish bread knife from the 1950s is fearsome indeed. It was manufactured by Jernbolaget.
This Finnish bread knife from the 1950s is fearsome indeed. It was manufactured by Jernbolaget.
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This poster advertising "the practical kitchen" was designed by Helene Haasbauer-Wallrath for an exhibit in Basel, Switzerland in 1930.
This poster advertising "the practical kitchen" was designed by Helene Haasbauer-Wallrath for an exhibit in Basel, Switzerland in 1930.
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Digital Image © 2010 MoMA, N.Y.
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Borosilicate glass (Pyrex) and steel make up this Corning Glass Works frying pan from around 1942.
Borosilicate glass (Pyrex) and steel make up this Corning Glass Works frying pan from around 1942.
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Digital Image © MoMA, N.Y.
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This kitchen tool set is from 1965 and was designed by German Peter Raacke. It was manufactured by Hessische Metallwerke.
This kitchen tool set is from 1965 and was designed by German Peter Raacke. It was manufactured by Hessische Metallwerke.
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Roberto Sambonet's Center Line set of stainless steel cookware is from 1964.
Roberto Sambonet's Center Line set of stainless steel cookware is from 1964.
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The cover of Counter Space offers us a winking view of domestic tranquility. The objects inside the book however take a much more functionalist view of the space where we cook and clean.
The cover of Counter Space offers us a winking view of domestic tranquility. The objects inside the book however take a much more functionalist view of the space where we cook and clean.

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