Counter Space Catalog
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.
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- In post-World War I Germany, architect Grete Schütte-Lihotzky's "Frankfurt Kitchen" was manufactured and installed in thousands of public-housing unit across Frankfurt am Main.
Counter Space 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 Schütte-Lihotzky. In the aftermath of World War I, thousands of these kitchens were manufactured for public-housing estates being built around the city of Frankfurt-am-Main in Germany. Schütte-Lihotzky’s compact and ergonomic design, with its integrated approach to storage, appliances, and work surfaces, reflected a commitment to transforming the lives of ordinary people on an ambitious scale.
Featured alongside the Frankfurt Kitchen is a 1968 mobile fold-out unit manufactured by the Italian company Snaidero. These two complete kitchens are complemented by a wide variety of design objects, architectural plans, posters, archival photographs, and selected artworks, all drawn from MoMA’s collection. Prominence is given to the contribution of women throughout the exhibition, not only as the primary consumers and users of the domestic kitchen, but also as reformers, architects, designers, and as artists who have critically addressed kitchen culture and myths.
This exhibition is organized by Juliet Kinchin, Curator, and Aidan O’Connor, Curatorial Assistant, Department of Architecture and Design.
Soon to open at MoMA is Counter Space: Design and the Modern Kitchen, an exhibition chronicling the transformation of 20th century kitchen design. On September 14th, MoMA's Department of Communications will host a media preview of the event from 10:00-12:00 PM, with remarks at 11:00 AM to field questions about the exhibition and shed some light into the curators' vision.
RSVP to the Department of Communications by phone at 212-708-9401 or through email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- The world is shrinking, dear readers, and it doesn't show any signs of stopping.
- With a few days off and some time to travel, now is your chance to catch new shows as well as the tail ends of the exhibitions you've been meaning to make it to.
Taking MoMA's exhibition The New Typography as a point of departure, curator Juliet Kinchin leads the discussion on the once and future meanings of New Typography.
In the 1920s and 1930s, the so-called New Typography movement brought graphics and information design to the forefront of the artistic avant-garde in Central Europe. The New Typography, an installation of posters and numerous small-scale works, is drawn from MoMA's rich collection of Soviet Russian, German, Dutch, and Czechoslovakian graphics.
Guests will receive a set of limited-edition coasters designed by Chester Jenkins.
- An array of items fills up the halls at Tendence—experimental furniture, textiles, lighting, clothing, jewelry, and more—but housewares and accessories were most prevalent.