Counter Space: Design + The Modern Kitchen

In MoMA’s current exhibition,
Counter Space, a recreation of the 1926 Frankfurt Kitchen stirs up a dialogue about how this room has evolved from a once-hidden area, to a prominent hub of the home.

On view at MoMA until March 14th, the Counter Space exhibit explores the kitchen and provides an in-depth look at how this room has influenced the way we eat, the progression of women’s domestic roles and the science behind some of our modern, go-to appliances. A complete example of the Frankfurt Kitchen, designed by Grete Schütte-Lihotzky in 1926, is the main attraction of the retrospective – and also a showcase of the earliest work by a female architect in MoMA’s collection. Conceived for a German housing project and the result of many meticulous focus groups, the Frankfurt Kitchen was a wonder of efficiency, hygiene and convenience.

Aside from this marvel, Counter Space features classic advertisements, anti-domestic images, and revolutionary tools from the past century that have made the kitchen such a vital part of our lives. To see more of this fascinating collection, visit the MoMA or check out the Counter Space blog over at

1. Margarete Schütte-Lihotzky. Frankfurt Kitchen from the Höhenblick Housing Estate, Frankfurt, Germany (reconstruction),1926–27
2. 12- Cut Pie Marker, Unknown Artist, 1950’s
3. Serving bowl by Kenneth Brozen, 1963
4. Kitchen Knife and Cutting Board by Ergonomi Design Gruppen, 1973
5. Ceci N’est Pas une Truelle Cake Server by Philippe Starck, 1996
6. Nesting Refrigerator Bowls by Earl Tupper, 1945
7. Publicity photo for Future Kitchen scale model by Charles McKinney, c. 1946

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