Ode to the First Modern Kitchen

August 2021
The “Frankfurt Kitchen” designed by Margarete Schütte-Lihotzky in1926 was an architectural interior breakthrough. It is considered the first kitchen ever built using a unified concept that united low-cost design with an efficient layout. It’s estimated that 10,000 units were built in the late 1920s to address Frankfurt’s housing shortage.

The example on display at the New York Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) occupies a space of just a smidgeon over 6 feet by 11 feet. Each kitchen featured a revolving stool, a gas stove, built-in storage, a foldaway ironing board, an adjustable ceiling light, and a removable garbage drawer. MoMA’s Frankfurt Kitchen is distinguished by blue-green cabinets.

This video — Frankfurter Kitchen Compare video clips – YouTube — highlights the advantages of the Frankfurt Kitchen compared to the more primitive kitchens of the day.

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