Monday, March 7, 2011

Margarete Schütte-Lihotzky and the "Frankfurt Kitchen"

A new journal and a recent exhibition feature work by Margarete Schütte-Lihotzky (1897-2000), the Austrian architect who designed the "Frankfurt Kitchen" in 1926. 

This inaugural issue includes a translation of passages from Schütte-Lihotzky's Warum ich Architektin wurde (Why I Became an Architect). The extracts provide the rationale for the "work-only" design of the Frankfurt Kitchen, the eight basic elements of the kitchen (e.g., proper positioning of artificial lighting), and Schütte-Lihotzky's thoughts on design and the status of women.

The Frankfurt Kitchen is featured in the Museum of Modern Art's exhibition, Counter Space: Design and the Modern Kitchen (Sept. 15, 2010 - May 2, 2011). National Public Radio provides an overview of the exhibition in A Kitchen Revolution Aimed at Freeing Women (5 min 48 sec). 

Karen Melching covers conservation efforts at the Victoria and Albert Museum in the article, Frankfurt Kitchen: Patina Follows Function. For additional background information, see Susan Henderson's chapter, "A Revolution in the Woman's Sphere: Grete Lihotzky and the Frankfurt Kitchen," in Architecture and Feminism (Princeton Architectural Press, 1996).

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