KITCHEN: Kitsch or Modern Art?

If I were in NYC this week I’d be headed over to MOMA to see The Frankfurt Kitchen designed in 1926, part of the larger show “Counter Space:Design and the Modern Kitchen”. Read more about it at the NPR blog. The exhibit features films and the politics behind keeping ‘the little woman’ in the kitchen. As I study the picture of The Frankfurt Kitchen above, I’m struck by the clean modern lines that designer Margarete Schuette-Lihotzky came up with. The open shelving is a concept I’m very in favor of. Note the chair and “desk” area…in those days it was for working with kitchen tools like meat grinders instead of a home office set up for your computer. This one would make me uncomfortable, though, because sitting there your back is to the long “poison arrow” of the galley. Solution? A mirrored wall in front of the chair so you can see what’s behind you. Might even be able to use highly polished stainless steel. What do you think? Is MOMA getting kitschy or does this kitchen exhibit qualify as modern art?

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