Counter Space: Design and modern cooking


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Over the last century, cooking, more than any other piece of modern dwelling, has been the subject of an aesthetic innovation and intensive technology. Historically, European and American kitchens were often dull, poorly ventilated and hidden in a basement or an annexe. Towards the end of the nineteenth century, however, cooking became a central concern of modernism and a test ground for new materials and technologies. Since then, the room has come to articulate and sometimes actively challenge societal relations with food, consumerism, the domestic role of women and even international politics. Counter Space examines the transformation of 20th century cooking by the collection of the Modern Art Museum, with a wide variety of design objects, architectural plans, Posters, archival photographs and artworks – ranging from the iconic Frankfurt Cuisine, produced in series for the German public habitats following the First World War world, to an electric tea kettle, heat-resistant glass products and colorful plastics such as Tupperware and Japanese artificial food. With an introductory essay by Juliet Kinchin, Curator in MoMA 's Architecture and Design Department, this volume is an animated exploration of cooking as a barometer of technology, aesthetics and changing ideologies. Used book in good condition



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