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A Brief History of Kitchens, Without Too Many Cooks in Them

You know someone at the MoMA is patting themselves on the back for the brilliantly witty naming of Counter Space, the retrospective of 20th-century kitchens that opened last week. Highlights include a near-complete model of a "Frankfurt Kitchen," which was built for public housing in post-WW1 Frankfurt, Germany, as a means to modernize the city. Designed in the 1920s by Grete Schütte-Lihotzky, the kitchen's a study in efficiency that's "more radical than the one Walter Gropius designed for his own home," according to Juliet Kinchin, the show's curator. Highlights above.

We were inspired by the theme, so we put together our own retrospective of kitchens throughout the decades. You'll probably find some of these awfully familiar:

· Counter Culture [T Magazine]
· Counter Space: Design and the Modern Kitchen [MoMA]