Lilly Reich Single-Person Apartment in The Dwelling of Our Time, German Building Exhibition, Berlin, Germany (Two perspectives, cooking cupboard with side cabinet) 1931

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In her designs for several kitchens at the 1931 German Building Exhibition in Berlin, Reich embraced the rational principles of the domestic reformers Christine Frederick and Erna Meyer. Reich’s Apartment for a Single Person featured a cooking cabinet that subsequently was put into production by Otto Kahn. When closed, it appeared to be an ordinary closet or wardrobe, but when opened it revealed a sink, shelves, two burners, drawers, counter space, and a hook on which to hang a kettle.

Gallery label from Designing Modern Women 1890–1990, October 5, 2013–October 1, 2014.
Ink on tracing paper
9 7/8 x 18 3/8" (25.1 x 46.7 cm)
Lilly Reich Collection, Mies van der Rohe Archive
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Architecture and Design

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