<h1 class="page">COUNTER SPACE BLOG</h1> <div id="main" class="blog_post"> <div id="header"> Counter Space: Design and the Modern Kitchen </div> <div id="cs_nav" class="blog_post"> <a href="/interactives/exhibitions/2010/counter_space" class="introduction">Introduction</a> <a href="/interactives/exhibitions/2010/counter_space/the_new_kitchen" class="the_new_kitchen">The New Kitchen</a> <a href="/interactives/exhibitions/2010/counter_space/the_frankfurt_kitchen" class="the_frankfurt_kitchen">The Frankfurt Kitchen</a> <a href="/interactives/exhibitions/2010/counter_space/visions_of_plenty" class="visions_of_plenty">Visions of Plenty</a> <a href="/interactives/exhibitions/2010/counter_space/kitchen_sink_dramas" class="kitchen_sink_dramas">Kitchen Sink Dramas</a> <a href="/interactives/exhibitions/2010/counter_space/blog" class="blog">Blog</a> <br class="clear" /> </div> <div id="content"> <div class="box voices blog-entry"> <!--googleon: index--> <div class="share-button wide"> <a title="Share: Hidden Kitchens" class="share" rel="http://www.moma.org/explore/inside_out/2011/04/28/hidden-kitchens" href="#share"> <span class="text">Share this post</span> <span class="icon"> <br class="clear"> </span></a> </div> <a name="hidden-kitchens" id="hidden-kitchens"></a> <div class="date"> <small> April 28, 2011 <span class="blog-categories"> &nbsp;|&nbsp; <a href="/explore/inside_out/category/exhibitions">Collection &amp; Exhibitions</a>, <a href="/explore/inside_out/category/counter-space">Counter Space</a> </span> </small> </div> <h5 class="post"><a href="/explore/inside_out/2011/04/28/hidden-kitchens">Hidden Kitchens</a></h5> <p class="byline gray-type"> Posted by <a href="/explore/inside_out/author/jtobias">Jennifer Tobias</a>, Librarian, Reader Services </p> <div class="blog-content"> <div id="attachment_13672" style="width: 510px" class="wp-caption alignnone"><a href="https://www.moma.org/explore/inside_out/inside_out/wp-content/uploads/2011/04/mobile-kitchen-unit.jpg"><img class="size-full wp-image-13672" title="Virgilio Forchiassin . Spazio Vivo (Living Space) Mobile Kitchen Unit. 1968" src="https://www.moma.org/explore/inside_out/inside_out/wp-content/uploads/2011/04/mobile-kitchen-unit.jpg" alt="" width="500" height="346" srcset="https://moma.org/wp/inside_out/wp-content/uploads/2011/04/mobile-kitchen-unit.jpg 500w, https://moma.org/wp/inside_out/wp-content/uploads/2011/04/mobile-kitchen-unit-300x207.jpg 300w" sizes="(max-width: 500px) 100vw, 500px" /></a><p class="wp-caption-text">Virgilio Forchiassin. Spazio Vivo (Living Space) Mobile Kitchen Unit. 1968</p></div> <p><em><a href="http://www.moma.org/interactives/exhibitions/2010/counter_space">Counter Space: Design and the Modern Kitchen</a></em> addresses the role of the kitchen in 20th-century life. But what does modern design mean if you don’t have a kitchen? If you live, say, alone in a <a href="http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=90893167">wagon</a> in the Nevada desert? Or you reside in your <a href="http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=5232562">taxicab</a>, and you want Brazilian food that reminds you of home?<span id="more-13663"></span></p> <p>The fascinating <a href="http://www.npr.org/">National Public Radio</a> series <a href="http://www.npr.org/series/91851784/hidden-kitchens-the-kitchen-sisters">Hidden Kitchens</a> examines just that. <a href="http://www.kitchensisters.org/about.htm">Kitchen Sisters</a> Davia Nelson and Nikki Silva have discovered an amazing variety of ways that people adapt the materials of modern life to meet their culinary needs.</p> <p>For example, a group of shipyard workers uses <a href="http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=4052944">welding rods</a> to roast chickens. And a prison inmate found a way to make <a href="http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=4989099">pralines</a> in solitary confinement.</p> <p>To me, the most moving story reveals the practical significance of the <a href="http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=4075302">George Foreman Grill</a>:</p> <p>“So many immigrants, homeless people and others of limited means&#8230;have no kitchens, no legal or official place to cook&#8230;they have to sneak a kind of kitchen into their places. Crock pots, hot plates, microwaves and toaster ovens hidden under the bed. And now, the latest and safest appliance&#8230;the George Foreman Grill. It is, quite literally, a hidden kitchen.”</p> <div id="attachment_13671" style="width: 345px" class="wp-caption alignleft"><a href="https://www.moma.org/explore/inside_out/inside_out/wp-content/uploads/2011/04/collapsible-solar-cooker.jpg"><img class="size-full wp-image-13671" title="Dr. Adnan Tarcici. Solnar Tarcici Collapsible Solar Cooker. c.1970" src="https://www.moma.org/explore/inside_out/inside_out/wp-content/uploads/2011/04/collapsible-solar-cooker.jpg" alt="" width="335" height="294" srcset="https://moma.org/wp/inside_out/wp-content/uploads/2011/04/collapsible-solar-cooker.jpg 479w, https://moma.org/wp/inside_out/wp-content/uploads/2011/04/collapsible-solar-cooker-300x263.jpg 300w" sizes="(max-width: 335px) 100vw, 335px" /></a><p class="wp-caption-text">Dr. Adnan Tarcici. Solnar Tarcici Collapsible Solar Cooker. c.1970</p></div> <p><em>Counter Space</em> features very different kinds of mobile kitchens. For example, Dr. Adnan Tarcici’s <a href="http://www.moma.org/collection/object.php?object_id=1272">Solnar Tarcici Collapsible Solar Cooker</a> (1970) “hides” in a box and and uses only solar energy. And Virgilio Forchiassin’s <a href="http://www.moma.org/collection/object.php?object_id=3541">Spazio Vivo (Living Space) Mobile Kitchen Unit</a> (1968) can also be “hidden” by folding into a cube, and with its, built-in wheels you can take it on the road.</p> <p>The series reminds me that while we may be drawn to signal <a href="http://www.moma.org/interactives/exhibitions/2010/counter_space/visions_of_plenty">design objects</a> such as those featured in <em>Counter Space</em>, modern design includes any number of creative approaches to the never-ending human quest for a good, hot meal.</p> <p><em>Counter Space</em> closes on May 2, so don&#8217;t miss your chance to see this great show!</p> <div class="clear"></div> </div> <!--googleoff: index--> <p class="sub-nav"> <span class="blog-tags"> Tags: <span class="all-tags"> <a href="/explore/inside_out/tag/counter-space-design-and-the-modern-kitchen" title="Posts tagged Counter Space: Design and the Modern Kitchen (20)">Counter Space: Design and the Modern Kitchen</a>, <a href="/explore/inside_out/tag/kitchen-design" title="Posts tagged kitchen design (3)">kitchen design</a> </span> </span> </p> <div id="comments"> <a name="comments"></a> <form id="commentform" method="post" action="http://moma.org/wp/inside_out/api?json=submit_comment" class="JS_CommentForm"> <input type="hidden" name="post_id" value="13663" /> <input type="hidden" name="redirect" value="https://www.moma.org/interactives/exhibitions/2010/counter_space/blog/hidden-kitchens#commentform" /> <h2>Leave a Comment</h2> <div id="add-comment" class="comment"> <div class="response hidden"></div> <div class="required float-right">* required information</div> <div class="name">Name<span class="red-type">*</span></div> <input name="name" type="text" size="22" id="name" value="" /> <br class="clear" /> <div class="name">E-mail address<span class="red-type">*</span></div> <input name="email" type="text" size="22" id="email" value="" /> <br class="clear" /> <!-- <div class="name">Follow up</div> <input name="" id="subscribe" type="checkbox" tabindex="5" /> <label for="subscribe">Notify me of further comments on this post</label> <br class="clear" />--> <div class="name">Your comments<span class="red-type">*</span></div> <textarea name="content" rows="7" cols="50" id="content"></textarea> <br class="clear" /> <div id="captcha"> <input name="captcha_challenge" type="hidden" value="34089" /> <div class="name">Spam check<span class="red-type">*</span></div> <div class="input"> <img alt="Cri_71451" longdesc="&lt;a href=&quot;http://moma.org/collection/browse_results.php?object_id=34089&quot;&gt;&lt;i&gt;Ding&lt;/i&gt;&lt;/a&gt;. 1971. 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