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September 13, 2010  |  Collection & Exhibitions, Counter Space
There Will Never Be Enough Counter Space…

Hello, Juliet and Aidan here. We’ll be posting here regularly to share behind-the-scenes stories and to expand on themes and objects explored in the Counter Space exhibition, as well as to feature some bits that did not make the final cut.

We are kicking off our series of blog posts with this image from one of the many wonderful books/magazines/adverts we stumbled across while preparing Counter Space, which opens this Wednesday. The House for You: To Build, Buy, or Rent by Catharine and Harold Sleeper was published in 1948, amidst a flood of post-war sources interested in kitchens. Here’s a quote from the section on kitchen layout, which echoes some of the principles of the 1926–27 Frankfurt Kitchen, on view in the exhibition:

“Whatever shape or size your kitchen may take, keep the range, sink, and work centers grouped as near together as possible. These three centers should form an assembly line as efficient as those in an industrial plant. Feeding people is the world’s largest industry. Your family food-workshop can and should be both efficient and home-like. You may design the general effect to be super-sanitary or tavern-like, as your taste dictates.”


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yes I agrre, there can not be enough counter space. But as i read in some comments, the People want to have ,more Cupbords.
In my opinion, everything should bre reduced to a Minimum.
Cooking, Cleaning, freezing. That’s all you need. And when you focus on that you can design wonderful Kitchen.
Whatever you collect in your Cupbords,most of the Items are not used.
If you have 2 big Drawers,one Drawer for Forks and Knifes next to your Oven/Hob, some Storing space for the Plates and some Space for the Food, it is all you require.
Use the other Space in the Room to arrange s big Table or some Decoration.

Make it friendly and efficient.
Family friends food and be sure music can be heard.
Move towards a system to encourage re-use as opposed to recycling.
Avoid fashion trends so your kitchen can last a lifetime so resources energy and time can be saved for projects worthwhile of a member of a society.
Use materials , fittings , fixtures and appliances that can be repaired. For example spend some good money on a decent kettle with a timeless design and a replaceable element and hand it down to your kids as opposed to replacing a clapped out plastic piece of trash once a year due to operation or fashion failure.
It will cost less in the long run and in the meantime you can have fun ranting at your friends.
Take some time to plan and understand the kitchens place.
A wonderful place.
Form Function Not Fashion.
And don’t forget the Food with Family and Friends.
As for counter space, you can never have enough friends and family so make sure there is a table big enough for them.

Haha! Love the implication that super efficient and sanitary does not coincide with tavern-like … but … keep the design correct! Can’t wait to see the exhibit !

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