Winter has had a death grip this year, and maybe you need something to lighten your creative spirits. Everywhere you look, there is end of winter/beginning of spring sales with great deals on some amazing and random things. Take advantage and find some thing to either use or make something great out of. I have seen some pretty good prices on some very interesting things from Pedlars, Three Potato Four, & West Elm.
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In school we covered this kitchen design briefly. I was captivated by its simple perfection, as well as the story of the woman who is responsible for it.
Grete Lihotzky (1987-2000) is known as the designer and architect of The Frankfurt Kitchen (above images). After her education (Vienna, during WWI) she worked to meet the need for better living conditions in Europe. In an effort to keep cost down, she simplified building techniques and design. The above kitchen system, the result of her efforts and research into human movement, was installed into 10,000 homes.
She later took part in a resistance effort during the Nazi era, was captured and imprisoned for the duration WWII.
“In post-World War I Germany, architect Grete Schütte-Lihotzky’s “Frankfurt Kitchen” was manufactured and installed in thousands of public-housing unit across Frankfurt am Main. Schütte-Lihotzky’s design took the kitchen out of hiding and into public light, showcasing smart, small, and ergonomic strategies for storage, appliances, and work areas.” Via Dwell
“Designed in 1926-27, Schütte-Lihotzky’s kitchen features thoughtful arrangement of storage, appliances, and work surfaces and is the precursor to the 1950s yellow and green kitchens and the kitchen as the hearth of the home.” Via Dwell
The Frankfurt Kitchen has now been reassembled at the New York Museum Of Modern Art and can be viewed through March 14, 2011
If you are in the neighborhood of 22nd st. in San Francisco (or even if you’re not) you should stop in Pot + Pantry. Specializing in “new and gently used kitchenware,” you will definitely find something fantastic you didn’t know you needed. If you are not in the area, try the Pot + Pantry online store. Although you would much rather visit in person if you can, because the shop is “nestled between an Irish pub and a hair salon.” How much more perfect a location could there be?