he Department of Architecture and Design at New York’s Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) set out to wow the Big Apple’s public with one its latest shows – an exhibition about kitchen design, called Counter Space: Design and the Modern Kitchen.
This exhibition, which opened last September and continues until May 2, charts the evolution of kitchen design in the 20th century, and picks out three key periods.
The first takes in the 1920s, its main highlight being the seminal Frankfurt Kitchen, created in 1926-27 by Margarete Schütte-Lihotzky. Her famously compact design gave new-found prominence to the kitchen which, until that point, had generally been hidden from view in basements. The next phase focuses on the style of kitchen that emerged after the Second World War. In the US, this was spacious and comfortable, and boasted an abundance of frying pans, skimmers and mod-cons used for a multitude of different tasks. Finally, the show spotlights the contemporary kitchen, in which practicality is no longer the be-and-all; indeed, modern kitchen design now aims to reflect the emotional needs of the people who spend more and more of their time hanging out there.
The Spanish group Cosentino – maker of innovative surfaces – and more specifically its brand Silestone (the name for quartz surfaces), was keen to sponsor this exhibition, which helps raise awareness of its brand in this sector. Via its involvement in this show, Cosentino aims to raise its profile in America, both among consumers and architecture and design professionals.