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Italian cabinetry manufacturer Snaidero's 1968 Spazio Vivo (Living Space) Mobile Kitchen Unit is part of the new design and modern kitchen exhibit at MoMA.

MoMA exhibition: Counterspace: Design and the Modern Kitchen

MoMA exhibition: Counterspace: Design and the Modern Kitchen

  • German architect Margrete Schtte-Lihotzky's 1926-27 Frankfurt Kitchen is one of the MoMA exhibits that looks at key moments in kitchen design since the early 1900s.

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    German architect Margrete Schtte-Lihotzky's 1926-27 Frankfurt Kitchen is one of the MoMA exhibits that looks at key moments in kitchen design since the early 1900s.

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    German architect Margrete Schtte-Lihotzky's 1926-27 Frankfurt Kitchen is one of the MoMA exhibits that looks at key moments in kitchen design since the early 1900s.

  • Italian cabinetry manufacturer Snaidero's 1968 Spazio Vivo (Living Space) Mobile Kitchen Unit is part of the new design and modern kitchen exhibit at MoMA.

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    Italian cabinetry manufacturer Snaidero's 1968 Spazio Vivo (Living Space) Mobile Kitchen Unit is part of the new design and modern kitchen exhibit at MoMA.

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    Courtesy the Museum of Modern Art

    Italian cabinetry manufacturer Snaidero's 1968 Spazio Vivo (Living Space) Mobile Kitchen Unit is part of the new design and modern kitchen exhibit at MoMA.

  • A variety of kitchenware, including Tupper Corp.'s 1954 polyethylene tumblers, is on display at MoMA.

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    A variety of kitchenware, including Tupper Corp.'s 1954 polyethylene tumblers, is on display at MoMA.

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    Courtesy the Museum of Modern Art

    A variety of kitchenware, including Tupper Corp.'s 1954 polyethylene tumblers, is on display at MoMA.

Perhaps no other room in the house has been influenced quite so directly by the past century’s social, economic, and political changes as the kitchen. Counterspace: Design and the Modern Kitchen, a new exhibition at New York’s Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), surveys key moments in the perpetual redesign of the kitchen since the early 1900s, in the context of evolving ideologies and technologies. Highlighting different perspectives on applying new innovations within the domestic sphere, Counterspace examines the myriad ways kitchen design reflects—and sometimes shapes—social values and agendas, our relationships with technology and food, and our attitudes about family life and the domestic role of women.

Three sections focus on major design moments in the 20th century that influenced the kitchen’s evolution, beginning with pre-war architects’ concepts of the modern, rational kitchen; followed by the post-war emphasis on consumer choice and leisure; and ending with contemporary artistic critiques of modern kitchen design. A selection of kitchen objects and gadgets, along with photography, film, prints, drawings, and paintings, augment each section. MoMA’s Counterspace runs through March 14, 2011.