The kitchen : life world, usage, perspectives by Spechtenhauser, Klaus

By Spechtenhauser, Klaus

Das Buch erschließt den Lesern die Küche als zentralen Wohnraum des häuslichen Lebens. Die Autorinnen und Autoren untersuchen die Küche – die in den 1990er Jahren als modisch-repräsentatives Designobjekt ins Zentrum rückte – in Bezug auf ihre architektonischen, kulturellen, sozialen sowie ökonomischen Bedeutungen

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Where was one to begin? What tools were available? What formative language could lead to the new without constantly reminding one of the old? g. row housing, three-story border structures, ribbon development, free space, social and commercial developments), but also aspects of the traditional design of Viennese residential dwellings from the pre-war period in terms of the relationship 46 The picture of today’s kitchen is shaped by a variety of uses and standards of decoration: 1 Open kitchen/living room in a private house in the Canton of Basel, photograph 2001.

But in comparison to the housing achievements of larger cities like Vienna, Berlin, and Hamburg – where at least until the Second World War modern housing projects availed themselves primarily of more established types of kitchen – this was a negligible number. No, the reasons for the continued implementation of Margarete Schütte-Lihotzky’s working kitchen can be more easily discerned in the larger social context. On the one hand, rationalization of the private household was in keeping with the times – although in terms of type of room, furniture, and unity of purpose, the “Frankfurt Kitchen” was a novum.

Now, it was even easier simply to reach into the deep freezer. Individual “menus” replaced the monotone character of the family meal and made it unnecessary to sit around the table together. The fitted Kitchen as a Standard The conversion of the kitchen into an arsenal of kitchen machines and appliances was accompanied by the widespread construction of fitted kitchens. Architects and planners, and appliance and kitchen manufacturers promoted these kitchens as the ideal model. In trade and lifestyle magazines, such as Schöner Wohnen and Ideales Heim, the fitted kitchen was presented in idealized form and as essential to the modern and rationally managed household.

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