The “Frankfurt Kitchen” gives an interesting insight into the architecture of the inter-war period. The lack of housing caused by the First World War meant comfortable living quarters needed to be provided over a very small space. As part of the social residential building project “The New Frankfurt”, Margarete Schütte-Lihotzky developed impressive, functional kitchen furnishings in 1926 that was designed to make work in the kitchen run as smoothly as possible. As more and more women were going out to work, the kitchen aimed to make it easier for them to combine housework with paid employment. Thanks to the series production of standardised furniture of this kind, the “Frankfurt Kitchen” was also inexpensive and thus affordable for all. This revolution influenced kitchen planning around the world and is now regarded as the prototype of today’s fitted kitchen.


  • Title: Frankfurt kitchen
  • Creator: Margarete Schuette-Lihotzky
  • Date Created: 1928
  • Location: Germanisches Nationalmuseum, Nuremberg, permanent exhibition "20th century"
  • Location Created: Frankfurt am Main, Germany
  • Provenance: Acquired by Germanisches Nationalmuseum, Nuremberg
  • Rights: Germanisches Nationalmuseum, Nürnberg (Foto: GNM / Monika Runge)
  • Medium: spruce wood, orignally grey painted; linoeleum, aluminium, nickel silver
  • Art Movement: 20th century
  • Artist Dates: 1897 - 2000

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