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Frankfurt kitchen (wikipedia.org)
75 points by kioleanu on Sept 18, 2018 | hide | past | favorite | 12 comments



Interesting! What really intrigues me is how very familiar, at a very very hindbrain level, this layout is to me. If someone asked me to sketch a generic kitchen, I would certainly draw something recognisably similar. Sets me wondering how much else that fades into the scenery day-to-day in the modern world has its origin in someone's deliberate design.


This is also known as a "galley kitchen" similar to those found in the galley of ship:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Galley_(kitchen)


Correct me if I'm wrong but a galley kitchen is just a kitchen of certain dimensions(that is, long and narrow), whereas the Frankfurt kitchen is a complete layout, involving location of drawers, appliances, etc.


From the link:

>"The term galley kitchen is also used to refer to the design of household kitchen wherein the units are fitted into a continuous array with no kitchen table, allowing maximum use of a restricted space, and work with the minimum of required movement between units.

The first mass-produced galley kitchen design was known as the Frankfurt kitchen, designed by Margarete Schütte-Lihotzky."

The Frankfurt Kitchen was a type of galley kitchen.


My house has a vintage-1959 galley kitchen, which is Taylorist along the same lines as the OP, and I have to say: it is a really efficient work space. You don't have to waste steps walking around. I (personally) prefer the galley layout to the square layout (vintage 1920) that I previously had.


This video has a lot more pictures and information: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jJiFBHU2ZMM


Only learned about this because of highly ranked r/DIY post from someone in Germany just the other day.


I've seen these in person and the thing that always struck me is how much smaller people used to be. The heights of counters, everything.


I've been trying without success to find a picture of the Stuttgart kitchen mentioned in the article. Anyone?


Possibly this: https://i.pinimg.com/originals/57/1b/42/571b4248477766f98f58...

Or one of the pictures here: http://www.worldcat.org/title/weissenhof-houses-5-9-kitchen-...

Very low quality, but I suspect you won't find much better without a physical copy.


Seems to be known as the weissenhof house built for Jacobus Oud. http://www.worldcat.org/title/weissenhof-houses-5-9-kitchen-...


Interesting as we have basically spent 2.5 years building a Frankfurt kitchen without the humans...




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