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New Frankfurt, Neue Frankfurt, Bernhard Hermkes, electric laundry, LIhotzky, Adolf Meyer, Dyckerhoff & Widmann, modern furniture, Ferdinand Kramer, Frankfurt Kitchen, Franz Schuster, Ernst May, Hausrat, Fritz Wichert, Der Stuhl, Max Cetto




Architectural History and Criticism | European History | History of Gender | Interior Architecture | Modern Art and Architecture | Social History | Women's History


Chapter three of Building Culture, “The New Woman’s Home. Kitchens, Laundry, Furnishings,” discusses household culture and modernization. It begins with the Frankfurt Kitchen and its designer, Grete Lihotzky, and continues with a discussion of electricity and the architect Adolf Meyer, and its expansion with the example of the electric laundries in the Frankfurt settlements. The next segment is a discussion of new furniture design, small, inexpensive furniture that was an essential partner to contemporary small house design and was avidly researched in the Frankfurt offices. Designers here include Kramer, Cetto and Schuster.

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This chapter is excerpted from the book,

The New Woman's Home, excerpt from Building Culture: Ernst May and the New Frankfurt Initiative, 1926-1931, by Susan R. Henderson. Peter Lang, 2013.

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