The Midcentury Kitchen: America's Favorite Room, From Workspace To Dreamscape, 1940s-1970s
ISBN: 1682682285
EAN13: 9781682682289
Language: English
Release Date: May 7, 2019
Pages: 224
Dimensions: 1" H x 8" L x 8" W
Weight: 1.468279 lbs.
Format: Hardcover

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Nearly everyone alive today has experienced cozy, welcoming kitchens packed with conveniences that we now take for granted. Sarah Archer, in this delightful romp through a simpler time, shows us how the prosperity of the 1950s kicked off the technological and design ideals of today's kitchen. In fact, while contemporary appliances might look a little different and work a little better than those of the 1950s, the midcentury kitchen has yet to be improved upon.

During the optimistic consumerism of midcentury America when families were ready to put their newfound prosperity on display, companies from General Electric to Pyrex to Betty Crocker were there to usher them into a new era. Counter heights were standardized, appliances were designed in fashionable colors, and convenience foods took over families' plates.

With archival photographs, advertisements, magazine pages, and movie stills, The Midcentury Kitchen captures the spirit of an era--and a room--where anything seemed possible.

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   Leave it to Writer Sarah Archer!
They also took great pictures.
 
5
   Fascinating both reading wise and visually.
It is wonderful to see how the American kitchen has evolved in response to changing culture. Its functional purpose in the early 20th century is related to the marketing of appliances later in the as if they were similar to automobiles, where annual improvements fueled the desire for replacing the perfectly good old with new. The photographs and ads of the times are gorgeous.
 
5
   Great essay.
A very useful book not only for food design in the Midcentury, but also for the general visual conception of the electro-home world.
 
3
   Sample is better than the book
That being said, it is chock full of amusing text about good aspects of Mid 20th century kitchen design. Probably worth the money, but maybe you can save your money and borrow it first from the library.
 
5
   essential resource for mid-century kitchen reno
I am remodeling my home and want to have a modern look mid-century. This book has more ideas than any of the home renovation books - or websites - I have seen. In addition, it is just a great book to have on the coffee table.
 
3
   Fair. Not what I expected!
This book was kind of okay. Not a lot of work. '' I had previously purchased more than 60 % of the Better Homes and Garden decor and loved the photos. This book had very few photos and were small in size. Fortunately, the book had not focused so much on the typical kitchen at the World Expo and had offered more future kitchens from average homes of the era.
 
2
   Rehashed material
I was looking for a coffee table book of good graphics. This is a large book and the graphics are scans of small kitchen graphics from manufacturing companies. It is not very interesting to look at. I recommend you do not.
 
5
   Great look back at American kitchens
Well researched and written. Very modern look at the nostalgic modernization of the kitchen technology we take for granted.
 
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