The 60s and 70s:  Designer Kitchens and Scaled-Down Efficiency

The unique architecture of the 1960's influenced kitchens in two ways:  1) the higher-end, designer ones began to look more space-age where one could barely tell that it was a kitchen at all and 2) Home builders looking to appeal to the middle class began developing smaller, less white-washed kitchens that felt more 'homey'. 

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1960

This early 1960s kitchen shows a more modern, streamlined look where everything is built in.  You'd barely even notice the stove if walking by!

 

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1966

Doris Day in her Malibu Kitchen in 1966.  This design would eventually become a mainstay in homes across America as the kitchen became smaller and felt more like a comfortable 'command center' than its own room.  This worked incredibly well with the ranch houses of the day that had more open layouts.  

 

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Moving in to the 1970's, what used to be known as the 'kitchen' really ceased to be so as the family's dining table typically moved to be the centerpiece of the room.  

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