Moving Toward "Built In" vs. Standalone
As the kitchen became more important, home builders began considering how they could make many of these standalone items included in the home build itself.
A display for a modern Efficiency Kitchen in 1917. Here we see how the shelving, cabinetry, and lighting for a kitchen started to move toward becoming part of the space vs. an element inside it.
This early 1920's photo of a model Koehler kitchen shows the big progress that was made with building-in the key elements. This ultimately saved space and made the kitchen more flexible, which meant that the concept of a 'kitchen table' was now possible!
A 1920's kitchen showing the inclusion of built-in cabinetry, a now smaller sink that was part of the build, and a stove that was now a simple turn away. Oh and linoleum!