Design trends come and go just like anything in this world. If we are to look back at how modern architecture has changed over the years, the best thing to look into is how the kitchen has evolved. In the 1950s, homes used to have a kitchen that has day-glo and pastel domestic colors to it while modern design has high end and open spaces when it comes to the kitchen of modern foodies. The modern kitchen is the very place where there are countless evolutions happening from technology, material to the social happenings.
Last month, a new exhibition was opened at the MoMA or Museum of Modern Art entitled How Should We Live: Propositions for the Modern Interior. According to the exhibit, the changes in our social shift when it comes to domestic spaces started in the late 1920s and in the 1930s. This is the time when a group of designers and architects, mostly composed of women who were not credited properly, changes that kitchen space in a way that still is still visible in the modern world. It was in these generations that many ideas were created such as efficiency of space, the free-flowing design, the modern materials used and better implementation of designs that separated us from the old household designs. After several decades, these ideas are still used by many designers.
According to Juliet Kinchin, the curator of the museum, during the time when the cooking is still done in solid fuels, many futuristic designers have already envisioned the future when gas and electricity is already available. Even before that time they have already painted the way they view the modern life. This is evident from a poster that was created in the late 1920s in which it said the people will be free from outmoded habits – in thoughts as well as equipment. Many of the designs at the exhibit are mainly propositions of what is to come when the city is new and there is power and electricity available.
Many designers as well as interior designer in Thailand are in awe of how the past have already envisioned the future and still continues to be the basis of modern design.