Chapter 15: Kitchen as home: Shifting meanings
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This chapter outlines the changes in the meanings of the kitchen as home across the 20th century and into the 21st. It examines the changes in kitchen design across this time period, exploring the impact of women kitchen designers such as Christine Frederick, Lillian Gilbreth and Grete Schütte-Lihotsky. It also examines the modernist kitchens of two women in mid-century Australia and their desire to feel at home in the kitchen. Finally, it uses the work of kitchen designer Johnny Grey and designer Kevin McCloud to discuss how the kitchen has moved from being a site of production to its role now as a site of consumption (not only of food, but also of design and objects). It draws on letters, interviews and autoethnography to explore the changing meanings of the kitchen as home. This move from a quotidian expression of daily life to one of spectacle has implications for the symbolic and material understandings of home. I argue that the kitchen is still home, but home now has a different meaning, as does the kitchen. Keywords: kitchen, home, symbolic, affect, modernism

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