The Berlin Werkbundarchiv - Museum der Dinge has to move due to a cancellation of the museum's lease by an anonymous real estate fund. This affects the entire archive and museum - including the culturally and historically significant Frankfurt Kitchen.
This is why we need your help! Donate here so that the Frankfurt Kitchen can be safely relocated and soon be open to the public again.
Our museum highlight, the Frankfurt Kitchen, is nearly 100 years old and very fragile. Its dismantling, relocation and reconstruction will require expensive, conservational supervision.
The Frankfurt Kitchen is a culturally and historically important testimony to the transfer of industrial, i.e. rationalized, work processes to the sphere of the private household. The example of the Frankfurt Kitchen, a design by Viennese architect Margarete Schütte-Lihotzky, illustrates key concepts of the 1920s: objectivity, functionality and, above all, standardization. In view of the urban housing shortage after World War I, the Frankfurt housing program was intended to provide affordable, efficient, and economical housing with simple, inexpensive furnishings for the growing population.
The Frankfurt Kitchen in the Werkbundarchiv - Museum der Dinge originates from a two-family terrace house at Heidenfeld 24 in the Römerstadt housing estate, built in 1927-28.
The Werkbundarchiv - Museum der Dinge, and with it the Frankfurt Kitchen, can still be visited at its current location at Oranienstrasse 25 in Kreuzberg until November 5, 2023.
End of May 2024, the museum will reopen at Leipziger Straße 54 in Berlin-Mitte, not far from Spittelmarkt.