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Cucina Moderna: 1951

Cucina Moderna: 1951

September 14, 1951. "Tillett residence at 170 E. 80th Street, New York City. Dining table." The minimalist townhouse kitchen of textile designers D.D. and Leslie Tillett. 4x5 inch acetate negative by Gottscho-Schleisner. View full size.


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I'd guess the sea shells were ash trays. Along with the corkscrew/bottle opener, all the essenshells.

Modern kitchen

Thank you for the link to the photos of the modern interior, Doug Floor Plan. I barely know what I’m looking at in some of the photos. (A Rolls Royce indoors? Whatever.) But the photo of the kitchen (#7) is so cold that I could imagine autopsies being performed in there. No, give me the minimalist kitchen of those textile designers, with essential items only on view (can opener, toaster, whisk broom, same spatula set as my parents had, pans and kettle, booze) and that long stone table with ragged (but hopefully not sharp) edges. Blissfully clear, too, except for the wine opener and shells. I can imagine some bright red rose petals. Certainly not a bowl of lemons.

Ol' square face

Martinis for breakfast anyone?

Thirty years later

Mrs. Tillett calls 911 for assistance. Her husband can't get up from lunch.

It's a great kitchen

if you plan to eat out all the time.

Below is 170 E 80th Street, NYC. It doesn't look like textile designers D.D. and Leslie Tillett were hurting for space. Kitchens are places where you need easy access to lots of different things, from spices to plates, and the workspace needed to prepare and serve food. This minimalist kitchen doesn't provide that. In 2008 (read property details and look through photos) this house was remodeled, and the kitchen went from minimalist to modern. Modern is better, but so many things you use every day, like a coffee maker and your favorite mug, are hidden. Good thing there are so many great restaurants around.


Pretty minimal, just like my comment.

Looks like my cucina

... plenty of booze and no food.

OK but

Surely they plan to do a little something with the counter space? I get minimalist but that's a trifle too spartan IMO. Perhaps the creepy wispy round-headed angel person waiting without wings on the large metal box (fridge?) will lend a hand. That it does not appear to have.

Town House in Upper East Side, 170 East 80th Street

For sale, $34 million.

Ahead of their time

How do you use the three sea shells?

Well known

Tillett Textiles is still around. Back in the 1950s and '60s they were well known for some of Marimekko's fabric designs, and were favorites of Jackie O.

Probably just an optical illusion, but ...

It looks like the "table" is just part of the floor.

And what is the large object on the left (which looks almost as if there's a ghostly figure in it)? A refrigerator? Or is it something translucent? I can't tell if I'm looking at a reflection in it or refracted objects seen through it (or both).

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