ARCHITECT's Chelsea Blahut shares a peek at "How Should We Live? Propositions for the Modern Interior", a new exhibit that opened last weekend at New York's Museum of Modern Art (MoMa).

Including more than 200 pieces by designers such as Aino and Alvar Aalto and Charles and Ray Eames, the exhibit explores the external social, technological, and political influences that helped shape residential interiors in the early 20th century.

The exhibition includes personal living spaces, such as German modernist Lilly Reich’s “Apartment for a single woman,” which shows an attention to a new demographic in the early 1930s: the single, working woman. Another interior concept, the “Frankfurt Kitchen” (left) by Austrian architect Margarete “Grete” Schütte-Lihotzky, was a response to Germany’s post-WWI housing crisis. New materials such as aluminum, linoleum, and colorful plastic were also introduced in design during this period, and appear in French designer Charlotte Perriand’s dormitory furnishings for Maison du Brésil, designed for Brazilian students at the Cité Universitaire in Paris.

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