Project Name

Domestic patterns

Project Details

Ejercicios de Eficiencia (Efficiency exercises)

Based on the experiments done by Christine Frederick in her Applecroft Kitchen and the video “step saving Kitchen” 1949, filmed by the US Department of Agriculture in which a woman makes several demonstrations on a variety of tasks in her house kitchen for the Human Nutrition and House Economy Office. It was created a series of staged exercises and re-enactments, where three women execute specific actions for the kitchen. The result is a series of nine videos with subtitles taken from the book “The new Housekeeping. Efficiency Studies in Home Management” by Christine Frederick.










Seis mujeres. La cocina moderna (Six women. The modern kitchen)


Patrones domésticos (Domestic patterns)

The way artifacts and spaces are used often closely linked to cultural, gender-based differences, particularly in the realm of domestic technology. According to Ellen Lupton, both the aspirations and responsibilities of women are reflected and reinforced in how these technologies were designed, marketed, used, and imagined in the 20th century. In this way, artifacts play a mechanical and cultural role in creating differences between men and women. The question of the design as a discipline, a trade and even a notion that has gone beyond the simple creation of objects, is tackled in the art project “Domestic Patterns, Devices, and Appliances,” based on the analysis of domestic space resulting from the modernization policies of the 1950s in Mexico. In modern architecture, designs were not only used to improve everyday life and the social environment, but also the expectations and quality of life that would shape an “idea of the future.” Therefore, the type of design encompassed in the “domestic” category became a prerequisite for seeing the world to transforming it.



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