1920s Kitchen Design at Edmonton Design Week

Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to the 1920s.

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About the Era

Let’s think back almost 100 years. The hairstyles are short, and the gloves are long. Here’s some trivia of important events in the 1920s to help set the stage and let you visualize the period we’re talking about:

  • The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald is published in 1925
  • Amelia Earhart becomes the first woman to cross the Atlantic
  • A refrigerator in the kitchen is a luxury item
  • Kool-Aid is invented in 1927 under the name Fruit Smack

Style and Trends

Once you’re done imagining what daily life must have looked like back then, turn your attention to the beautiful kitchen developments of the 1920s. Here are a few stand outs:

Hexagon/Geometric Tile

Geometric tile is making a huge statement. From kitchen floors and backsplashes, to countertops, people are embracing easy to clean surfaces that infuse both practicality and style in the home.

Under the influence of Art Deco architecture, chevrons, sunbursts, and symmetrical designs were popular in the 1920s, and they’re back in a big way today.

Streamlined layouts

Kitchens of the 1920s were also categorized by a streamlined aesthetic, not too different from the minimalist trends of today. Clean white lines and layouts focused on functionality defined the spaces then, and paved the way for the crisp porcelain sinks you might spot in your neighbour’s kitchen now.

Hoosier Cabinets

This is one of the first iterations of a modern storage unit. Kitchens in the 1920s were the hub of the home, and innovations of the time (such as an early waffle iron) meant that families needed more storage and organization options. The resulting Hoosier cabinets had slide out shelves, many drawers, and multi sized compartments with doors, paving the way for the cabinets and islands of present day kitchens.