REPLANNING AHEAD THE WOMAN KNOWS NOW LONDON. Britain's great domestic switchover—in which thousands of men have washed up and thousands of women have made bombers—is going to revolutionise the kitchen and everything in it after the war.
Britain's leading industrial designers were told in London why this will come about, and what lessons about the kitchen the men have learned in the home, and the women have learned in the factory.
The home front prophet was Sir Thomas Barlow, chairman of the Council of Industrial Design. This is what he said of the man-about-the-house: — During the war he has been driven from his comfortable armchair by the sitting room fire, driven into the kitchen to help because no other help has been there. He has been taught by hard experience how badly planned and ill-furnished the average kitchen is, how much worst- his wife has been equipped to do her job than he has been to do his. He has found out just what it is like to wash up over a sink 6 inches too low. He has found out just how many things in the average kitchen seem to have been designed to make the job of keeping them clean as big a tax as possible on muscles and nerves. He knows something abotit domestic cookers, laborious heating - systems, and all the other dark secrets of domestic life. My guess is that he will be a big factor in the demand for better, pleasanter, more labour-saving household, goods.
And of the women-must-work .brigorte he said:— Hundreds of thousands of the new vounfT housewives who wiH be making the new young are girls out of precision engineering works, Shis fresh from onerat.in.cr predictors on gun sites, girls who have been making or using the very finest instruments.
Do we expect them to stand for noor, shoddv tools of their trade as hniippwivGß?
Will they be as patient as thc-ir •riotherp and pramimothers were with !<;ettips that won't, nour, drawers th?t won't open, and cunhoards that won't -'hut? I very much doubt it.
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POST-WAR KITCHEN, Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 171, 21 July 1945
POST-WAR KITCHEN Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 171, 21 July 1945
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