Philip Johnson’s Glass House, built in 1949, broke down the barriers between public and private. The translucent structure’s influence still dominates the design world.
You can see it in the obsession with glass shower stalls and in the eschewal of ornamentation, and the emphasis on function in domestic spaces.
Indeed, after 50 years, designers still are finding more to say on the matter. Case in point is the Infinity Kitchen, a glass assemblage of kitchen cabinets, stove and disposal pipes that debuted at the 2016 Venice Architecture Biennale as part of the China House Vision exhibit in the Palazzo Ca’ Tron.
Designed by the Dutch architecture firm MRDV, the Infinity Kitchen is intended to get consumers to focus on the essentials. “If we imagine everything is transparent clear and clean, doesn’t it mean that the only thing that is colorful and visible is our food,” describes MVRDV co-founder Winy Maas. “Doesn’t it then imply that we are encouraged to love the food, in that way, and that maybe it even becomes more healthy, if not sexy?”