SAHARA Highlights: Domestic Interiors: Kitchens

by Jacqueline Spafford and Jeffrey Klee, SAHARA Co-Editors | May 11, 2020

We are all spending much of our lives indoors these days, and the path we travel most often is to the kitchen. The familiarity and comfort of this room made us look through SAHARA at the home interiors our members have contributed to the collection. A wide range of difficult-to-access homes are documented, thanks to our members’ research and travels. Enjoy this sampling from the collection, and please consider using this period of isolation as an opportunity to contribute some of your own images to SAHARA.

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Maison Xavier Blanchette

Maison Xavier Blanchette, Grande-Grève (Gaspé), Québec, Canada, ca. 1901.  Photograph by Dell Upton, 2013.


VDL Research House II
VDL Research House II, Silverlake, Los Angeles, California. Designed by Richard Neutra, 1964.  Photograph by Dell Upton, 2011.


Xiachun Lou house
Xiachun Lou house, Nanjing, Fujian, China, 1960s. Photograph by Jing Zheng, 2009.


Uppark House
Uppark House, South Harding, West Sussex, England, ca 1690. Photograph by Aimee Keithan.


Casa Azul
Casa Azul (Frida Kahlo’s home, and 1958 Museo Frida Kahlo), Mexico City, Mexico, 1904. Photograph by Amber Wiley, 2014.


The Tenement House Glasgow
The Tenement House (sink with clothes wringer), Glasgow, Scotland, 1892. Photograph by Dell Upton, 2017.


Cumberland Homesteads
Cumberland Homesteads (now Homesteads House Museum), Cumberland County, Tennessee. Designed by William Macy Stanton and others as part of FDR’s New Deal, 1933–38. Photograph by Dell Upton, 2013.


Konstantin Mel’nikov House
Konstantin Mel’nikov House, Moscow Russia.  Designed my Mel’nikov in 1927–29, it was one of very few single-family homes in Moscow, and utilized his concept of combinable cylinders. Photograph by Evangelos Kotsioris, 2013.


King Yin Lei
King Yin Lei (originally named King Lo), Hong Kong, ca. 1937. Designed by A.R.F. Raven architectural firm, the design and construction incorporated both Eastern and Western influences. Photograph by Johnathan Farris, 2013.


Rose Seidler House
Rose Seidler House, Wahroonga, New South Wales, Australia. Designed by Harry Seidler, 1948–50. Photograph by Dell Upton, 2015.


Tudor Merchant's House
Tudor Merchant’s House, Tenby, Pembrokeshire, Wales, ca. 1500. Photograph by Jeffrey E. Klee, 2013.

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