This collapsible solar cooker from 1970 is just one piece from the Museum of Modern Art's new exhibit, Counter Space: Design and the Modern Kitchen, a whirlwind trip through the evolution of the modern kitchen. Thank you, WWII and electricity.
A miraculous little history captured in a single room, it features everything from propaganda posters and the Chemex coffee pot to a complete "Frankfurt Kitchen," designed in the late 1920s by the architect Grete Schütte-Lihotzky, and this 1968 Italian mobile fold-out (pictured). It's at least worth a Friday night jaunt to MoMA, when admission is free, courtesy of Target. Though sadly, it's missing that most essential 21st century kitchen gadget: The egg-poaching toaster. [MoMA, NYT Review]