Figure 1. The typical galley kitchen is most often lit by a single overhead ceilingmounted
fixture. Cooks at a counter are always working in their own shadow, especially
at night, when there’s no natural light coming in.
Figure 2. The remodeled kitchen, now open to the living and dining rooms and
focused on an island, shows four different lighting strategies that can be used simultaneously
or independently, which makes the kitchen more flexible. Designers and architects in post-
WWII America considered the galley
kitchen the epitome of efficiency.
Millions were built across the country,
first in Cape Cods and later in ranches.
While galley kitchens were efficient
— in a time-study