Today built-in kitchen cabinets are the norm. A hundred years ago “modern” kitchen cabinets were moveable.
Here are some excerpts from the description of kitchen cabinets in a 1919 book:
Kitchen cabinets are combined tables and closets which have been constructed as the outcome of efficiency methods. They represent grouping about the working center the supplies and tools that belong to the work of that center.
Such cabinets may be purchased today in wood or in metal which has an enamel painted or enameled. The wood cabinets were the first on the market, and represent the same points in capacity and convenience that the metal ones do, but the question of cleanliness rather turned the attention to the metal ones. The metal cabinets are more noisy than the wooden ones, but are more likely to be proof against vermin, rats, and mice, and may be easily cleaned by water without becoming water-soaked. Metal cabinets are also nonabsorbent to odors and to any spilled food.
Lippincott’s Home Manuals: Housewifery by Lydia Ray Balderston (1919)