Concept Kitchen 2025: A Table for Living from IDEO on Vimeo.
Is this what the future kitchen looks like? No more cookbooks, no more messy kitchentables, no more cooking experiments. This kitchen is one suggestion of how making the life in the kitchen as efficient as possible, including influencing the way we eat and what we eat. It is an experiment, playing in the future and keeping in mind that as the world keep changing, so will our needs.
A team of students at Lund University and Eindhoven University of Technology together with design consultancy IDEO have created the Concept Kitchen 2025 for IKEA that simultaneously acts as a preparation surface, hob, dining table, work bench and children`s play area, without leaving technology out of sight. It will help to make people more confident cooks, while letting less food go to waste:
The interactive table can identify an ingredient placed on it via a camera and image-recognition technology. It will then suggest other ingredients to combine with it and can take the user through a full step-by-step recipe via instructions projected directly onto the surface of the table.
Further, the students developed a "visible fridge". Rather than storing perishable food in a closed refrigerated box, the students and IDEO came up with a series of induction shelves on which individual cooled containers can be placed. Furthermore, each of the containers features a transparent lid, so food is clearly visible at all times and so less likely to go off and be thrown away. Empty containers can be switched off to save energy.
Of course, the way we treat waste will also change in the future. Hence, the kitchen includes a thoughtful disposing system whereby organic waste is automatically composted and non organic waste is crushed, scanned an vacuumed and sealed. It automatically tracks what and how much waste you have made and how this can be re-used.
Last but not least, the kitchen has an integrated "mindful" water design separating between "grey" already used water which can be re-used for watering plants, washing up etc. and Black" water that has been used to such an extent that it goes simply down the drain.