Kitchen Of The Future

Kitchen Of The Future

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Kitchen Of The Future

Not so much. In fact, the visions of the kitchen of the future produced today can be hard to tell apart from the visions put out by corporations like GE, Whirlpool, and Monsanto fifty years ago. In Ikea’s future kitchen, the promotional image they use is a woman alone in the kitchen. In Microsoft’s “Productivity Future Vision” we see a woman pour herself a smoothie. In 2011, glass and ceramics manufacturer Corning released a series of videos called A Day Made of Glass, easy to read as a modern take on the Monsanto house of tomorrow.In their vision of the future, car dashboard, tablets, whiteboards, student’s desks, CT scanning machines, and, yes, kitchens, are all made of glass. The wife in Corning’s future grabs an apple on her way out to work, but we never see what she does (although we do catch up with her again later, while she’s shopping). The husband is a brain surgeon.
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Kitchen Of The Future

Around the corner, in the kitchen, our lovely future wife is making dinner. She always seems to be making dinner. Because no matter how far in the future we imagine, in the kitchen, it is always the 1950’s, it is always dinnertime, and it is always the wife’s job to make it. Today’s homes of the future are full of incredible ideas and gizmos, but while designers seems happy to extrapolate far beyond what we can do today when it comes to battery life or touch screens, they can’t seem to wrap their minds around any changes happening culturally. In a future kitchen full of incredible technology, why can we still not imagine anything more interesting than a woman making dinner alone?
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Welcome to the Interactive Kitchen of the Future. Take a 360º tour of our intelligent, connected kitchen that learns and adapts to your needs. Share Welcome to the Interactive Kitchen of the Future. Take a 360º tour of our intelligent, connected kitchen that learns and adapts to your needs. For the best experience, view using Chrome or Firefox. Share Have a Cardboard headset? Visit whirlpool.com/future on your mobile device for the full 3D experience. Whirlpool® at CES Discover the next generation of Whirlpool innovations inspired by all of the ways you care. View Site
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It’s easy to laugh off the retro-future on display at Tomorrowland at Disney World. It’s easy to ignore the showpiece kitchens-of-the-future of today, their smart appliances and interactive surfaces and fridge cams. They’re not real, they’re silly, they’re just PR. But it matters how we narrate the future, both from a pragmatic standpoint and from a cultural one. These hypothetical futures aren’t just acts of harmless storytelling, they’re acts of storytelling backed by billions of dollars. It’s unlikely that a woman is going to see these promos and think “Welp, guess it’s back to the kitchen for me!” But nobody wins when the visions of the future that we’re accepting, promoting, and sharing assumes that we’re all the same, that we all want the same things, and that those things incorporate the same breakdown of gender roles we’ve always had.
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IKEA’s kitchen and dining range manager, Gerry Dufresne, explained that the Concept Kitchen 2025 is not really a functional kitchen, but rather “a tangible communication of what the behaviors of the future will be.” It’s just the start of IKEA’s journey toward understanding how those behaviors will shape the company’s future, and Dufresne says the findings will be carried forward into future product development.
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The Table for Living is designed to inspire people to be more creative with food and throw away less. At a loss for what to do with that leftover broccoli? Just place it on the table and a camera recognizes it and projects recipes, cooking instructions, and a timer directly onto the table’s surface. Set the timer for how long you want to spend preparing the meal, and the table suggests recipes that can be completed in the window you have available. The table is a nifty solution for a smaller urban dwelling because it’s multimodal: Hidden induction coils instantly cool the surface when not in use, so it’s adjustable for working, cooking, or eating. The Modern Sink pushes us to be more conscious of our water consumption with a pivoting basin. It must be tipped to one side to drain toxic, or “black,” water, and to the other for safe “gray” water, which is not drinkable but can be filtered and used in a dishwasher or as nourishment for the cooking herbs that grow above the sink. The Thoughtful Disposal system is a response to the overuse of landfills, and reminds us of exactly what we’re throwing away. Users manually sort recycling from rubbish, and recyclables are then crushed, vacuum-packed, and labeled for pick-up, earning credits for the conscientious (and debits for the wasteful). IKEA’s kitchen and dining range manager, Gerry Dufresne, explained that the Concept Kitchen 2025 is not really a functional kitchen, but rather “a tangible communication of what the behaviors of the future will be.” It’s just the start of IKEA’s journey toward understanding how those behaviors will shape the company’s future, and Dufresne says the findings will be carried forward into future product development.
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A year later, Monsanto released their own vision for the House of the Future. While GM’s vision of the future was predicated on cars and automation, Monsanto’s revolved around plastic. (This was before Monsanto became known as a huge food company, and back when they were one of the big drivers in the push for plastic as a material in the United States). In their future home, nearly everything is made of plastic, including most of the kitchen. A family walks in the front door, and while the father and daughter leave to explore the rest of the house, the mother wraps herself around a beam in the kitchen and sighs wistfully about how wonderful it would be if this kitchen were hers.
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Of all the rooms in our homes, the kitchen is the center of energy, activity, comfort, and creativity—the beating heart of any dwelling. In the coming decade, as our environments and habits change, the kitchen as we know it will evolve drastically. More people will move into cities, and our living spaces will become smaller. Natural resources will become more scarce, food more expensive, and waste an increasingly urgent issue. Near-instant grocery delivery will alter how we shop for and store food, and technology will be embedded in every part of our homes. What will the kitchen of the future look like, and, more important, what will it feel like to cook, eat, and socialize there? For IKEA, the world’s biggest furniture store, the time to start designing the kitchen of 2025 is now. So IKEA asked IDEO London and a group of students from Lund and Eindhoven universities to explore the social, technological, and demographic forces that will impact how we behave around food in 2025. The students spent months researching people’s attitudes and ideas about cooking and eating, and IDEO designers guided them as they built concept kitchen products.
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To bring these future concepts to the present day, IKEA asked IDEO to design and build a full-size concept kitchen for 250,000 visitors to test out during the Salone Del Mobile in Milan and a six-month stint at EXPO Milano. Mindful Design Crucial to the success of the project was preserving the tactile creative pleasure of the kitchen. Technology could easily make the space feel robotic and sterile, but this project was guided by the need to use tech to enhance the kitchen’s warmth. The Concept Kitchen 2025 doesn’t automate away personal choices, but rather facilitates mindfulness with embedded cues throughout the kitchen that subtly guide people toward being conscious of their actions and making informed decisions. In designing the prototypes, the following few concepts emerged. The Modern Pantry encourages us to have a closer relationship with what we eat by storing food in transparent individual containers on open shelves rather than hiding it at the back of the fridge. The design makes it easy to be inspired by what’s on hand rather than going out to buy more, and it also saves energy: Induction-cooling technology embedded into the shelves responds to RFID stickers on the food’s packaging in order to keep the containers at just the right temperature.

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