Swedish homeware giant Ikea is giving visitors to Milan a glimpse of what their future homes could be like with its concept kitchen 2025. The exhibit depicts forward-thinking ideas to bring technology into our cooking spaces.
- A modern pantry that includes shelves with induction-cooling technology replaces the conventional fridge. Small containers make food visible to avoid waste, while terracotta drawers provide a cool environment to keep vegetables fresh.
- The dining table transforms into the central hub of the kitchen, aiding preparation of food. A camera placed above the table recognises the food below and projects flavour pairings around the item. Place two ingredients together and recipe suggestions appear.
- Aiding easier water saving, the sink can be pivoted to dispose of water down two different plugholes. Grey water is drained and flows through a system of plants, gravel, sand and charcoal to provide clean water that can be used to run a dishwasher or throughout the home. Water that needs more intensive cleaning is drained through the black plughole and sent to conventional water treatment centres.
Created in collaboration with London-based design and innovation firm Ideo and students from Eindhoven University of Technology and Lund University, the project forms part of the Ikea Temporary store, which has been created for Milan Design Week and the Milan Expo 2015.
For more on how our homes may look over the coming years, see Kitchen of the Future and Modern Family: The Evolving Domestic Landscape.
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