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Product Design
Published: 10 Jan 2017

KitchenLab: Innovations for Self-Sufficiency

L-R: Lemonade Factory, Ginly, House Wine

Focusing on interiors and appliances, the biannual kitchen fair LivingKitchen coincides with furniture trade show Imm Cologne later this month. A new addition to its programme is KitchenLab – an exhibition exploring how kitchens of the future might look if food becomes a self-sufficient affair. 

The show is a collaboration between Dutch design magazine Frame and Creative Holland, an initiative to empower the Dutch creative industries, and highlights work from 14 designers. Here, we preview three projects that propose home brewing. 

  • Retro Lemonade: Inspired by the lemonade tree in the classic tales of Pippi Longstocking, Renske Rothuizen’s graduate project is a 50s-style lemonade factory. The plastic pastel-coloured device simplifies the beverage-making process and adds a playful twist, channelling a Charlie and the Chocolate Factory feel. 
  • Crafty Gin: Roald Sooijs’s family tradition of home brewing has led him to create Ginly. The device, sophisticatedly crafted from glass, steel and cork, functions as a botanical vapour infuser. It bypasses the actual spirit distillation phase – which is illegal without a permit – and just requires the addition of vodka and aromatics to create a tasty homemade gin. 
  • Engaging Wine: With House Wine, Sabine Marcelis offers an aesthetically pleasant all-in-one installation for DIY wine making. From crushing the fruit to fermentation and bottling, each step in the process provides a calming experience beautiful enough to bring into the home.

Watch out for our full coverage of Imm Cologne and LivingKitchen, publishing on February 1. In the meantime, take a look at last year’s event report and DIY Mixology: At Home & On the Go.

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