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Brief Published: 19 Sep 2018

Carry-Case Kitchen for Space-Poor Millennials

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Assembly by Yu Li

As urban dwellers become ever more space-deprived, kitchen brands and designers are finding creative ways to develop multifunctional and compact space-saving devices. The latest to adopt this thinking is London's Royal College of Art graduate Yu Li, with her portable kitchen.

The designer's seven-in-one Assembly set includes an induction hob, a chopping board, a pot, a pan, a wrap for utensils and cutlery and a dish rack – all of which fits neatly inside a compact box.

According to Li, it's designed for students and young people sharing limited kitchen space, and also offers an alternative to the standard kitchen set-up for nuclear families. "The idea is to trim the original kitchen space down to a few minimal elements so the space can be simpler, neater, and transformed [for] other purposes to increase the space utilisation," she explained.

The nifty, kitchenless kitchen has great potential beyond the student house share. It offers those in co-living spaces a personal option for when they want to cook alone, as well as flexibility for those living in larger abodes, where residents may want to play with space and have a convenient appliance to hand away from the kitchen. For more on this thinking, see New Food Roles & Rituals.

For more clever kitchen design tools for millennial at-home cooks, see Activating At-Home Foodies, as well as Compact Kitchen-Top Dishwasher and KitchenAid's Future Kitchen Concepts.

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