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The Concept Kitchen 2025

DESCRIPTION

IKEA – a furniture market tycoon – decided to address a challenge of a kitchen design that would be both modern and friendly. The focus was on a kitchen that is modular, not limiting the user but suggesting certain solutions. The prototyping phase produced a number of concepts. The first idea was to store food in inexpensive modular transparent containers on open shelves rather than hiding it in the fridge. Food freshness would be ensured by induction-cooling technology while RFID stickers would help controlling the best-before dates thus reducing amount of food that is thrown away. It was also concluded that kitchen should be provided with a “table for living” that would help reduce food waste. The user needs only to “show” food leftovers to the table that automatically recognizes the product (using a camera) and proposes recipes that can be prepared out of it. Besides, the table is a multimodal solution that integrates induction cooling / heating so that it can serve as a table, a working space or a cooker. Another solution is a modern sink that allows water savings and use of safe grey water to be used in a dishwasher or as nourishment for flowers. A “thoughtful disposal bin” is responsible for waste recycling. Although users manually sort recycling from rubbish but then the bin itself crushes, vacuum-packs, and prepares the recyclables for pick-up. According to IKEA this concept is not really a functional kitchen, but rather “a tangible communication of what the behaviors of the future will be.”

JUSTIFICATION

It is a visionary project but so deeply embedded in the social needs that should be considered as exceptionally successful. The project’s overarching intention is to change the way of thinking about a kitchen but it also proposes its redesign. A range of solutions proposed by IKEA respond to the needs of the users and the natural environment.

REFERENCES

https://www.ideo.com/case-study/designing-the-future-kitchen

IMAGE SOURCE

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TYPE OF EXAMPLE

 

GOOD

DETAILS

AUTHORS

IDEO, students of Lund University and University of Eidhoven

YEAR

2015

PREPARED FOR

IKEA

COUNTRY

Sweden

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