When you think about it, the basic design of a kitchen hasn’t changed much in the past 50 years. Most of them have a fridge, a sink, cabinets, a stove, an oven, and counters. Sure, there’s been innovation around smart appliances, but the layout of the kitchen itself has essentially remained the same.
But it doesn’t have to be that way. At SKS 2019, Veronica Schreibeis Smith of Vera Iconica Architecture and Suleiman Alhadidi of the MIT Media Lab spoke about how the kitchen is begging for a major design renovation to embrace evolving consumer needs.
If you’re at all interested in design, you should watch the whole video below. As a little teaser, here are some of the biggest takeaways from the discussion.
Kitchens can help you eat healthier
To make a kitchen more futuristic, we don’t necessarily need to transform everything into a robot. According to Schreibeis Smith, simple design solutions are all we really need to help people have more ease — and mindfulness — in the kitchen. That could take the form of climate-controlled cabinets to help preserve nutrients in food, or even hydroponic grow systems built into the kitchen itself.
For small kitchens, automation is key
We might not be headed towards a Jetson-like robotic kitchen anytime soon, but that doesn’t mean that automation won’t play a part in the kitchen of the future. Alhadidi showed off his work at the MIT Media Lab, which is trying to create design solutions for millennials living in small urban spaces and need all of their rooms to be multi-functional. Hint: the term “robotic furniture” comes up at least once.
If you want to learn more about how smart design can transform not only how we cook, but the kitchen itself, be sure to check out the whole video below.