A recent display at the Saloni design fair in Milan, Italy, featured parts of Concept Kitchen 2025, a collaboration between IKEA, the opens in a new windowIDEO design firm and Swedish design students. Their exhibit showcases concepts from tables that double as computers and cooktops to food storage appliances that read RFID chips on food packaging that programs the correct storage temperature via “smart induction cooling technology.”
In addition to technological advances, the displays included more traditional and even ancient technology such as naturally cooling terracotta storage boxes for root vegetables, potatoes, garlic or onions.
Other technology included ingenious designs for collecting gray water to reuse for watering plants or pre-washing dishes, faucets that respond to the intensity of touch by increasing or reducing water pressure, and visible food storage that encourages healthful snacking.
Many of the designs promoted the concept of small but adjustable living. Since many people will live in cities where space is scarce, kitchens with adjustable to fit the needs of the user with more or less storage, changes in the height of shelving, expandable tables and other surfaces, and other options.
While these designs may be incorporated into future appliances and kitchen items, some items may be in stores sooner. Move over, Jettsons … check out these futuristic kitchen helps available now.
- opens in a new windowMinipresso: This miniature espresso machine can travel with you anywhere. It is lightweight, compact and operates by hand so it does not impact on the environment.
- Indoor opens in a new windowmicrogarden: Grow your own herbs without the dirt or mess in an origami-inspired paper gardening kit.
- opens in a new windowSpreadThat: An advanced butter knife that uses your body heat to soften the butter as it slices offers up the perfect spread.
- opens in a new windowInteractive Prep Pad: a scale and prep area that keeps track of nutritional values to help you reach your health goals.
- opens in a new windowFurtif knives: These laser-bonded, titanium carbide kitchen knives only require sharpening once every couple of decades or so.
- WiFi enabled opens in a new windowCrock-Pot: When timing is everything, this slow cooker allows you to control it from wherever you are via your 3G, 4G or WiFi enabled smart device. You can adjust the cooking time, the temperature or turn it off from wherever you happen to be, so dinner is ready right on time.
- opens in a new windowChillThat icecream dish: A step op from frosty mugs, this cool number keeps your icy treat frozen while you eat it. The refreezable bowl and cover are composed of an engineered thermal absorption material that protects your ice cream while keeping it the perfect temperature.
If you’re thinking of remodeling your kitchen, to the tune of a futuristic design or not, feel free to contact me! I can recommend contractors that’ll help bring your ideas to life.
::: Aaron Zapata :::
Aaron Zapata is a top-producing Real Estate Agent in Southern California and Broker-Owner of IMPACT Properties, Inc. He holds an MBA from Cal State Fullerton and a degree in Biblical and Theological Studies from BIOLA University. As a practicing Broker and Certified Residential Specialist (CRS), he has closed over $150,000,000 in sales and can identify with the current trends and difficulties agents and clients have. IMPACT Properties is recognized as a leading real estate firm in Southern California with multiple offices in Orange, Los Angeles, and San Diego Counties representing both traditional sales and bank repos (REOs). If you’d like to contact Aaron or one of the IMPACT agents about selling or buying a home or improving your real estate career, you can email Aaron@ImpactProp.comcreate new email or call (714) 660-2122. He’d love to hear from you.