Kitchen Futures is a series of posts over the past few weeks, taking a glimpse into the future of home cooking through five trends spanning from short term to long term. In the fifth and final post of the series we fast-forward in time, taking a look at how technology will shape the way people cook and interact in the home kitchen.
From smart surfaces that come alive with information to ambient digital conversations, we explore the possibilities of the connected home as it starts to extend into the kitchen environment.
As we progress further into the future ‘digital’ will no longer be something consumers take into the kitchen with them. Instead cooking related systems, services, software and technology will become embedded into the very fabric of the future kitchen.
Featured and above image credits: PDD
Smart surfaces – adaptable surfaces enabled by nanotechnology become ‘fit-for-purpose’ responding to real-time needs and shaping new kitchen configurations.
- Surface extension as screen technology becomes integrated
- Cooking areas in transition – hand drawn areas defined by the user
- Technical textures derived from manufacturing processes
- Deep rich blacks inspired from the consumer electronics industry
- Super-high gloss and satin contrast
- Celebration of material breaks and transitions – natural materials cross section through with precision
- Lighting and GUI colours extending across surfaces
- Surfaces come alive – from seamless neutral to explosion of information and colour
As the act of food preparation in the home continues to grow and evolve, so do the opportunities to create new forms of interaction, improve on old ones, inspire and create delight. How will your Kitchen Future take shape?
Posted by Sarita
Principal – Design Insight
The last thing that inspired me: Chinese teacups from a small café in Camden Town, London - the most amazing collection of colours and textures.
My dream project: Something multi-sensorial.
My obsession: Stationery - retro inspired, Asian influenced, graphically intriguing, sensorially indulgent and the 'unique'!