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. Our fourth post in the series focuses on how the sustainable kitchen of the future may take shape, from sleek and sophisticated surfaces to efficiency reflected in form as well as function.
As consumer expectations rise and responsibility becomes more balanced, the future of sustainable environments has never been more important…
Future sustainable cooking will command a balance in responsibility between consumers and brand/manufacturers. Consumers will expect engaging, easy, seamless and adaptable means to suit their multi-faceted lives. But, equally brands and manufacturers will place some of the responsibility back into the hands of consumers; asking them to embrace new products, systems and behaviours around home cooking, by acting responsibly and consciously through device enablement.
Featured and above image credits: PDD
Resource – home-grown and digital foraging systems; ingredients found from your natural surrounds doesn’t mean you have to live in the country. Vertical indoor gardens, digital systems for sourcing seasonal & local produce, recipes based on real-time findings.
- Efficiency reflected in form as well as function
- Stripped of excess, only the essential – less equals more design
- Visual balance – coming together of environment and lifestyle
- Smart systems creating new behaviours and new kitchen layouts
- Focus on harmony between form, material and manufacturing
- Being green doesn’t mean green – colours inspired by nature’s mid and dark tones
- Texture contrast – rough, matt, smooth, metallic
- Colour palette extended through textural play – blacks, greys, with copper accents
Our fifth and final post in the Kitchen Futures series will fast forward in time to understand how technology will shape the way people cook and interact in the home kitchen; imagine smart surfaces, new forms of control and ambient digital conversations.
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'!