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May 22 2013
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Sarita

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Kitchen Futures: Compact Cook

Kitchen Futures is a series of posts over the coming weeks, taking a glimpse into the future of home cooking through five trends spanning from short term to long term. In our second post of the series we will be focusing on the impact of increased urbanisation and growing populations on home cooking, as consumers seek out smart lifestyle solutions without compromise to quality or quantity.

Throughout this post we look at how less really does mean more – more thought, more functionality, more design…

Increased urbanisation, growing populations and rise in single person households means that modern living is becoming more compact. Space is at a premium, not just within countries, or communities, but also within the home environment.
Despite these shifts, consumer demand for the new and the niche in the home kitchen will continue.
Global travel, 24/7 internet access and the increased interest in cuisines from far-flung (and even further-flung) regions will mean the desire for more cooking styles, more techniques and ultimately more equipment.
While this trend towards smaller spaces continues to grow, so does the smart and sophisticated ways of designing in, around and for these new home environments.
Compact will no longer mean less functionality or compromise on quality – in fact, ‘compact’ will start to represent a new standard in cookware and appliance design, elevating the idea of convergence and mobility to new levels.


Featured and above image credits: PDD

It is just as much about what you take out, as what you leave it in…
Think…
Analogue convergence – smart stackable cookware, tableware and utensils. Single footprint with multiple product functionality.
Cultural fusions – cultural and cuisine specific cooking equipment gets a fusion twist creating dual purpose – from tagine to tava.
Single person version – more compact appliances, new configurations, shift from space saving to space maximising solutions – considered reduction.
Mobile hospitality – expanding cooking spaces in, around and outside of the traditional kitchen environment. Temporary structures, mobile and communal cooking – adapting from one to ten people.


Image credit: 

01 > Rörstrand tableware 
02 > Nest 8™ kitchenware by Joseph Joseph 
03 > Porcelain water carafe & milk can by Aldo Bakker 
04 > Hook Collection cookware by Karim Rashid 
05 > + Table series by Fraaiheid 
06 > Ready Made Curtain – Bouroullec Brothers & Kvadrat collaboration 
07 > RGB Vases by Oscar Diaz 
Directions to consider when translating this trend:
  • Smart forms and structures enabling stackability
  • Single iconic footprints – repetition over scale
  • Shapes morphing as they converge – braking current conventions
  • Extendable structures with attention to detail gives flexibility to spaces
  • Transparency, layering and depth – revealing multiples
  • Colour and material mixes creating intriguing combinations
  • Bold colour and material transitions
  • Form definition through colour and pattern contrast
  • Harmonious eclectic mix
For the third instalment of Kitchen Futures we will be delving into the curious world of molecular gastronomy, where science meets theatre creating a new dynamic in the home kitchen.

Read more from this series:
Kitchen Futures: Time starved, health hungry
Kitchen Futures: Home Heston
Kitchen Futures: Sustainable Kitchen
Kitchen Futures: Digital Chef

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Posted by Sarita
Senior Consultant – Design Insight

Languages spoken: English.
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'!

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