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When it comes to kitchens of the future there's no denying the influence of technology. There's also the ingenuity of industrial designers and architects who are constantly coming up with clever designs to make kitchens more efficient and cooking easier - whether you are a Millenial moving into your first cramped apartment or a Baby Boomer seeking to downsize. Here are some kitchen designs to keep your eye on in coming years:
Every cook has different needs and German industrial designer Dirk Biotto has tapped into the unique requirements of the elderly and handicapped. He's designed a space-saving ergonomic kitchen equipped with tools that make tasks like grating vegetables that much easier.
His Chop Chop kitchen features an adjustable wooden counter that can be raised or lowered. There's a sink with an extendable hose, as well as racks and shelves designed to hold kitchen utensils. It's a very thoughtful concept that has earned Biotto a nomination for the German Design Award.
For General Electric, the future looks promising for people who cook in small spaces. As city dwellers continue to cramp into smaller spaces (some willingly, others out of necessity) the company has conceptualized a micro-kitchen that fits into a 6-foot long cabinet space. The tiny kitchen is equipped with an induction cooktop, a microwave, a dishwasher, a sink, refrigerator/freezer cooking drawers and a conventional oven.
The micro-kitchen has tons of other cool features like a one-touch digital display that controls everything from the microwave to refrigerator temperatures. Also, the sink’s faucet can be stowed away so you can set up a cutting board and chop vegetables.
GE is currently crowdsourcing micro-kitchen design ideas and will award $2,500 prizes to the top four designs, Slate reports. The company plans to produce the micro-kitchens later this year at its new factory in Kentucky. They will retail for about $15,000.
The 3D Food Printer
In a not so distant future, your microwave may be replaced by the Foodini, a compact 3D food printer designed for home kitchens. Developed by Barcelona start-up Natural Machines, the Foodini acts like a robot in your kitchen preparing anything from pizzas and veggie burgers to gnocchi, crackers and cookies.
While it may be a while before the Foodini makes it ways to your counter tops, similar machines are already making strides in the pastry field. The Sugar Lab in Los Angeles has been churning out gorgeous sugar sculptures using a 3D food printer. The stunning sugar cubes can be used as cake toppers, decorations or to sweeten a fancy cup of coffee.
What do you think? Are these the kitchens of the future? Share your thoughts in the comments below.