What will kitchens of the future look like? It’s easy for one’s imagination to run wild and dream of kitchens that are completely voice operated and cooking your meal with a press of a button. Popular opinion among designers and architects, though, suggests that our kitchens of tomorrow won’t be that much different than they are today.
With the exception of innovative appliances, the basic elements that make up our kitchens will remain; cabinets, pullout garbage and recycling bins, pantry storage and countertops. Homeowners have always wanted materials and features that provide basic function and classic style. And while climate, space and cultural differences influence how every individual’s kitchen will look, there’s a golden thread of familiarity still running through every kitchen style – even in the near future.
So how can we know what a typical future kitchen will look like? We simply need to look at technological trends that are likely to stick. These trends may give us valuable insight into what we can expect from our kitchens of tomorrow. Let’s break down some of the more important kitchen tech trends shaking up the world of kitchen design.
Interactive Cooking Surfaces
Say goodbye to burners. The future of stove cooking, undoubtedly, lies in interactive induction hobs. Induction heating uses magnetic components hidden underneath the cooktop to heat pots and pans. But instead of just heating the bottom of the pot, induction heating heats the entire pot – meaning food is cooked faster and more evenly. Pots and pans can be placed anywhere on the cooking surface, not on one particular heating area. And the tech doesn’t end there either. Overhead, a projector will beam recipes, cooking information and other handy notes straight onto the counter top. Grundig’s VUX technology is already leading the way, and will likely be commonplace in future kitchens before long.
Smart Refrigerators: Some designers and suggest that fridges as we know them will disappear completely in future kitchens. In its place, inductive cooling containers will sit on induction shelves to cool your goods. Simply set the container on an induction cooling table, and food will be chilled in an instant. Not everyone is convinced though. Manufacturers are making huge strides in facilitating individual cooling zones, so refrigerated goods can be stored at optimal temperatures. Fridges of the future will likely be able to keep track of what’s inside too. While this tech exists already (users have to input their goods into an app one-by-one), fridges of the future will be able to determine what’s inside without any user interaction. This will likely be done through barcode scanners installed inside the fridge, or pressure sensors built into the fridge shelves.
Green Sinks and Dishwashers: If there’s one future kitchen focus that will have the most impact, it’s the emphases on wasting less. Grundig are one step ahead already, but the future of sustainable kitchens are looking bright. Discarded water from sinks and dishwashers, for example, won’t be flushed immediately, but divided into safe and unsafe water to be used to feed plants. Food waste will be composted, and devices of the future will have more functionality in smaller packages.
Porcelain and Quartz Countertops: Most homeowners have very strong opinions when it comes to countertops. And for good reason. I quality surface not only looks good, but is better to work on and easier to clean. Granite and marble have always been popular kitchen counter choices, but it’s the rise of porcelain and quartz stone tops that might give us a clue how kitchens of the future might look. Engineered quartz is especially popular because it combines the best that man and nature have to offer. It’s made by combining natural quartz and resins to create a top with the same strength of granite, and better impact resistance. It also doesn’t need to be sealed, making it a popular trend in kitchen design lately. Another material creeping into more and more homes is porcelain. Unlike quartz, porcelain can’t be scratched, burnt or stained. It also doesn’t show fingerprints. So if we’re looking for clues as to what will be the countertop material of choice in the coming years, these two choices are the likely frontrunners.
The future of kitchen design is bright. With constantly evolving technologies and smart additions to our kitchens – even if our kitchens look similar to what it is today, what’s hidden under the hood is a whole new world of possibilities.