Always at the forefront of design, this year’s Electrolux Design Lab top 100 entrants are an eclectic mix of form and function. Submissions by young designers from more than 30 countries clearly demonstrate that the future is coming to a kitchen near you… sooner that you might think. My personal favourites of this year’s concepts responding to the brief of Inspired Urban Living include:
Rota-Cook by Welsh designer Elgan Gryffudd Roberts
The Rota-Cook by Welsh designer Elgan Gryffudd Roberts. It’s a ‘rotational cutting and storage board’ that, the designer claims, will allow the user to socialise, cook and eat healthily at the same time. It has integrated touch sensitive controls which allows for adjustment of individual induction hotplates or as a whole unit. It also features a clever detachable chopping board and neatly folds up after use for ease of storage.
Zhi Ying Chai’s My Diet Plate is not just a slimming aid, it’s intended as the starting point for a conversation about food. Download the My Diet Plate app to select the potion sizes for a variety of meals and then sync to the interactive, personalized plate. This clever clip helps to explain how it works http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qdEh-kKLo3Y.
My Diet Plate by Zhi Ying Chai
Perhaps if I had my food and portion sizes chosen for me each day it might encourage me to eat less cake… maybe!
My personal favourite, though, is the Kitchen Train by Ahmad Abedini.
The Kitchen Train by Ahmad Abedini
Beautifully designed countertop appliances that fit together to create a compact and harmonious one. The kitchen Train is made up of a microwave, juicer, blender, mixer, coffemaker, toaster and even vacuum cleaner that all fit together to become one interconnecting package. An app also lets you communicate with the Kitchen Train, allowing it to send you reminders about the next stage in the cooking process , so it’s not just beautiful it’s useful, too. In terms of earning its place on the worktop, it’s got my vote…
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