See What’s Cooking in Ikea’s Concept Kitchen

View all 7 Photos

When you hear the name “Ikea” you probably think about that futon that got you through college, or the bookshelf you bought for your first apartment. But the design giant, partnered with Ideo and Industrial Design students from Lund University and Eindhoven University of Technology, has done a lot more than manufacture versatile flat-pack furniture; their so-called “Concept Kitchen 2025” re-imagines the interaction between human life and consumption for a more sustainable future.

The design addresses issues of sustainability through almost every feature. A traditional fridge that conceals food and wastes energy is replaced with induction-cooling shelves, which allow you to see and use the food on hand through transparent containers. Efficiency resource use doesn’t end here; a built-in compost system compresses organic waste from the sink into dry, odorless pucks, extracting water that can safely be used to water indoor plants. The sink itself can be tipped in either direction depending on the purity of the water, so “grey” water is reused and “black” water is sent to a treatment facility. Even non-organic waste can be handled from the home, with a waste system that identifies the materials disposed of and rewards energy credits or debits according to the user’s efficiency.

The design addresses issues of sustainability through almost every feature.

While these prototypes work in beautiful harmony to imagine a more sustainable way of life, Ikea’s Concept Kitchen also considers the importance of our relationship to food in a world that is increasingly centered on technology. The “Table for Living” provides a surface for everything from food prep to work and play. With a camera and projector positioned directly overhead and induction coils underneath the table’s surface, it can recognize objects and provide relevant displays. Maybe you have tomatoes and onions in the fridge but don’t know what to make? Place them on the table and graphics will appear to suggest possible recipes.

Set your frying pan anywhere on the same surface to activate the built-in induction while projected guide lines will help you evenly slice and dice. Aside from these endless culinary functions that allow for mindful engagement with food, the table can even interact with children’s play, making the kitchen a universal space for everyday life. The innovative design focuses on “old world values and knowledge combined with the future’s technology and what will be possible,” reinforcing traditions around the ritual of cooking and eating while adapting to and taking advantage of technological advancements.

 

 

Lizzie Wright

Lizzie

​Lizzie Wright is an aspiring artist and designer with a passion for the written word. While she works on her BFA in Industrial Design at the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD), she spends her (rare) spare time riding around Providence on her trusty Cannondale and drinking lots of coffee. She is especially fascinated by the dichotomy between aesthetic form and function, which has an immense influence on her work. As a lover of the natural world, Lizzie plans to focus on Nature, Culture, and Sustainability Studies to pursue a more efficient future for design. Read more by visiting her website

Featured Products Explore new arrivals at the Gessato Shop

Take me there

  • A Beautiful Hotel in Oia Greece

    A 19th-century home transformed into an elegant hotel. Located on the gorgeous island of Santorini,…

  • 72 Hours in Oslo

    A complete Oslo travel guide to make a short trip to the city memorable. Founded…

  • Istoria Hotel

    A sophisticated retreat in Santorini, Greece. Built in eastern Santorini, away from the island’s popular…

  • The Olea Hotel

    An oasis of relaxation on a picturesque Greek island. Located on a hill on the…

More for you

                array(5) {
  ["post__not_in"]=>
  array(1) {
    [0]=>
    int(146868)
  }
  ["tag__not_in"]=>
  array(2) {
    [0]=>
    int(16203)
    [1]=>
    int(9208)
  }
  ["posts_per_page"]=>
  int(12)
  ["caller_get_posts"]=>
  int(1)
  ["cat"]=>
  int(677)
}
            
  • The Nebl Planter

    A minimalist design that brings the tranquility of a foggy day indoors. Designed by Berlin-based…

  • Piknik Table

    A multifunctional picnic table designed to make the most of an outdoor space. Designed by…

  • Instrmnt’s A-Series Clock

    Minimalism meets industrial style in a versatile clock design. Glasgow-based multi-disciplinary design studio Instrmnt made…

  • Organico by Philipp Crass

    An eco-friendly furniture concept. Born in Southern Germany, Philipp Crass grew up in a rural…

  • The Bienvenido/Welcome Collection

    Furniture and accessories designed with modern living spaces in mind. Mexico City-based studio Christian Vivanco…

  • Orbit Light By Jesse Ede

    A creative design that references the movement of celestial bodies. South African artist and designer…

  • Introducing Como Audio

    A stylish multi-room audio system that brings your favorite tunes to any area of your…

  • The Soda Chair

    A fresh take on antique bentwood chairs. While distinctly modern and fresh, DesignByThem’s new Soda…

Close Cart