Forget Everything You Know About The Kitchen: Electrolux Has Redesigned It
I'd be worried if I was a design student contemplating entering the Electrolux Design Lab Competition 2010: The Second Space Age. You will have to compete with Electrolux's own design concept "Heart of the Home," and it is one heck of a design, even though it doesn't look like lack of space was a consideration.
Heart of the Home is not a kitchen gadget. It's most of the kitchen. It's a sink, stove, and dining table. You will never have to use pots or pans to cook on it, because you draw them with your fingers: therefore, no storage space needed. (Maybe I'll finally have a griddle that doesn't warp.)
The massive split level table does not look like what it is supposed to be, so it's good that the designers make notes and drawings for us, so we know.
But so much is amorphous...
Here's a better idea of what Electrolux had in mind....
The Heart of the Home concept doesn't seem to have a dishwasher or refrigeration under it's amorphous surface. I wonder if food will all be vacuum-packed or grown on our window sills by that time. And maybe we'll be able to draw our plates on the amorphous table, so we won't need dishes or dishwashers? What can we imagine of the 2050 lifestyle?
The Heart of the Home looks pretty cool at night... or, in this special lighting. It's a cool concept; I just don't think it's designed for a small space.
Electrolux Heart of the Home Thank you to Joon who sent us this tip!