"Grandma's Kitchen" is Smart Design
Maybe I was a little harsh in my review of the luxury pods , but here's an idea that is truly smart and practical in a home pressed for space. The design team of Melanie Olle & Ilja Oelschlägel has come up with Grandma's Kitchen, a fully functional kitchen area that folds into the wall to look like a minimalist piece of art.
For the contemporary home that needs to make the best use of space, Grandma's Kitchen is a great way to get everything you need when you need it from a kitchen while still being able to maximize area with larger crowds. The kitchen changes by a number of touch mechanisms that complete the transformation from picture to dining space quickly and easily. There is a horizontal folding door that opens the entire "room" at once, which consists of a cooking area, a combined dishwashing/chopping area and a table and chairs in the middle. Kitchen equipment such as the refrigerator, oven and dishwasher are all compartmentalized in drawers below the working area, and the table, chairs and lamp can be pulled out about three and a half feet to provide comfortable seating for four. Whenever you're done with dinner, simply fold everything up into the wall panel and out of the way.
Grandma's Kitchen is also great for optional seating/table area when you need a little more surface area. Maybe you want to pull out the table for a quick bowl of cereal or to give some place to display those new flowers; or, you might need a chair to tie your shoe on. Just yank out what you need, then, as quick as it was out you can put it back in and reduce clutter. Like I said, all the components are there when you need them and gone when you don't. Of course, this invention doesn't replace the convenience of a full kitchen, but it is a good idea to consider for the spatially conscious. And if you're wondering about the name, it was devised because the kitchen is like a good grandma: a real multifunctional talent.