Living Kitchen

Living Kitchen

September 6th, 2020
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The Kitchen Concept has gone through very radical changes since its existence. At the beginning of the 20th century, it was only used by cooks and servants and what went on in the kitchen was not of any concern to the rest of the household occupants. As the meals were served in the dining room, the aesthetical aspect of the kitchen was not important. When servants were abolished, women resumed their duties in the kitchen.

 Technological advancements did not ease the chores that they had to perform but only added more on top of everything else. As women searched for jobs outside of the kitchen, the kitchen itself had evolved into a multifunctional space that was as important as the rest of the house in terms of aesthetics. Nowadays a lot of time and money is spent in the kitchen to make it more appealing to guests and owners alike. In today’s kitchen, there are multiple solutions to increase efficiency around it to reduce the time spent for cleaning and cooking.

 With the development of the kitchen industry, capability of creating a functional kitchen design is being greatly considered. Existence of issues such as lack of space and visual quality, in addition to the requirements for careful planning brings up the consideration for solution such as technology. Technology, as an individual aspect in the design process, in addition to the fact that it is being constantly developed; it has its own effect on kitchen design, and its components. The aim of this study is to demonstrate the relationship between kitchen design and technology by questioning the role of technology in the efficiency of kitchens through ergonomic comfort.

Be inspired by the latest ideas and trends as well as exciting solutions for the kitchen. From innovative presentations by manufacturers to world premieres of new kitchen furniture, electrical appliances, accessories to cooking and trend shows. LivingKitchen* has evolved into the key event for the international kitchen sector and the new concept promises an innovative and exciting glimpse into the future of the entire kitchen industry.

LivingKitchen, the international kitchen show at imm cologne, sets the stage for all dimensions of the new kitchen world – from kitchen furnishings and build-in appliance to sinks, fittings, worktops, lighting and accessories. Shows and many live events are additional attractions.

What does a functioning smart home look like today? What does it offer in terms of security, convenience, cost savings and added value? Is the kitchen the starting point for all smart home activities? What fields of application does it have? How easy are the applications to use, what are the prerequisites, and above all: how visible is the technology? And in what way can technology give householders practical assistance in cooking and baking?

in the form of a real house that is open for visitors to enter and explore. The exhibit offers a whole host of examples showing how smart concepts can be applied in the kitchen. LivingKitchen not only examines how technology is being applied today, it also addresses issues of relevance for the future, such as the connectivity of individual devices.

Taking technologies already available today as a starting point, the possibilities anticipated with future technological developments will be shown in an area of around 600 m2 in hall 4.1. The focus here is on networked technologies, the influence of which on our habitat can be experienced up close in the kitchen realized by the “Let’s be smart” initiative.

Market researchers see the smart home as being on the threshold of penetrating the mass market. The market volume forecasts vary widely depending on the fields of application analysed. But there is agreement that dynamic and, in some cases surging, growth of between 10 and 50 per cent is to be expected, depending on the product area. The smart home generally refers to the intelligent networking of electrical appliances in the home including building services – heating, ventilation, air conditioning, cooling and sanitary installations – as well as communications and security technology.

For Swiss design star Alfredo Häberli, the kitchen is the soul of the house – and he’s turned his attention to its contemporary manifestations on more than one occasion over the years. Now the Cologne trade fair experts have invited him to design a future kitchen for the Future Design format that’s part of LivingKitchen’s new supporting programme: 160 sq m of space will be dedicated to an entire interior scenario with the kitchen as its center.

Alfredo Häberli’s vision of the future kitchen is characterized by surprising clarity and straightforwardness. The internationally renowned designer takes the history of the kitchen, abstracts the idea from the form and offers visitors an architectonic surface for projection that suddenly makes anything seems possible: space for technological innovations, modern product design and sensuous materials, but also space for social interaction and individual needs – that’s the framework within which the kitchen of the future takes shape. It will be filled with life and sensory delights at LivingKitchen in Cologne.

Thanks to partners from the industry such as Arwa, Samsung, Schott Ceran and Petersen Tegl, visitors will be able to experience the kitchen equipment and a series of kitchen appliances that Alfredo Häberli has designed as a future scenario not just in the real world but in a virtual setting too – in augmented reality. Manufacturers like Alias, Astep, Atelier Pfister, Baltensweiler, Flos and New Tendency are providing additional select products for the installation.

Future Design in Hall 4.2 serves LivingKitchen as an experimental space for all sorts of ideas on future kitchen design. Besides Alfredo Häberli’s holistic vision of the kitchen’s role within the home, there will also be a separate exhibition dedicated to the nominated designers from the Pure Talents Contest, who will be showcasing their designs for the Kitchen Selection.

However, the picture of future kitchen design also includes the question of how nutrition trends are changing the kitchen itself. Future Foodstyles is about lifestyles. Societal developments like urbanisation and sharing concepts, but also cooking and nutrition trends like organic and veggie, in vitro and convenience, cooking robots and dialogue cookers were taken up and presented in an interesting fashion in the 350 m² project installation in hall 5.2.

The team behind Future Foodstyles has defined four different ways of addressing the key issue of the future – “cooking”: Convenience Cooking, Creative Cooking, Curated Cooking and Cooking from Scratch. With installations, performances, presentations and talks, Future Foodstyles was a great opportunity for visitors to find inspiration and get up-to-date with the latest developments in nutrition.

The Pure Talents Contest, which is held at imm cologne and is now in its sixteenth year, has once again made big waves – and once again, the number of this year’s submissions is even higher than the previous year’s. In total, 926 products from all over the world were entered. The competition, which is one of the world’s most prestigious design contests for up-and-coming designers and is organised by Koelnmesse, is held annually as part of imm cologne. For the first time this year, the competition also included the special ‘LivingKitchen Selection’, a category that offers a prize just for kitchen products.

The Pure Talents Contest is exclusively aimed at designers who are still pursuing or have just completed their studies. For many of the designers who are shortlisted by the jury, presenting their designs in Cologne is the launchpad for a successful career as a designer. Furthermore, the three best products in the competition exhibition receive an additional prize. The organisers are keen to see innovative concepts for compact kitchens in the urban space, as well as ideas for e-devices and kitchen accessories.

As in previous years, the jury for this year’s contest consists of internationally acclaimed designers and industry experts. This year, the jury includes Sebastian Herkner, a designer from Offenbach, Johannes Hünig, editor at IDEAT Magazine, Hamburg, Wilfried Lembert, Managing Director of Minimum Einrichten GmbH, Berlin, Rianne Makkink, Designer at Studio Makkink & Bey, Rotterdam, Suvi Saloniemi, Chief Curator at the Design Museum in Helsinki and designer Cristian Zuzunaga from Barcelona.

It’s also not usually possible to buy any of the products on show at LivingKitchen. The Food Market was the exception: Here, the visitor was able to find a selection of fresh ingredients, pickles and local foodstuffs, and they were also able to purchase them directly – or try them out on the spot at LivingKitchen.

The success of imm cologne 2020 reflects the further development of its content and concept, a necessary step that the interior business event initiated this year. For the first time, the trade fair focused on two interior worlds: Pure comprehensively presented the world of on-trend design brands, while its counterpart, Home, showcased furnishing solutions with a lifestyle feel for modern dwellings. At the end of the trade fair, all those involved agreed that the new division had made the event clearer and easier for visitors to navigate. With the significant expansion of Let’s be smart – Smart Village, the trade fair also placed much greater emphasis on smart living and provided the industry with a highly attractive platform for cross-sector matchmaking.



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