The kitchen is commonly referred to as the heart of home, and today it is often the largest room in the house and one that people invest in. But what will it look like in the future, 25 years from now?
The kitchen of the future will be a multifunctional, hyper-connected and health focused space, according to a report produced by Silestone Institute.
Compiling the main design and usage trends for the kitchen of the future, “Global Kitchen: the home kitchen in the era of globalisation” concludes that it will be a space for leisure, work, health and relaxation, with smart appliances and connectivity, and incorporating techniques and devices normally found in professional kitchens.
Cosentino, a business leader in developing innovative and value-added kitchen surfaces, has examined the report as part of its Global Kitchen project – this is what you can expect to see in Australian home kitchens in the next 25 years.
The kitchen will continue to be a hub of activity and gathering place in the home. Beyond cooking and food preparation, the kitchen will primarily be a space for family and friends to spend time together. It will also be a place for eating, and will function as a place to work.
These activities mean the kitchen will be increasingly integrated with the rest of the home, opening and connecting to the living and dining rooms. To create a multi-functional space, kitchen designs will not only consider aesthetics and function, but also emotional value in order to strengthen its use as a space for relaxation and wellbeing.
The home kitchen is going to see major technological changes as well. Topping the list for Australian kitchens is faster and more efficient methods of cooking, with appliances and faucets that save energy and water, reflecting the Australian lifestyle and values. This will take the flexibility and sustainability of materials into account, while also ensuring durability, safety and hygiene.
Industry professionals also placed a high value on connectivity and smart appliances. Multifunctional countertops will have functions and properties that will allow consumers to control appliances, cook directly on the countertop without the need for a specific panel, connect to the Internet and adjust the counter’s height and width.
For all of these reasons and more, in 25 years the kitchen will be a social, health-focused space (spurred by healthier cooking methods and home-grown produce), and a place for connecting with others in the home (by socialising or working) and with surroundings (such as through online shopping and social media).
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