The kitchen is the ideal place to put ideas of living more healthily and greenly into practice. The layout of separate rooms to cook, relax and dine in is making way for one-room living.
We are entering times of opportunity for positive change. The kitchen is the ideal place to put ideas of living more healthily and greenly into practice. The layout of separate rooms to cook, relax and dine in is making way for one-room living.
We are designing an experience, where we have the opportunity to consider our routes to sustainable thinking, and reflect how we live.
It is based on our need to connect with nature. The use of natural products such as plants, water and fresh air, but also the colours, textures and materials, evoking a sense of nature. This has numerous benefits, including the ability to improve our physical and mental well-being.
Emotional engagement is the key to good kitchen design. Eye contact, desire to touch the cabinetry, the different surface temperature or texture of materials to add sensuality, pleasure and warmth.
Wellness is a field in which the need for sustainability moves beyond the physical to the psychological, with choices of materials to avoid unnecessary waste and pollution.
Smart kitchen appliances are where we are heading. Lighting as well as appliance manufacturers are making the most of smart technology with low energy systems for people in all life-stages by integrating sensors into buildings to create smarter environments that are healthier.
We also see a definite response to the growth of multigenerational living. Specialist kitchen design is a key way to support the ageing population, easing crises such as loneliness and the housing shortage. All of this is not green thinking in the traditional sense, but it will encourage the building of long-lasting and healthy homes.
Good design must have obvious health benefits and focus on human wellbeing. We need to understand our psychological connections with the objects we use. If we love things, we keep them for longer.
This means, we should be making kitchens that are well crafted to become part of our souls. Let’s design out waste and pollution by sticking to products and materials which can stay in continuous use and be regenerated into natural systems.
Points to consider:
- This also applies to food refrigeration. New cooling systems come with compartments with controlled humidity, keeping food fresh for much, much longer. You can also choose to go for a smart fridge with an internal camera, allowing you to check directly from the supermarket whether there actually is the need to buy yet another pint of milk or a pack of herbs
- Smart ovens with built in baking and roasting sensors which switch the ovens off at the exact point of your food being cooked and ready; therefore save energy
- Ovens with wifi technology which you can connect to your phone. They will send you a message the moment the cooking process has finished. In case of a fault, the manufacturer will be able to diagnose the problem remotely and your engineer will turn up with the correct parts to fix it.