Kitchen 3.0: Culinary Gadgets from Your Future Home
It's true. We're obsessed with shortcuts, innovations, and gadgets that make your time in the kitchen more efficient, creative, and interactive. Lately we've been seeing so many Jetsons-esque home appliances come to life that we got to thinking. What will our future kitchens look like? Will it be completely automated? Will it interact more with the natural world? Will we eat everything in pill form? Here are 12 appliances that you might see in your future home, including a few that you might be able to snag in the next few months.
1. Mobile Induction Heat Plate: As time marches on, our definition of how we use different spaces at home is ever-changing. The kitchen, for example, is often more of a gathering space than a cooking space, and most people like to cook outside any chance they can get. This mobile induction plate is totally portable and can cook whatever you need, wherever you want. You control it via an app on your smartphone, and it even has a handy handle for carrying anywhere. This is also great if you want to keep soup hot on the dinner table.
2. Ribbon Portable Heater & Cooler: Need to keep something hot or cold, but also want to keep it in the container it was made in? You'll love the Ribbon. The unique shape and flexibility mean you can heat or cool just about anything, and it's extremely portable. The black side provides heat while the white cools, and you can even fold it out to use as a hot plate.
3. Milkmaid: The question of whether or not your milk has turned is a timeless one. You smell the carton, and then you realize you don't know what "good" milk actually smells like anyway. The Milkmaid, currently in production over at Quirky, takes all the guesswork out by letting you know as soon as you open the fridge.
4. Natural Dish Washer: Designed by Antoine Lebrun for European appliance company Fagor Brandt, the natural dish washer uses specialized plants to filter and clean your dirty dishes. To cook, lift up the plant top and revel in the noiseless air filter the plants provide. When it's time to clean up, simply place the dirty dishes in the sink, close the hood, and let the clean cycle begin. We don't totally get how this works, but we like the concept of using natural plant properties to keep the home clean.
5. Salty Spoon: This handy spoon is ideal for folks who need to watch their salt intake. Dip it any soup, stew or sauce and the spoon will let you know the percentage of salinity in your food. The Salinity Monitor Spoon is currently available for $57 a pop, but we're more excited about what this means for more informed eating. Imagine if you could dip a spoon in any type of food and get nutrition facts. Kind of crazy, and not one to take to your favorite restaurant, but also pretty cool.
6. Self-Stirring Sauce Pan: A watched pot never boils but you've gotta watch the pot to keep it cooking evenly. This self-stirring sauce pan concept features diagonal grooves on the inside causing a vortex convection when liquid is eater. Contents are less likely to boil over, and stir themselves. Click here to check out a colorful video of the pan in action.
7. Auto Stirring Microwave Bowl: Speaking of stirring things up, how annoying is the cold spot in a bowl of just about anything you microwave? The AutoStir attaches to the top of your microwave and stirs whatever you're heating up.
8. 3D Food Printer: We wrote about this a few months ago as part of our Health & Fitness Innovations from the Future article, and here we are again. This Digital Fabricator Concept is a machine that prints 3D meals, and can even customized based on the user's specific nutritional needs.
9. Dish Rack that Waters Plants: Isn't it time your dish rack gave back? With the Fluidity Dish Rack by Milan design studio Design Libero, the water from your drying dishes flows directly into planters on either side of the rack. This is great move for herbs you use in the kitchen, or for succulents if you're not much a dish-doer.
10. Nano Garden: The kitchen concept that inspired this whole article, the Nano Garden is a fully functional vegetable garden for your kitchen. The concept takes tiered metal shelving, climate controlled panels, purposefully-directed lumens, and an attachment to a water source to make your indoor vegetable crop dreams a potential reality. Because light, water and nutrient supply is totally controllable, it's up to you how quickly you want your veggies to grow. It will alert you if you're overwatering, over-sunning, or if your plants need more nutrients. It even works to naturally purify the air in your home.
11. AGA iTotal Control: Though this is currently available in the UK, we're still categorizing this as a future kitchen gadget, as the $12K price is rather steep. The iTotal Control lets you control your stove and oven through your computer, smartphone, tablet or regular phone via text message, making sure dinner is always ready when you get home.
12. Multi-Touch Kitchen: And finally, the multi-touch kitchen. An entire kitchen system based on touchscreen technology. The cooktop includes a surface for looking up recipes and nutritional information, a built-in scale, and an easy way to turn recipes into grocery lists that sync to your phone via bluetooth. It's futuristic and robotic, but it also requires human contact. We're in love.
Pocket doors are so delightful in and of themselves. They appear when you need them, get tucked away when you don't, and make it easy to define rooms while keeping an open floor plan. Add to the pocket door a joyful patterned wallpaper surprise, and you will be sent right into fits of visual jubilation! Or something ;) Today we're sharing two simple and impactful pocket door makeovers that zhuzh up your space in a jiffy.
Anjelika Temple here, co-founder of Brit + Co and proud owner of several pocket doors! When I moved into my first real grown-up house a couple years ago, I knew I wanted to incorporate wallpaper so reached out to our friends at Chasing Paper to see how we might collaborate. It felt like a total lightbulb moment when I realized I could create a surprise pop of pattern on a couple sets of pocket doors.
Not only is it a whimsical way to bring color into a space, but the doors double as picture-perfect backdrops for all your SFH (selfies from home, obvs).
A few pro tips about install:
- Removable wallpaper is miraculously forgiving! You can take it on and off multiple times without it losing integrity (or mucking up your surface).
- I ordered this adhesive wallpaper installation kit with a squeegee and xacto knife and it worked super well. I also recommend a sharp pair of scissors for cutting longer lines.
- This is a two-person job! Get a friend, put on a playlist, and get ready to bond.
- Wild, organic patterns like Tally are great because it's challenging to spot any imperfections in pattern alignment; keep pattern choice in mind if you've got a lot of corners to match up. More geometric patterns and larger shapes leave less room for error (but are awesome in their own right!).
BATHROOM POCKET DOORS
In our primary bathroom, we chose the wallpaper pattern Tally, designed by Kelly Ventura, in White and Navy. In our space, the navy reads as a soft black, which is perfect for the space. It's easy to combine an ever-rotating collection of linens with the Tally pattern.
I love how the white trim becomes the perfect frame around this pocket door piece of art.
My favorite moment in this space is the fact that you actually get a third pop of pattern thanks to our serendipitously placed mirror!
And yes, this one works pretty darn well as a backdrop too ;)
LIVING ROOM DOUBLE DOORS
This set of doors is definitely a focal point of our home. It separates our living room from our primary bedroom which opens onto our backyard. The doors are pretty much always open, but when they're closed we wanted to evoke a fun, nature-inspired vibe. With that in mind, we selected the Lines and Moons pattern by Thimblepress in Green and Brown.
Earth mama vibes up in here! I love how the shapes and colors echo the ferns you see through the windows and the acorn wood details throughout the house.
Love this pattern moment, and xacto-ing out the door handle is def on the oddly satisfying DIY list.
For a pattern lover like me, I love that now I have this instant photo backdrop!
Thanks to Chasing Paper for providing these rolls of pure pattern amazingness. Head to chasingpaper.com to find our own favorites and start adding patterns to your home!
(Wallpaper wingwoman: Kayla Haykin; Photography: Kurt Andre)