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The future of kitchen design

Since I’ve been chatting with you about trends, I thought you might like to see what’s emerging for the future of kitchen design. For the past few years, I’ve been seeing prototypes and industrial ideas of interactive flat surfaces. Most of it has been imagination but it’s coming.

Take a look at what debuted at the Consumer Electronic Show 2014 (CES) earlier this month:

So let’s chat: is this something you like to see? Let me know in the comments.

Until next time,





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  1. “Mom can…..” Really? This is the 21st century, young man, and I suspect there are as many dads as moms who could – and would – use this clever appliance to great effect! Pillock.

    I think it’s an innovative, practical and functional piece of kitchen technology that may be the way of the future, and yep, no doubt there will be various technical problems, yes, it’s kinda gimmicky, and yes, customer service may be iffy (it’s Whirlpool, folks!), but, so, what’s new in the world of kitchen appliances?! I think it’s wonderful, and I’d love one in my dreams, but in reality I’ll stick to my aged solid Aga.

    I’ll bet clean-up is a breeze, and when you’re not cooking, that’s a lot of extra countertop for doing other stuff, so overall, I think it’s a fantastic idea.

    • We need to use “pillock” more often, May. And I agree-if they ever get this off the ground (by “they”, I mean the appliance industry), it’s the cleaning and convenience that I’d grab with both fists.

  2. Hmm, slick idea but my first thought was along the lines of Joe’s; there’s just more things to go wrong with such a fancy appliance. I want reliability, not more gadgetry. I wonder how well it works if one’s fingers are greasy or messy from food prep? I know that interferes with touch pad control response on the induction cook tops I looked at last week.

    What I do like about it is that the cook top *is* the counter top. Imagine how easy it would be to keep clean! And wow, who wouldn’t love the uninterrupted stretch of counter when the cook top isn’t in use? Love those aspects of this appliance.

  3. I think it’s a very slick concept, but what would keep it out of our kitchen is that it’s really conceptS. In that regard it reminds me of the Shopsmith. It’s an all-in-one tool that that’s been on the market for years. It includes a table saw, disc sander, lathe, drill press, and router. The selling point is that it takes up less space in one’s garage. The problem, though, is that with so many tools using the same platform, it is difficult to keep them in proper alignment, so you’re never as accurate as you would like to be. Also, the more moving parts you have in a tool, the more things you have to go wrong. The better tools—and the ones I always buy—are dedicated tools. My table saw does not double as a drill press or anything else.

    I don’t need a stove that stores recipes because I have a box for that. What I want is a stove that is so reliable it will never have to be replaced unless I get tired of it. But who would get tired of perfection?

    • We’re all using the same word: slick. Unfortunately, until long-term values win over cheapest pricing, we’re not going to see reliability.