According to an independent Future Kitchen report* by The Future Laboratory, commissioned byhome furnishing specialists IKEA, by 2040 your kitchen will be your personal trainer, dietician,psychologist and lifestyle coach. It will respond to your energy levels, nutritional needs and mood,even with a high use of technology, it will also be sustainable and eco-friendly.
It’s a case of Big Mother meets Mother Nature.
In thirty years time, the kitchen will be so technologically advanced that it will almost be alive,responding actively to our needs like only a mother could. To reflect this IKEA has created an imageof the future kitchen – INTUITIV.
As you walk into the INTUITIV kitchen of the future, LED light projections adjust to your mood - itwill know if you have a hangover via sensors that will read your brainwaves. Aromatherapy infusedwalls will be synced to your calendar, calming you before a big meeting or energising you before agym session. The fridge will have selected some breakfast options, identifying the essential vitaminsfor your day via sensors. When you get home, a hologrammed chef will be on hand for recipeinspiration.
“The INTUITIV kitchen is a possible kitchen of the future with over one third of the UK population(41%) expecting that by 2040 we won’t even have to cook for ourselves,” says Carole Reddish,Deputy Managing Director of IKEA UK & Ireland. “Two more possible future kitchen scenarios are theELEMENTARA, a kitchen which sees a return to nature, and SKARP, with seamless smarttechnology.”
ELEMENTARA – The Back to Nature Kitchen
Nearly half of us (44%) think that the most important feature in our future kitchen will beenergy saving
The ELEMENTARA kitchen will encourage you to grow your own food and be self-sufficient with agarden or mini allotment as a standard extension of the room. Food will be kept cool through coldlarders and recycling facilities will be seamlessly incorporated into the kitchen.
Over two thirds of UK consumers (67%) try to buy energy efficient appliances suggesting that ‘greenawareness’ is on the rise. IKEA already has products such as the RINGSKAR taps with a flow controlfunction to avoid water waste and the RATIONELL recycling bins which help make householdrecycling easier.
The ELEMENTARA kitchen suggests that we will be going back to basics, making the most of naturalphysics rather than technology and avoiding energy consumption where possible. This is a coredesign principle at IKEA with products such as the oven hood extractor fans which can go in thedishwasher (a clean fan is much more energy efficient than a dirty one), the PS RESKEN benchwhich is composed of just three pieces of wood with no nails or screws (your weight simply locks theconstruction when you sit on it) and the PS BRUSE coffee table that looks solid but actually hashollow legs (to reduce the amount of wood used.) All IKEA appliances are also Energy class A rated.
SKARP - The Smart Kitchen
Over half of us (57%) think that technology will boost our kitchen experience.
This kitchen will be intelligent, predicting its inhabitants’ needs with smart technology. Synchronizedappliances will make everything happen at the touch of a button, communicating through iPad styledevices which will act as the brain of the kitchen, making our lives easier.
For the one third of Brits (41%) who expect that by 2040 they will no longer need to clean, theirdreams are set to come true with smart surfaces creating self-cleaning kitchens. We will also neverfeel guilty for forgetting the recycling because your kitchen will have done it for you.
SKARP will also encourage energy efficient behaviour with devices like phone-apps which control ourcarbon emissions and thermostats which respond to our voices and fingerprints.
“With the majority of us spending the total of nearly a month in the kitchen over one year, it is theheart of the home” explains Carole Reddish. “IKEA is constantly innovating behind the scenes torespond to changes and challenges to life at home so we can offer solutions that best meet peoples’needs. We think that the economy, social changes, concerns for our health and especially theenvironment will greatly influence kitchen design in the future. Both today, and in 2040 we will beable to help people live a more sustainable life at home in their kitchens, help them organise andpersonalise their living space to suit their needs and always at the best value for money. Excellentdesign and quality will never be compromised. In fact all IKEA kitchens already today come with a25 year guarantee so they are built to last!”
For immediate kitchen inspiration go to IKEA.co.uk/thekitchen which offers advice on everything youneed to know about kitchen, from planning and organising to inspirational design tips.