Want to know what we can look forward to in our kitchen appliance design and functionality? Simone Stephens, senior industrial designer for Fisher & Paykel, fresh from the biennial Eurocucina kitchen design fair in Milan, talks tomorrow’s kitchens.
“Integrated design is already big and is getting even bigger,” says Simone. “This means that appliances will no longer be designed in isolation – they’ll be created to fit the existing or new space. It’s all about getting a really good fit, making sure there are no gaps.”
“There’s an increased desire for flexible, modular kitchens that grow with us, rather than ones that we outgrow,” says Simone. “Think dish drawers that can either sit side by side or stacked on top of each other, or our new integrated rangehoods and ovens that allow you to mix and match.”
“We’re seeing big demand for quiet functionality: kitchens that work hard but do it quietly behind the scenes,” Simone advises. “This doesn’t just mean making appliances quieter, but incorporating visual elements, like lights, to tell us when an appliance is on or finished.”
What does your kitchen of the future look like?
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