1.) Food is grown on this shelf without soil.
2.) 3D food printer
3.) Fridge, with an interactive 3D screen.
4.) Multi-touch tap.
5.) Self-cleaning surfaces.
6.) This tool displays nutritional info of ingredients
7.) Remote-controlled cooker
8.) Retractable shelves
9.) Height-adjustable cabinets
10.) Energy monitor
11.) Genetically-engineered food.
12.) Roll-out chopping boards and draws.

The kitchens of 2040 will navigate between being the center of health, a cultural and social structure cultivating togetherness, and a technologically conscious entity making living more sustainable and inspired according to a report undertaken by Future Laboratory of the United Kingdom, commissioned by IKEA.

IKEA said the project is part of its focus on how best to provide for consumers’ lifestyle needs in their homes, both now and in the future.

The report applied quantitative and qualitative research methodology, via a survey of consumers in Ireland, expert interviews and extensive desk research and analysis, in order to identify the drivers and trends affecting kitchen design, function and culture, and to predict how this will evolved in the next 30 years.

“Consumers believe that technology will have a significant impact on the kitchen of the future with 64% of consumers surveyed believing it will help boost energy efficiency and 52% saying it will help to reduce their carbon footprint. Nearly half, 46%, say it will help to reduce household waste. 38% of consumers believe that technology in the future will help clean the kitchen" the report states.

The study identified the following three key themes:

The ‘Back to Nature’ Kitchen --

The kitchen will galvanize the home production of organic, natural food and promote the grow-your-own movement in homes and communities. Through recycling and upcycling, the process of converting waste materials or useless products into new materials or products of better quality will be streamlined and incorporated into the kitchen. Materials and furniture will be made from natural materials. The garden or mini-allotment will be standard as an extension of the kitchen (as grow-your-own becomes an essential source of food).

The ‘Smart’ Kitchen: The kitchen will be intelligent, thinking and caring for its inhabitants. Foods will be considered and cooked in accordance with the nutrients and vitamins they provide. Smart technology, where appliances communicate with each other, will be prevalent in this environment, as will wireless appliances and seamless design. Technologies like the sixth-generation iPad will be the centerpiece and installed inside a cupboard or the side of an appliance panel, easily accessible for varied use such as an interactive tutorial. Celebrity chefs will be hologrammed into the kitchen to inspire recipes while placing a cell in an oven that will nurture an elaborate meal for four.

The ‘Emotionally Intelligent’ Kitchen: T

he motif of this kitchen will be to improve and enhance the mind, body and spirit of people. Food will be the fuel for attaining the highest levels of health and well being as well as a catalyst for social experiences. In the future, nanotech will be used to enrich a wide range of cooked foods with tiny, tasteless capsules of vitamins, minerals or health supplements. Environments will inevitably change according to the time of day, and appliances will actively help and take on tasks. Light projects will be programmed into the walls to respond to inhabitant’s moods and ergonomic soundscapes will help elevate moods. Slow digital cooking appliances will be intended for ‘gastrotainment’ as well as nutritional purposes.

Read IKEA's press release.

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