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Smart design: Innovations for the kitchen of tomorrow

29 Jul 2019

Concept study from Blum, © Julius Blum

What does the kitchen of the future look like? Will we operate all devices by voice and unfold furniture as needed? Exhibitors at interzum 2019 have thought ahead and presented new concepts.

Operating comfort with system

Among other things, the leading trade fair for furniture production and interior design showed how interconnected technology can increase the comfort in the kitchen. Austrian manufacturer Blum presented a smart concept study at interzum and demonstrated how wall cabinets and pull-outs, dishwashers and refrigerators can be opened and closed with simple, spoken commands. In customizable scenes like "Clear away the shopping" all the relevant wall cabinets and pull-outs will glide open by themselves. Opening the waste bin pull-out without touching it is another useful scenario. Blum showed how it is possible to define various scenarios and operate several items of furniture at the same time.

Electronic cabinet opener from Hailo

Voice activated opener

Especially in situations where you don't have your hands free, technology that can be voice activated is extremely practical. The exhibitor Hailo has transferred this realisation to an electronic cabinet opener. It can be connected to smart speaker systems – which is particularly practical when you have your hands full when preparing food in the kitchen.

"Urban smart kitchen" by Kesseböhmer

Optimum storage space

Space is tight. At least in the conurbations around the globe, where housing is scarce and prices per square metre are high. This poses a challenge to furniture manufacturers to extract optimum storage space, order and access in these very spaces. With its "urban smart kitchen", Kesseböhmer demonstrated at interzum how a small metropolitan kitchen measuring six square metres can be planned with intelligent fittings solutions in a practical and user-friendly way. Narrowing fronts, electrically opening and height-adjustable pull-outs as well as space-saving furniture offer plenty of comfort for small rooms.

Tray lifting system from Ninkaplast

At the touch of a button

At interzum Ninkaplast was showcasing its product development of Qanto, which is already considered a success by kitchen furniture manufacturers. The extending, powered tray lifting system was designed as a "plug-and-play" element for the optimum use of storage space in corner cabinets, kitchen islands or other base cabinets. At the touch of a button the storage space system, equipped with two or three trays, extends from or retracts into the worktop. The new lower pull-out tray easily moves kitchen appliances into an ergonomically optimum working position. The new adapter plate allows the top tray to be matched for the perfect aesthetic fit with the surrounding worktop.

The kitchen has always been a place for innovation. Current keywords such as "Smart Kitchen" or "Kitchen 4.0" show that nothing has changed. With the new products from interzum, the kitchen will be a little more innovative again.