How do we want to live? How are our wants, needs and habits changing â€“ and what might the household appliances of the future look like so as to accommodate these changes? With Fireplace and FreshConnect, Bauknecht is presenting two design studies that provide some potential answers to these questions.
“These design studies could serve as inspiration for completely new product generations that are fundamentally different from the household appliances we know today,” explains Marten van der Mei, Marketing Director at Bauknecht. “Fireplace and FreshConnect introduce two concepts that not only use new technologies but which, more importantly, pick up on important trends that will shape our daily lives in the future.”
Fireplace: The hearth of the 21st century
The Fireplace design study addresses the desire for more togetherness and interaction while cooking and eating. The focal point is a multifunctional table with a central digital cooking zone â€“ the modern hearth â€“ and a hood that serves as an air exchanger and creates different lighting and aroma moods. The height of both elements can be adjusted to ensure optimal ergonomics and accommodate different usage occasions.
The cooking zone with its characteristic coloured glass rods emits light with different wavelengths to create a pleasant, warm atmosphere, or to cook foods in a way that not only guarantees the best results but is also intended to generate a visual impression of the cooking process taking place on the cooking zone.
The hood mounted above it is fitted with a camera. With this camera and the sensors in the hob, various types of food can be recognized and the correct preparation method selected automatically. In addition, the hood is able to clean and disinfect the air, release aromas and bathe the tableau in bright working light or subdued mood lighting, depending on the situation.
FreshConnect: Freshness in a new dimension
The starting point for the FreshConnect design study was the idea of “sharing” and the desire to ensure even better resource conservation whilst simultaneously enhancing convenience and quality of life. The core idea is the use of cooling containers that are geared towards the requirements of certain foods.
Rather than being stored together in one large refrigerator, the different provisions are kept separately in an atmosphere that provides the exact temperature and humidity required by the respective foods. These cooling devices can be combined to suit their userâ€™s needs: more or less space for vegetables, fruit, fish, meat or drinks – the groceries remain visible instead of being stored in big, closed boxes.
The cooling is accomplished by a central unit that can even be shared by several apartments, thus achieving a new level of energy efficiency for refrigeration systems.