The kitchen of the future: a high tech control center featuring EIB bus, touch screen control, Internet and iPod integration

photo: Gira.
photo: Gira.

Toilets in the bathroom and intercoms on the front door were the innovations of yesterday. In future, our houses will be equipped with a degree of convenience that still seems like Science Fiction from today’s perspective. The computer system that experts say is destined to automate a vast array of very different functions goes by the name of bus. Even today, household appliances deploy a good deal of high-tech to save energy and make our lives easier. Central control will hugely increase that potential. Trend researchers and industry experts have no doubts that the bus will come. It might be a little late – but it will definitely come. And its first stop will be the kitchen.

It’s 7:30 on a winter’s morning. It’s still dark outside. The indirect lighting in the bedroom gradually comes on to the gentle sound of the Kings of Convenience. The bathroom has already been heated to a cosy 21° C, a tempting smell of freshly brewed coffee issues from the kitchen and the rolls are already baking in the oven.

And yet there’s nobody in the kitchen to make breakfast. Everything that’s happening is fully automated by the EIB system, the European Installation Bus, a control system for the home.

Philippe Starck about the function of the kitchen, modern design and his Warendorf cooperation

Warendorfer Küchen GmbH engaged the internationally renowned designer Philippe Starck to create an additional kitchen collection: the “STARCK BY WARENDORF” Design Collection. The new “STARCK BY WARENDORF” furniture collection and the the room designs developed by WARENDORF add new highlights for creating a cosy kitchen to the traditional Warendorf premium kitchen range and will be presented at LivingKitchen (hall 4.2 stand B030 C039).

With its wide range of innovations, the collection is designed to go way beyond the concept of traditional, made-to-measure fitted kitchens and makes it possible to have furnishings for any room size and many different styles with its inter-combinable elements.

What was your first job in the design world?
A huge inflatable structure for the Salon de l’enfance in Paris. It was so new that the TV news came and broadcasted it.

Tell us about your collaboration with Warendorf. What does the Collection include? How long did it take to come to fruition?
This collection is about us, about the evolution of our habits, of society. It is about a life spent (since the beginning of time) around the fire. Fire that was the central place of any village, city, civilization. Starck by Warendorf kitchens bring new ergonomics, a different answer to daily life: the wife is no more cloistered away in her kitchen while the children are in their rooms … now the entire family can interact and share their lives in the space I propose. The option of a high table also allows a more dynamic approach between people. And as we cannot cater to everybody’s taste, there are options so that everyone, from our tribe, can find his/her fire. The kitchen used to be the heart and centre of any home. It is where the entire family meets. When I was designing the Warendorf kitchen, the hugely important task was to create a room that everyone wants to be in because it exudes a feeling of wellbeing.