The lifes of Australian mainly takes part outside â€“ especially for the occasion of a BBQ they like to meet on their terraces. No wonder, that spatial concepts for Australian kitchens combine indoor and outdoor. From great window fronts, sliding panels to full outdoor kitchens â€“ the Australiens found many ways to integrate their natural environment into their living space.
Vooking â€“ an abbreviation of vegetarian cooking â€“ is the result of a collaboration of an interdisciplinary team consisting of industrial and furniture designers, a cook and a carpenter. For this project, the industrial designers Mario Zeppetzauer and Stefan Degn of the German design agency “formquadrat” got together with the furniture designer Stefan Radinger, the cook Harald Hochettlinger and the carpenter Gerhard Spitzbart to discuss one question: Do I need a different kitchen for vegetarian cooking? The result is a new kitchen design named Vooking.
Now, which elements of this design differ from a classic kitchen design? Here are a few examples:
When cooking vegetarian meals significantly more food is cleaned and washed. This fact was taken into consideration when developing the modular and flexible 2-bowl-sink, which is equipped with border zones. Also integrated in the sink is a device for systematic disinfection. Moreover, a scale especially for grain enables to portion directly from grain sacks. The grain mill is designed as a built-in device and meets â€“ just as the entire kitchen â€“ the highest standards of modern design. â€śIndoor farmingâ€ť to grow fresh herbs and spices is also part of the equipment as well as a cooling system that adapts to different foods.
It will take a little longer from the prototype to a market-ready version of Vooking. On LivingKitchen 2015 this revolutionary kitchen design will be presented to the public for the first time and you will have the chance to get a glance of this unique concept.
The project team: Gerhard Spitzbart, Harald Hochettlinger, Stefan Radinger, Mario Zeppetzauer, Stefan Degn (from left to right)
Prototype of Vooking
Ergonomics is one of the buzzwords of our time. More frequently, it is also mentioned in connection with contemporary kitchen design. The ambition of ergonomic design is to optimize the working conditions, the work process, the arrangement of the objects to be graspedand and the to-use devices with regard to space and time in a way that results get at their best and parties tire as little as possible. Kitchen manufacturer focus increasingly on ergonomic kitchen design.
An individual and thereby formfitting kitchen design is the answer to high cabinets which are difficult to reach, to not fully extendable pull-outs and to poorly planned working areas. Short distances, the ideal use of the available space, good light and also an optimal working height ensure a more efficient working and a healthy back posture. The working height can now easily be determined with the so-called ergonoMeterÂ©, offered by â€śArbeitsgemeinschaft Die Moderne KĂĽche e.V.â€ť (AMK). It is the world’s first measure that uses the elbow height of the kitchen user as reference to determine the optimum working height. “The ideal working height is 10 to 15 cm below the level of your elbow,” says Kirk Mangels, CEO of the AMK. The ergonoMeter is already offered by qualified kitchen retailers and furniture stores with kitchen departments. Discerning clients have the possibility to customize their modern kitchen to the body size by electrically height adjustable base systems. The optimum space utilization of a kitchen can be achieved by a sensible division of the room in work zones and functional areas. By this, unnecessary work paths can be avoided.
Moreover, ergonomically designed kitchens include a variety of details. These include drawers and pull-out drawers with damping which are designed clearly and slip freely inside, or at eye level built-in ovens and steamers. Instead, the higher built-in dishwasher is an essential new feature that will be greeted with considerable enthusiasm.
Example of a modern kitchen with integrated and electrically height adjustable countertop. (Image: AMK)
The ergonoMeterÂ© for the measurement of the optimum work height. (Images: AMK)