Vooking: Kitchen design perfectly tailored for vegetarian cooking

Vooking – an abbreviation of vegetarian cooking – 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 – just as the entire kitchen – the highest standards of modern design. “Indoor farming” 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.

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The project team: Gerhard Spitzbart, Harald Hochettlinger, Stefan Radinger, Mario Zeppetzauer, Stefan Degn (from left to right)

Vooking Concept Sketch

Prototype of Vooking

Sustainability is and will remain an important trend

In our blog post “Kitchen trends 2014” we have already taken a first look at the trends in 2014. Now we would like to have a closer look at one of these trends. As our title already suggests, we will talk about sustainability.

Energy efficiency, freshness and the gentle preparation of food – these are the key words when it comes to sustainability in the kitchen. The industry has already recognized this and offers a variety of solutions. Modern kitchen appliances require steadily less electricity, keep food fresh longer and enable a quick and gentle preparation when cooking.

Today’s refrigerators have had different climate zones for long in which food is stored at optimal temperatures. Thus they do not only stay fresh longer, but their nutrients are being better preserved by this way. “This is less about the storage period but more about preserving the quality and healthy ingredients in the foods,” says Kirk Mangels, Managing Director of “Arbeitsgemeinschaft Die Moderne Küche  (AMK)”. In combination with a good energy efficiency class costs not only for electricity, but also for food can be saved in a noticeable frame per year. By now both for refrigerators and freezers as well as for washing machines and dishwashers the energy efficiency class A+++ has been available. These devices consume around 60 percent less energy than class A. Also, the increasingly integrated features in kitchen appliances ensure a greater sustainability. For example, you can find refrigerators with so-called “vitamin-safes”. Here, a green and blue LED light in the vegetable cooler ensures that Vitamin C is being preserved.

However, not only for the storage, but also for the preparation there are energy-friendly alternatives. Induction cookers are a good example: they react much faster than conventional hobs and heat the entire cooking pot instead of just the floor. By this way, time and especially energy can be saved. Also in the case of kitchen faucets sustainability is not being neglected: Many companies have offered kitchen faucets for some time that allow filtered or even boiling water, which makes water boilers – one of the most energy-consuming domestic appliances – superfluous.

These examples, however, are just a small selection of what the industry offers for sustainability in our kitchens today. The choice is far more comprehensive what shows that the topic is an important trend and will stay one.

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Example of multifunctional kitchen faucets (c) AMK

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Example of full surface induction fields (c) AMK

 

LivingKitchen 2013 kitchen trends: a sneak preview of novelties and innovations

The LivingKitchen 2013 will be showcasing the topic of kitchens in all its facets. With around 160 exhibitors from 18 countries, it is the leading international kitchen event next year and is – above all – also a decisive marker for the very latest household appliances and kitchen furniture trends within the German and European markets.

Although the fair for trade visitors and end consumers is still a good three months away, some exclusive exhibitors have already allowed us to peer over their shoulders and have disclosed which trends will be strongly influencing their presentation innovations at the LivingKitchen 2013.

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