New Kitchen Trends at LivingKitchen 2011 in Cologne

Modern kitchens are masterpieces of technology that have turned into living rooms for the whole family. (photo: AMK)
Modern kitchens are masterpieces of technology that have turned into living rooms for the whole family. (photo: AMK)

By combining kitchen and dining room, people are placing new demands on their kitchens – a wishlist that kitchen appliance and furnishings manufacturers have gladly picked up. Nothing is left to chance in the modern kitchen. Each area is custom-adapted to the individual needs of the residents and regular kitchen users.

Today, the kitchen as it can be seen at LivingKitchen (18.-23.01.2011) in Cologne, is a fully emancipated living area: a zone in which people can spend a pleasant evening with family and friends, as a matter of course. The past decade gave rise to sensational ideas developed by kitchen planners. As a result, compelling new innovations are arriving in the market as „complete kitchen packages“ that merge a wide array of preferences, demands and requirements. The innovation starts with detailed planning of light installations in the kitchen and the space; continues to the ergonomic and process-optimized placement of the various work and rest zones; and finishes with a myriad of open and closed storage space arenas.

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.