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
Even before the last day of the fair on 20th January, one thing is already certain: Cologne has established itself as an international venue for the kitchen industry. An excellent mood amongst the participating companies and visitors plus new launches and trends as far as the eye could see – LivingKitchen 2013 has impressively proved its worth as an exhibition format and reaped top marks in many areas.
“The second edition of LivingKitchen has been truly successful. We have seven outstanding days behind us, during which the kitchen – the focal point of people’s lives – has found its home in Cologne once and for all,” says CEO of Koelnmesse Gerald BĂ¶se. “In the three halls dedicated to the show, the sector has once again demonstrated just how much innovativeness, sophisticated design and quality it has to offer. I’m confident that, in the months to come, this will have a very positive impact on our exhibitors’ order books. LivingKitchen isn’t just a powerhouse for trends, innovation and design, it’s also the most important business platform in the global kitchen market”. Frank HĂĽther, managing director of AMK, couldn’t agree more: “LivingKitchen 2013 is every bit the highly deserved joint success that the kitchen industry and Koelnmesse had been hoping for: an international kitchen event in a class of its own.”
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.