The home hub

The home hub

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This paper discussed the latest design concepts for the kitchen of the future. At Grand Designs Live 2010, the House of the Future is entirely open-plan and clinically white. Round the corner is a rather different example of a space-saving kitchen. The Anima concept kitchen employs one space to make two rooms. An oblong unit serves as preparing/dining surface, until a storage unit slides up from the middle at the touch of a button. On one side it has kitchen shelves with utensils and glasses; on the other a living space is created with a built-in TV. Just add chairs. Also designed to combat space constraints, Electrolux's future concept 'Heart of the Home' has an amorphous surface, so that it can be bar/cooker at the touch of your hand. Press the surface and its malleable material will achieve the depth of a saucepan. Temperature controls will materialise to be touched.

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