by Amanda C. Davis and Tammy Moreiro

1950s Kitchen Interior

The 1930’s and 40’s idea of a compact kitchen space is an antiquated, past idea.  Through the decades, and postwar, kitchen spaces expanded along with the American family.  The now nostalgic GM sponsored film, “Kitchen of the Future”, branded the idea of modernity and was displayed at world fairs.  A flag of modern technology, it was accompanied by mock kitchens showcasing and encouraging excitement and the sense that America was moving forward and in tact.  Many of the prototypes featured were never mass marketed.  But, a few, such as the microwave, are now standard.

Today, the American kitchen continues to serve as a center room used far more than mere food preparation.  While, its true, the typical American family kitchen is equipped with basic mechanics: running water, food refrigeration, food storage, and a stove.  The modern American kitchen has become a new industrial space including, but not limited to, laundry, study environments, microwave technology, dining and entertaining; the merging of this modernity is influenced by the commercial industrial kitchen creating a 21st century modern kitchen space wherein efficiency is the primary goal.

For example, as seen in Figures 1 and 2, the productivity of the work triangle turns more towards use of space in the future. The sink of the future is is present idea that is multi-purpose and modular.  This modern-day sink is integrated into a module piece that includes a top shelf space for an indoor herb garden. The panel is easily removed to expose a sink and cooktop.  Additionally, the the modern day, module sink unit in Figure 2 sink has multiple configurations including cooking rings and storage below.

Figure 1

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Figure 2

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 Just as in the 50’s, our war ridden culture continues to propel technologically. Kitchen advances include everyday appliances like the upper surface of the cooking stove; when it comes to the stovetop, the future is clad with induction burners as seen in Figure 3.

Figure 3

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The William is a “Touch-Sensitive Stovetop”, that allows the user to access the entire cooktop via a honeycomb electric system. Its intuitive system uses 85% of the cooking surface, allowing users to use it
instinctually, turning off within sixty seconds if nothing is detected on the surface. And, while it’s true, technology will inedibly continue to advance, we live in a modern era. Thus, the advancements of “tomorrow”
are, indeed, happening “today”. While the 1950s future idea was tightly interwoven with the social, political, and economic phenomena that defined the decade. The 21st century is propelled by technology and urban advancement. Translated, the 21st century future kitchen idea is efficient, modular, and mobile. Along with that the 21st century pushes our central society toward more green and earth conscious living.

With that, consider the Joko Domus kitchen cart collection of modular elements, wherein its materials tell a story about the user as well as the artisan. While this interchangeable piece represents a future idea, it can easily be incorporated into our modern day as a current, future item.

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We believe the kitchen of the future is going towards more modular kitchens. The modular kitchen can give the customer more flexibility. These units can be customized and configured to the customers design. They contain electric burners, sinks and refrigeration. They will come in different shapes and sizes. As seen in the sketches below there is a small round unit, a more rectilinear unit and a larger unit.  Fig 5 comes in components that snap together, so they customer can buy as many as needed. Fig 6 is one unit and has a multilevel top for working and cooking. Fig 7 is a larger unit which contains lighting and a small pantry. The cooktop has a sink on the same surface.


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Here, the future beacons a modular and mobile kitchen allowing the user to create workstations as needed. The user(s), therefore may work in groups, allowing the family to work and entertain together. In this future, the sous chef and the head chef are connected allowing everyone to partake, and, hence redefining the Workstation as the new triangle, and, thusly commanding use of space as the future intellect of the kitchen space.



Works Cited

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“Home  &  Interior Design Ideas.” Kitchens of the Future. N.p., n.d. Web. 05 May 2014. (Figures 1 and 2)


“KITCHENS OF THE FUTURE.” InsideOut. N.p., n.d. Web. 04 May 2014.


“LIFE.” Google Books. N.p., n.d. Web. 04 May 2014. (Image 1)


Moore, Rowan. “We Need Proper Planning, Not Jerry-built Economics.” The Observer. Guardian News and Media, 09 Sept. 2012. Web. 04 May 2014.


“This Is the Stovetop of the Future, and It’s Amazing.” Gawker. N.p., n.d. Web. 04 May 2014. (Figure 3)