Why homes in the future won't have a kitchen

The future of Australian homes looks very different.

The kitchen has been dubbed the hub of the home, so how is it possible that it won't exist in the future?

According to the head of design at IKEA, we simply won't need it.

Bringing people together

"There won’t be a need for kitchens within homes for the future, because everything will be migrating into communal spaces," IKEAs Head of interior design, Tiffany Buckins predicts.

"Due to the ever-growing popularity of eating out and online ordering like UberEats, the need to have storage for mass entertaining will probably dissipate."

"We will no longer need solutions for things like ironing boards, irons and solutions within our home for activities associated with come and go."

As shocking as this may sound, Tiffany beleives it will be part of a bigger cultural shift that involves living in tiny homes and having more shared spaces within a living complex or community.

Thinking smarter, easier

As our living spaces become smaller, Tiffany says we need to think about how to work with our space, rather than trying to make the space work for our belongings.

"We need to consciously think about what it is you do within a space, what brings you the most joy, and then suiting that purchase to relate to those needs," she says.

"I think purposeful design will continue to be so important.

"When I think about some of the products that we don’t offer today, I think about time, and how important time is to life. As a society we’re virtually time poor."

So when it comes to designing products to help us with time, Tiffany says she'd like to see products that push the boundaries when it comes to innovation.

Her ideas? A cooktop or an oven that does the cooking, or a washing machine that folds clothes and puts them away. "I have really high expectations on product design!" she jokes.

Innovating and creating

While living in tiny spaces will dictate how many belongings we hold on to, there are some exceptions. 

"Those things that are sentimental, that have a nostalgic value. It’s that fine line of balance between practicality and what’s actually important to you," she says.

Another solution is to think differently about how we're using the space and how we can use products differently, Tiffany adds.

"Some of my favourite IKEA innovations are lighting ranges can charge your phone just by placing your phone on the base of the lamp. It also has integrated USB ports for cord accessibility and maximise floor space," Tiffany reveals.

"Another favourite would be the Sonos collection called Symfonisk, where the speakers are at the base of the light, so you don’t need to take valuable floor space for an additional speaker in the home."

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