A Retro Kitchen that is Both Stylish and Eco-Friendly


With every passing day, we see more and more people tend to lean on designing their homes and interiors to be more "green and eco-friendly". Some people go to extreme lengths to hire reputed designers that can give meaning to their ideas and design something captivating yet useful. "Conceptual Kitchens" that are in sync with the decor of your home, but at the same time add an element of "green" seem to be the in-thing these days. But looks like some Turkish designers have come up with a truly revolutionary kitchen set-up with a host of features to give it a stylish modern look, at the same time designing it to minimise wastage of food and water. It looks too fancy to be true, but you have to read on to admire the motive behind such an innovative design!

Altera Design Studio’s latest concept comes in the form of a retro-looking kitchen design called "Alight Kitchens". It was recently awarded a design win at the Incheon International Design Competition 2007 and will be exhibited at International Design Fair this December. The project deals with global shortages of clean water, food, resources. What role can a designer play in minimising wastage of resources became the theme behind the birth of this beautiful kichen. The system is designed to not only minimize waste materials but to make people aware of how much they are consuming. If you can take your eyes off the vibrant kitchen, take a look at some of the cool features that the Alight Kitchen boasts of:


* Only ready-made food and beverages can be consumed in sheet-metal packaging so people will be conscious about what and how much they eat.

* The cooling unit provided in the design will only allow storage of 3 days' worth of food.

* A smart oven warms up the food in groups to minimize how often it’s used. It arranges the ideal time and temperature for the packs by reading their barcodes!!

* There are 4 hollow plates located on the main dining table. Each of them can rotate on its center-axis so you can eat on the either side of the plate. The center of the table also features a small flatware station.

* The integrated dishwasher conserves water by using a biological solution for filtering and reusing the dirty water. On the table, there are two lids for detergent and capsules of filtering solution, and also a lid under the table for changing water after several usages.

* All plates are stored underneath the table in their own compartments, in sheet-metal packages which is easy to collect, store and recycle after usage.

This may not be a kitchen that you cook in daily; I for one simply CANNOT imagine myself using this for my everyday chores, especially as cooking for me is an elaborate affair, and I'd prefer a spacious open kitchen with a window overlooking some green field!:) But even then, I really admire the intention behind this design. It brings an innovative kitchen concept that focusses on minimizing waste of time, food, energy used in appliances like refrigerators and dishwashers, and the need for a large kitchen space. This design can surely fit the bill for bachelors or vacation homes, condos or places that you use occasionally. I love the look and design, and I'm sure more and more people would eventually warm up to the idea of such innovations!


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18 comments :

Anamika:The Sugarcrafter said...

Very innovative and frinedly, i can feel it !

Asha said...

Don't think I am liking it!!!:D

Weird Neon color, may be when I am a billionaire and got nothing else to spend on! Concept of green is good though!:)

Bangla cuisine at FH today, last post too!:)

Cynthia said...

I thank you for bringing these revolutionary ideas to us.

Sarah said...

that looks stunning!! I love the aqua blue, white and steel combination, and though not for everyday use, it surely supports a meaningful motive!!

-Sarah C

Uma said...

that kitchen looks innovative, indeed! Nice color combinations.

Mansi Desai said...

Anamika - glad you liked it!

Asha - I'm not surprised at your reaction; somehow it just fits your personality:) hehee, hope you enjoy your short vacation!:)

Cynthia - you r most welcome gal!

Sarah/Uma - yeah, I was taken by the color combo and the unique style too! surely has an appeal, right?:)

glamah16 said...

I like the concept of making you aware of what your consuming, but give me my old fashioned cluttered kitchen with some upgrades.

katiez said...

Wow! The concept of green is good.
But all the prepackaged food? Maybe when I'm on my way to Jupiter....

Julia said...

I like the design! the guys need to be given credit for going for a cool yet green theme; but as you said yourself, it's not very practical in day-to-day lives:)

nice article though! thanks for sharing:)

~Julia

Swati: Sugarcraft India said...

Very revolutionary I must say..
But agree that cooking everyday in such a kitchen..naah!!!

Gaurav said...

This looks cool...very innovative. I dont mind having one of these.

nicisme said...

I can't make up my mind about this one. It would be great for students.

Purnima said...

Thanks for sharing this!I first thought its a medical equipment, :D!!

Mansi Desai said...

Thanks for sharing your views ppl; Purnima, medical table!! that was most hilarious:)

yeah, as I said, it'll take soome time to warm up to such innovations, especially things like a kitchen where you'd spend 40% of your time! but maybe they'll listen to our views and improve the design:)D

chow vegan said...

Wow, that's really cool! Very innovative, I would love to see some of those ideas put to use in today's kitchens. Thanks for posting it!

arundati said...

that was a good read!! but umm...looks like an operating table in a hospital.....me no like it....but i guess the concept is what counts....

Jayashree said...

I can't see myself cooking in a kitchen like that, EVER.....I mean, the concept is probably nice and all that...but there's no warmth in it....or comfort.

Mansi Desai said...

Its great to see such mixed reactions from all of you:) but I guess here's the gist: everyone loves the theme, but can't connect with it for everyday lifestyle, and that's precisely what I wrote int he article:)D