Our latest DECO Lab section focusses on kitchen trends. We look at these hardworking and practical rooms as spaces of reinvention, for every style and budget. We show you the materials you should be using, give you ideas to give your kitchen personality, and show how to ‘trend responsibly’ by making environmentally friendly choices.
We also introduce you to Studio Gorm’s Flow2 kitchen.
Flow is a living kitchen where nature and technology are integrated in a symbiotic relationship, processes flow into one another in a natural cycle, efficiently utilizing energy, waste, water and other natural resources. it provides a space not only for preparing food but an environment that gives a better understanding of how natural processes work. a kitchen where food is grown, stored, cooked and composted to grow more food.
The flow products can be used independently but are far more effective when they work in concert as part of a larger system. the individual objects are relatively uncomplicated, acting as simple vehicles for the more com- plex natural processes to do the work. this kitchen is developed as a flexible system where resources are reused by several elements creating a dynamic flow between the products.
Up to 40% of household waste can be composted. The integrated cutting board can be slid forward allowing scraps to be swept into the composting bin. Kitchen scraps, newspaper, junk mail and paper scraps can be added to the vermicomposter. Worms breakdown food and turn it into worm castings, a nutrient rich fertilizer (about 2 weeks start to finish). By pulling the handle finished castings are sifted into the collection tray where they can be dried out until needed. The fertilizer can be used in the herb boxes, added to houseplants or the garden.
The refrigerator is one of the largest consumers of electricity in the home. The majority of the items we refrigerate do not need to be kept as cold as a standard fridge temperatures. The evaporative cooling fridge box keeps food cool through evapo-transpiration. The space between the double walls is filled with water which slowly seeps through the outer wall and evaporates, causing the inside temperature to cool. It is deal for storing vegetables, fruit, eggs, cheese and butter. The evaporative cooling fridge reduces the need for a larger conventional fridge.
Photographs are by Wonhee Jeong and John Arndt.