As the average Canadian kitchen gets smaller, there comes a greater need for more small space innovation, such as stations and appliances that allow multiple tasks to be performed. This is essential because even with homes home cooking and cocooning in the home means that the demand for high performance may be at an all-time high.
This demand for high performance in smaller spaces means that kitchen specialists have had to consider integration and innovation when planning our future kitchens. Here is how two integral pieces of your kitchen may be changing in the near future.
Say so long to the kitchen sink
What if we were to tell you that future kitchen will probably be saying farewell to the kitchen sink? Impossible right? Of course, kitchen sinks are not actually going anywhere, but, there is a good chance that they’re going to look a little bit different in many Canadian homes in the near future.
What’s the big change? Sink stations! Say so long to the standard sink and faucet combo, and hello to a more efficient, full-service prep system. Sink stations take the sink and faucet combo and marry it to a wide range of integrated, work space essentials. This can include colanders, cutting boards, sinks of different levels, and knife storage.
Right now, most sink systems are a collection of add-on accessories that fit snugly into the sink bowl. However, some manufacturers are taking add-ons like storage buckets, knife blocks and colanders and integrating them into the sink’s design. The Franke Chef Center is one of the most notable makers of this highly useful kitchen innovation.
This Fridge is Hot!
In 1965, Frigidaire revolutionized the way we use home appliances by making the first refrigerator with an ice maker in the door. Years later, most of us couldn’t live without this simple, yet essential integration. Fast forward to the present and you’ll be amazed to learn that GE has stepped up to the plate, by adding life’s second most essential beverage to your refrigerator door. That’s right, coffee!
GE’s new Café Series refrigerators place a Keurig K-Cup Brewing System in the door of the refrigerator. The system uses a hot water dispenser and four pre-programmed settings.
Range Free Cooking
Multicookers are counter top appliances that can perform a number of different cooking tasks. These tasks can include, frying, baking, broiling, and slow cooking, along with presets for things like soups, risotto, oatmeal, and yogurt.
What this means is that in some households, these multicookers, like the Philips Avance Collection Multicooker pictured above, could actually replace the need for a full-size range. This makes them an essential appliance for anyone interested in downsizing their living space.