Amazing ‘Living Kitchen’ conceptual design
Nominated for the Imagina Awards 2010 for “Best Design and Communication”, this Kitchen concept by french product designer Michaël Harboun showcases a number of technologies that are gradually becoming part of everday life, and not (as they were ten years ago) science fiction.
Claytronics is a nano-technology currently being researched by intelligent fellows at Carnegie Mellon University that allows programmed paths to become dynamic objects that flex out and fold right back into their space as needed.
Harboun has combined some of the gesture and multi-touch technology we’ve seen recently on devices such as the iPhone with Claytronics to create a truly ‘living’ kitchen space that adapts to the environment in a completely unique way.
Drawing a line on the wall is enough to bring out a work surface.
Once the depth has been decided upon, the width of the shelf unit can be changed at any time by stretching the volume horizontally.
All cutting forms can be depicted on the surface using touch. These forms are then recorded and can be invoked at will.
We then place the vegetable whilst keeping hand over the table.
Thin slices then rise to surface and divide the vegetable. The speed of the blades will decrease gradually at the approach of the hand.
The work surface being malleable means it can be distorted for different functions.
The first part of the cavity serves as a container for condiments. The diameter and depth can be modified by stretching the volume.
In the second phase the depth of the container is lowered to serve as a base for serving.
The material being capable of healing it will fill the holes and merge with its matter if the plate is returned to its original place.