Friday, June 4, 2004

The kitchen (of the future)

The Honeywell Kitchen Computer (1969) "If she can only cook as well as Honeywell can compute." It cost $10 000, took two weeks to learn how to use, and would balance your chequebook as well as plan the meals. Sweet!


The Dutch Kitchen of the Future

MIT Media Lab's Kitchen of the Future

Microsoft's Kitchen of the Future

Salton's Kitchen of the Future

Philips Design Kitchen of the Future


The Kitchen of the Future "The people of the kitchen began to believe that the kitchen was so good that the whole house should be one big kitchen" by Joe Thompson


The Practice of Everyday Life Volume 2: Living and Cooking by Michel de Certeau, Luce Giard, and Pierre Mayol


Designing technology for domestic spaces: A Kitchen Manifesto (pdf) by Genevieve Bell and Joseph Kaye

Glass Bottom Boat is one of those Hollywood movies: ditzy blonde disrupts the orderly life of rational scientist. Bruce Templeton, a NASA physicist played by Rod Taylor, has designed himself the perfect home, equipped with laborsaving devices. His kitchen is a showpiece of streamlined functionality. Cooking becomes just another task, one that can be controlled and contained. The kitchen—automated with appliances popping out of counter tops and selfcleaning dishes and floors—confounds Doris Day’s character and renders her "feminine" skills obsolete; she is compelled to declare that there is no place for her in this kitchen of the future. Her declaration that "this kitchen doesn’t need a woman" captures a central theme of this paper. In creating technology for the home, in particular for the kitchen, technologists have forgotten that these domestic spaces are inhabited and used by people. These spaces function not as sites for technologists’ or technological in(ter)vention, but as sites where meaning is produced, as well as meals. These spaces are the places where we dwell.

(Thanks Simon!)

Another update

From the ever-awesome Prelinger Archives:

Design for Dreaming - Set at the 1956 General Motors Motorama, this is one of the key Populuxe films of the 1950s, showing futuristic dream cars and Frigidaire's "Kitchen of the Future."

(Thanks Peter!)

See also:

Practical Dreamer - A fantasy of kitchen planning and modernization, 1957.

Step-Saving Kitchen - Demonstrating a U-shaped kitchen developed by the housing staff of the Bureau of Human Nutrition and Home Economics, 1949.


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