Ikea cooks up kitchen of the future

JAMIE OLIVERwill appear by hologram to help select vegetables from an organic allotment and rustle up the perfectly balanced healthy meal.

While surfaces self-clean, the lights will dim to effect the perfect atmosphere for a romantic dinner enriched by tasteless vitamins.

This is not a scene from an upcoming Star Trek movie, but what Swedish design icon Ikea believes will be the norm in households in 30 years’ time.

Releasing a report the company commissioned from Future Laboratory into what the kitchen of 2040 will be like, head of kitchen design for Ikea Dublin, Jill O’Reilly, painted a picture of environmental and social harmony.

“In this world of the future, the kitchen will be a thoughtful, considerate friend, steering between being the health hub of the home, a cultural and social structure cradling human connection, and a technological yet animate force making life easier, cleaner, sustainable and enjoyable.”

Ms O’Reilly added: “Today’s society of abundance will be a thing of the past as resources are rationed, technologies are streamlined into day-to-day living, and health and wellness take centre stage.”

The research drew up three themes for the future kitchen.

Firstly, the “Back to Nature” kitchen; inspired by the “grow-your-own movement” it will be made from natural materials and focus on the production of organic and natural food.

A second type will be the “Smart” kitchen, that will be “caring for its inhabitants.” Here smart technology appliances will communicate with each other and hologram celebrity chefs will inspire recipes.

Lastly, there is the “Emotionally Intelligent” kitchen, focused on enhancing “the mind, body and spirit of people” and where light projects will be programmed into the walls “to respond to inhabitant’s moods”.

The report however does not answer perhaps the biggest questions; will the future kitchen still come in flat pack and how will the Republic’s prices compare with those up north?

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