There are plenty of definitions in the KBB market for the term ‘Smart kitchen’, and with the evolution of Smart phones and other ‘smart’ devices, the boundaries seem to have become somewhat blurred.
A SMART kitchen as we know it is a kitchen that has been well designed to suit the specific needs of the end user. This involves understanding the client brief in detail, and visualising how the kitchen will be used on a day-to-day basis. This then allows zone planning, and the careful placement of appliances and work areas.
It encompasses how the kitchen will be used by the entire household, whether it’s a family home or a retired couple, a Smart kitchen is something that facilitates the needs of each individual in some way to ensure it is a pleasant environment for them to occupy
The classic triangle that we often see is the starting point for a Smart kitchen. This principle has been used for many years, and is still a well-trusted method for its efficient design. Many good kitchen designers will also incorporate lighting design, and storage design to name but a few, whilst also ensuring the kitchen area flows in a fluid manner into the rest of the home, ensuring a cohesive design is achieved.
But you have to question how long it will be until a Smart kitchen has to go that one step further and start to integrate some of the smart devices that consumers now use on a daily basis. For example, kitchens can now be controlled remotely in a bigger way than ever before. Smart technology is being released that allows kettles, cookers and lighting to be turned on and off using a smart phone, even sound systems and televisions can be set, programmed and controlled through these devices, so it goes without saying that Smart kitchens will be getting a lot smarter in the not so distant future.
Whilst there are limited products on the market at this moment in time, we don’t think the day this innovation becomes commonplace will be too far away, and we’re excited to see what changes this creates. One thing for sure is that Smart phones are here to say, and as long as they continue to help make consumers lives easier and more enjoyable, they’ll start to play a bigger part in all aspects of the home.