These are the ideas, inspirations, and high-tech products that will change the way we cook, what we eat, and even how we hang out in the heart of the home.
Ovens are beginning to think for themselves. In early 2017, Wi-Fi-enabled ovens will link with Innit technology to vary the temperature and cooking mode based on any given recipe. Just select the dish you're preparing, how you want it cooked and what type of pan you're using, and the device will know to turn on the convection or blast the broiler, taking the hovering out of roasting the perfect chicken.
Another virtual assistant, out in January, is 's suction-mount camera. The device sends photos from inside your fridge to your phone, so you know what you need when you're at the supermarket. Smarter is also developing a sensor mat you can place in your refrigerator or cupboard to alert you when staples are running low.
Now that 3D printers are used to create everything from sculptural dresses to customized cars, it's no wonder they're also enhancing meals — and taking the burden of Instagrammable perfection off the chef. Tech savvy cooks are turning to Cambridge, England's Dovetailed and its , a 3D printer that can turn any liquid into a solid, caviar-style flavor burst. The appliance essentially concentrates flavors from fluid foods such as chicken broth, pomegranate juice, or even Cabernet Sauvignon, so they can be used to enhance everything from cocktails to sushi.
The Foodini, out now from Barcelona-based , can print dough in any shape or form, whether it's delicate butterfly-shaped sugar cookies or breadsticks that look like teaspoons.
"It seems that everyone in Europe is using induction cooktops," says designer Young Huh. "They're sleek and efficient, and they have no emissions." Next year, will introduce its Flex induction cooktop, which has cooking zones that adjust to the size of your pan, as well as sensors that automatically thwart a boil-over.
Later this year, will debut a hidden induction cooktop that mounts underneath Dekton counters made by . It's so streamlined that it practically disappears when it's turned off.
Kitchen materials aren't just becoming more practical — they're also upping the ante in style. Diesel Living with is creating ceramic tiles for backsplashes that might be mistaken for industrial glass, as well as tiles for floors and walls that replicate the corroded wear of stair treads.
XGloss Solids large-slab countertops are manufactured to be as sleek as a lacquered jewel box but resilient enough to withstand scorching and knife scratches.
sintered stone slabs — touted for their nonporous, bacteria-resistant qualities — now come in a sandblasted finish ideal for outdoor kitchens.
's quartz surfaces in nine new colorways have veining that looks nearly identical to marble, yet they retain quartz's durability and resistance to stains.
It may be the effect of the "I want it all" millennial generation, but kitchen built-ins and islands are becoming veritable transformers, adapting to our needs by expanding, contracting, and even hiding away completely. minimalist stone-slab island has a countertop that glides open to reveal a sink and cooktop of your choice. Close it up when you're done, and the island resembles a structure worthy of the sculpture garden at MoMA.
Ernestomeda's Evolution pull-out peninsula can be extended 40 inches to accommodate dinner guests and returned at the end of the night just as quickly. Its salvaged-wood surface is made from former railcar sleepers.
Thanks to a new high-tech process, Steelia stainless-steel island is now available in champagne, black, or bronze finishes. It also features a tempered-glass ventilation hood that emerges and retracts at the touch of a button.
Coming at the end of next year, Wardrobe tall-cabinet system has storage options and LED-lit interiors that hide not only the toaster and coffeemaker, but even major appliances like the oven. Door panels can also be customized to coordinate with your kitchen decor.
Why cook with fire when you can cook with steam? It's considered one of the best ways to both retain vitamins and seal in flavors. "Steam ovens are popular with couples and small families because they're so fast," says Chicago designer Mick de Giulio. Often, they take up only as much room as a microwave. recently created the world's first steam oven that also has a sous vide function and automatic self-cleaning wizardry that leaves it looking brand new after each use.
30" Convection Steam Oven has six functions (including steam and convection), and it installs to fit flush against your existing cabinetry.
Home cooks who want a steam option while retaining a multitude of other cooking methods should consider the Pro Grand range — now 60" wide, it incorporates a standard 36" convection oven, a convection-and-steam oven, a griddle, a warming drawer and six of the company's powerful, trademark star-shaped gas burners.
The humble pantry is back, larger, more organized, and more impressive than ever. The trend may have reached critical mass in 2015, when Khloé Kardashian posted a video tour of her obsessively orderly cupboard that--with apologies to Kim-- nearly broke the internet. California Closets has experienced a huge surge in requests for bespoke, hyper-organized pantries incorporating stone, marble, bronze hardware, and accent lighting. It has even crafted a 150-square-foot "super pantry" with room for a wine fridge and a hidden expresso machine. If you don't have that much space, firms such as Cesar, Poggenpohl, and Scavolini have devised ingenious systems for their kitchens that resemble vertical "drawers," which slide out and pivot to provide easy access to rows of artfully arrayed goods.
Farm-to-table becomes wall-to-table, as even devout urbanites begin to cultivate herbs and heirloom tomatoes right in their own kitchens, no terrace necessary. GrowBox drawers from Rome-based BioPic stimulate photosynthesis with LEDs and include nutrient-dense soil that's been tailor-made to help sunless plants thrive. And some systems forgo dirt altogether: The soil-free SproutsIO, developed by MIT Media Lab grad Jennifer Boutin Farah, grows produce in plug-in countertop pods that require only 2 percent of the water typically used on conventional farms. No green thumb needed: Water misting and lighting is automated, and there's even an app that alerts you when homegrown crops are ready for harvest.