COLLAGE ‘the kitchen demystified’
“What should we have for dinner?” is one of the most challenging and anxiety provoking questions of today. In a society where appreciation for eating rituals and common knowledge about food have been almost lost, a new look at layout, space and functions of kitchens is needed to demystify and dedramatize the dogmatic image people have of cooking so they can rediscover the fun in the kitchen.
During my Master Project I was dedicated to investigate how we consume food today. With the background of literature, user observations and interviews I was able to form a holistic approach and create concepts that are inspired by real insights and behaviours from a functional, physical, social and cultural viewpoint.
My aim was to visualize that the equipping of a kitchen could be thought of as a process of collage making, just like decorating the rest of the home. The composition should change and grow with peoples’ shifting situations and desires.
Instead of alienating the user with its size and orderliness, Collage the kitchen demystified encourages a flexible, unprompted and relaxed approach to the subject of cooking. It includes products for storage, preparation, cooking and cleaning so people will be able to compose their kitchen spontaneously by placing the parts inside, outside, against a wall or free in space. The design allows for secondary usage, parts can be exchanged or restored and the setup is rearrangable: No matter whether your cooking mood changes or you move to another place, the kitchen will go along.
COLLAGE is a kitchen made from an assemblage of different forms and functions, thus creating a new hole.