Fifty Fifty Kitchen Concept

Fifty Fifty Room Divider Storage |KitchAnn Style
I came across this interesting room divider, called Fifty Fifty from Florida, an Italian manufacturer. This creative collection of kitchen components and furniture centers on a bookcase room divider with a dining table that slides to create seating or extra work space in the kitchen.

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The table comes in incremental sizes from  162 to 272 cm in length or about 63.75″ to 107″. When not in use, the kitchen extension can be retracted and you can’t even tell it’s there.

Movable Kitchen Furniture |KitchAnn Style

Fifty Fifty Kitchen Furniture |KitchAnn Style

Versatility is very important in kitchen design. The freedom to adapt our surroundings based on the task at hand makes living easier and isn’t that what everyone wants?

Fifty Fifty Room Divider Furniture |KitchAnn Style

Fifty Fifty Room Divider Storage |KitchAnn Style

How do you like this concept? Would you prefer this to an open plan concept with a large island with seating?


Google Cooktop

At first glance, I thought the Google Cooktop was an appliance. It’s not, it’s a smart countertop concept for the kitchen.

Created by designer Sarah R. L. Johnson, the Google Cooktop is an interactive screen embedded in your countertop. The Cooktop can either be connected wirelessly to the users’ computer or to the Google Cooking App on the users’ iPhone to access a catalog of the ingredients the user has in their home. The Cooktop can then suggest a recipe or the user can search the internet for a recipe of their choice.

If you know your dinner guests really well (or they are willing to share very personal information with you), The user can then select the profiles of the people who will be attending dinner. These profiles are connected to an application called Google Cal Band which allows the Cooktop to these people’s access daily fitness routines and diet preferences and suggest meal type and appropriate portion size for each person thus reducing the chance for food waste.

The selected recipe is displayed on the countertop surface. As the user compiles their ingredients and sets them on the surface of the Cooktop, the device measures the size of each ingredient as it is set down. Ingredients are then “weighed” by the Cooktop and visually cut down into suitable portions. When a particular item weighs too much, it is blocked out in red so the user can cut it down into a smaller piece.

As the user begins to cook, they can check which step they are currently on and the Cooktop can then highlight which ingredient are needed for that step. The Cooktop also prompts the user by suggesting tips for the recipe and ensures that each meal is cooked to perfection.

This could be a great solution if you tend to accidentally leave out ingredients. I am sure the Cooktop would not know what to do with too many substitutions of ingredients. It would probably react the way GPS units do and tell you to do a U-turn in your cooking steps.

Rockin’ Kitchen

large carrara kitchen islandThe island in this luxurious house made me pause it is so spectacular.

A massive chunk of Carrara Marble was flat polished on top; a natural sink was carved out with an access door for the plumbing.  The flush butcher block makes this piece of art a practical work space.

Often, thinking outside the box produces spectacular results.

Located in Kuala Lampur, this 32,000-square-foot residence and reception suites for three generations of a prominent Chinese-Malaysian family was created by Parisian interior and product designer Patrick Jouin and partner Sanjit Manku, a Kenyan-born Canadian architect.

This residence is the ultimate expression of the style, influence and industrial-scale capabilities of the prominent Chinese-Malaysian family whose entrepreneurial activities have shaped Kuala Lumpur’s skyline.

Via The Cool Hunter

Note: Jouin recently split his firm into two entities: Agence Jouin Manku, overseeing interiors and architecture commissions, and Patrick Jouin ID, focused on industrial design.


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island fabrication    YLT floor plan

Electrolux Icon Kitchen Contest Winner Named

Electrolux named Marcello Zuffo as the Grand Prize Winner with his futuristic kitchen entry. The conceptual kitchen has movable components that can be reconfigured to adapt to the task at hand and is a sculptural component to a typically rectangular space.

“As a city dweller myself, I congratulate Marcello for addressing lack of space with a completely unique concept,” said Cindy Allen, judge and editor-in-chief of Interior Design Magazine. “The jury especially loved the ‘knuckle,’ which swivels, and allows the kitchen to serve utilitarian and sculptural purposes simultaneously.”

In its second year, the design competition, challenged members of the architect and design community to present innovative, thoughtful concepts for a kitchen that meets the changing needs of today’s modern family. 

Marcello is a Senior Designer at Motorola’s Consumer Experience Design Group (CXD)

Congrats Marcello!

Electrolux Icon 2008 Competition