Today's "Kitchen of 2063" Sounds a Lot Like Martha Stewart's '90s Dream

The high-end appliance company Miele recently commissioned an interesting study about the kitchen of the future. It projected that in 50 years our food will be 3D-printed, walls in our homes will grow food, and we'll even have mini-fish farms right in our kitchens. But you'd be forgiven for feeling like you've heard… » 10/17/13 2:06pm 10/17/13 2:06pm

Sometimes the Kitchen of the Future Was Having No Kitchen At All

The American kitchen has always been a battleground for competing visions of the future. But one of the most radical ideas for the kitchen of tomorrow wasn't some Space Age design with all the bells and whistles — it was actually having no kitchen at all. » 10/08/13 2:12pm 10/08/13 2:12pm

Asimov's 2014 Predictions Were Shockingly Conservative For 1964

In 1964, sci-fi legend Isaac Asimov penned a piece for the New York Times with his predictions for the world of 2014. Looking at the World's Fair of 50 years hence, Asimov imagined 3D TV, underground cities, and colonies on the moon. Many people online have hailed this as an incredible example of prescient thinking,… » 8/29/13 4:24pm 8/29/13 4:24pm

The 1940s Kitchen of Tomorrow Was Difficult to Parody

Pre-dehydrated food processor? Non-functional sinks installed purely for style? A streamlined... baby? When it comes to midcentury visions of tomorrow, sometimes it's hard to tell the spoofs from the earnest predictions. But what's even more interesting is why the parodies popped up in the first place. » 8/02/13 2:48pm 8/02/13 2:48pm

How We Imagined The Push-Button Kitchen Before Microwaves Existed

Through modern eyes, most American cuisine in the 1950s may not seem like the most appetizing stuff. There was an abundance of strange meats, way too much jello, and hot dogs in just about everything (and vice versa). Sometimes the combination of the three made for a fascinatingly grotesque display. But while some of… » 7/02/13 1:41pm 7/02/13 1:41pm

The Private Yacht of Kitchen Sinks Has Room For Weeks of Dirty Dishes

If you can't help but stare in awe whenever you get the chance to peek inside a professional kitchen at a restaurant, you'll be ecstatic to hear that KWC's Waterstation is actually designed for home use. Albeit a home with a very big kitchen and enough disposable income to afford a $15,000 sink, but it's nice to know… » 6/04/13 11:13am 6/04/13 11:13am

This Fully Loaded, Column of a Kitchen Is Actually Becoming a Real…

With populations growing and cities overcrowding, space-saving designs are amassing a huge, highly lucrative following. The only problem is that they often stay just that—designs. But after being unveiled at the recent Milan Furniture Fair, at least one innovative appliance is leaving concept land to become a reality:… » 4/17/13 5:40pm 4/17/13 5:40pm

Skillet Simulator: Perfect Your Sear Without the Smoke Alarm

If preparing a bowl of Ramen Noodles maxes out your culinary capabilities, you might want to consider a trip to the Tokyo Institute of Technology to enhance your skillset in the kitchen. Researchers there have developed a cooking simulator complete with virtual vegetables that can actually burn, and a force feedback… » 8/27/12 8:44am 8/27/12 8:44am

What's The One Gadget, Tool or Utensil You Absolutely Can't Live Without …

It's close to dinner time and I have food on the brain. This makes me wonder: for those of you who spend a lot of time in the kitchen (actually cooking food, that is), what is the most indispensable tool you own? Is it a simple utensil like a knife? Or is it something more gadgety, like a digital thermometer? Let's… » 7/30/12 6:40pm 7/30/12 6:40pm

I Wouldn't Mind Being Marooned On This Kitchen Island

This island has everything you could possibly want in a kitchen—save for a dishwasher. Oh, and a microwave. And I don't see a George Foreman grill there either. Ok, so it doesn't have every single cooking instrument you may need, but if you're limited on space but still want your kitchen to look like it's fallen from… » 5/05/11 5:20am 5/05/11 5:20am