There's a Miniature Ocean Trapped Inside This Kitchen Island

Forget about wasting all that valuable space underneath a kitchen island by filling it with pots, pans, and other bakeware. Designer Robert Kolenik has a much better idea: turn it into a gigantic saltwater aquarium that seemingly doubles as the perfect place to toss food scraps. » 8/28/14 10:42am 8/28/14 10:42am

The All-American Expo That Invaded Cold War Russia

Over the course of six weeks during the height of the Cold War, almost three million Soviets visited an exhibition that celebrated America. American kitchens, American art, American cars, and most especially American capitalism. The American National Exhibition in Moscow was a full-court press to convince the Soviet… » 7/27/14 6:22pm 7/27/14 6:22pm

GE Designed a Compact Kitchen Just For Super-Tiny Apartments

Apartment sizers are getting smaller and smaller across the board. And lest the world's city-dwellers go without appliances, GE is working on a solution: Meet the Micro Kitchen, an innocuous-looking drawer that contains every appliance you could need. » 6/23/14 1:00pm 6/23/14 1:00pm

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

Other Kitchen Devices Can Harness Power from Your Microwave

When your microwave is sitting there glowing and spinning inside, do you ever wonder where all those stray rays of energy go? Turns out they usually just slip out the door, into thin air. But a Japanese scientists has found away to harness that power and use it to juice your other appliances. » 9/20/13 4:40pm 9/20/13 4:40pm

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 Thing

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

How to Clean Everything in Your Kitchen Using Stuff From Your Kitchen

Punxsutawney Phil has deigned us worthy of an early thaw so there's no use procrastinating on your spring cleaning—even if your kitchen is dirtier than a roadside truck stop Blimpie's. Here's how to make your kitchen sparkle using supplies that're already there (or at least should be). » 2/25/13 4:00pm 2/25/13 4:00pm

Is This a Gorgeous Range Hood Or a UFO Abduction Tube?

At some point over the past year appliance makers began a design war to see who could come up with the most innovative and original range hood designs. And with its new retractable Pareo hood, Italy's Faber has just made a strong push towards victory and bringing an end to that war of aesthetics. » 2/07/13 10:02am 2/07/13 10:02am

Space-Saving Gifts for People with Tiny Homes

The basic essentials for living under a roof with four adjacent walls are a constant. But it you live in a shoebox apartment, a dorm room, or a tiny studio, you have to make every little item count. Here are a handful of compact gifts that make a solid contribution to a happy home—and don't take up a whole lot of… » 11/22/12 2:00pm 11/22/12 2:00pm

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…

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

The 30,000-Pound Pizzeria on a Truck

The humble food truck has evolved from a greasy spoon on wheels into a purveyor of sushi, dumplings and over-the-top desserts. The truck's limits were pushed a step further by Jon Darsky—pro baseball scout turned pizza chef—with Del Popolo, a mobile, wood-burning brick pizza oven serving pies on the streets of San… » 6/27/12 3:40pm 6/27/12 3:40pm

Who Knew Kitchen Ventilation Was Worth Drooling Over?

Kitchen ventilation sounds like something totally boring, albeit necessary. But Gaggenau creates some really awesome solutions for keeping your cook space aired out that look modern and refined. » 4/30/12 7:40pm 4/30/12 7:40pm

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

A Modular Kitchen With Office Space Too

Imagine adding to this kitchen bit-by-bit as your cooking skills increase. Or as your home-office needs change, considering it looks like this Electrolux concept converges the kitchen and office to suit small flat-holders. » 4/19/11 3:40am 4/19/11 3:40am