kb-network    Feature 01 Jun 2017

Solar power and gizmos…find out what Silestone Institute’s study reveals about the future!

The Silestone Institute, part of the Cosentino Group, has revealed the findings of its recent study, titled ‘Global Kitchen: the home kitchen in the era of globalisation’.

The report, detailing what the kitchen of the future will look like, has been formed with the help of 17 distinguished experts from the world of design, cooking, domestic technology, sociology, nutrition, and sustainability.

So what exactly did the report say?…

– The kitchen will be a hyper-connected, multi-functional space for work, leisure, health and relaxation.

– It will incorporate techniques and smart devices normally found in professional kitchens such as vacuum cooking and packaging.

– It will further cement its role as the ‘centre of the home’; the largest and most invested room in the house.


– The kitchen will develop into a multi-functional space in all countries and is expected to disappear as an independent room.

– Its design will not only take aesthetics and function into account but also emotional value. It will strengthen its use as a space for relaxing and well-being.

– Connectivity and smart appliances will be managed from mobile and wearable devices and will not only make shopping and laundry easier, but also ensure endless access to information from the Internet.

– The worktops will be able to cook, make calls, broadcast TV or provide access to the internet.  They will be height adjustable, contain recipe databases where chefs will guide the user through the method, ingredient information and be able to weigh food.

– The refrigerator will offer permanent access to nutritional information on screens.

– They will be sustainable, with appliances solar powered and will be aligned with ‘Multi- R’ thinking – Rethink, Redesign, Repair, Reuse, Remanufacture, Recover.

– Intelligent lighting will be variable to match the time of day, mood or the type of food being cooked.


In addition to the report, 842 kitchen professionals from eight countries took part in a survey to supplement Silestone’s Global Kitchen Report. The report assessed the evolution of kitchen space in terms of use, design, and equipment, but also took into account the respondents’ proximity and direct contact with the end user, including their knowledge of the sector.


Highlights from the additional survey’s results stated…


– 87% of respondents said that the kitchen would become more relevant as an activity and meeting place in the house (In many countries, the kitchen is a separate room).

– 81.5% said that it will be a single space combining dining and living rooms.

– 92.3% said it will be used to get together with family, to work and do homework (60.9%) and surf the internet (62.4%).

– 43.1% expect cooking will be directly on the work surface.

– 41.7% predict that the work surface will integrate a control panel for appliances with access to the internet and device connection.

– 25.3% imagine the work surface will incorporate weighing scales and nutritional analysis.

– Australia and Brazil agree that the new cooking methods will be the most important development, while the UK and Italy prefer smart appliances. In contrast, Spain and the US value connectivity above all.


Commenting on the project’s aim, marketing vice president for the Cosentino Group, Santiago Alfonso stated “Global Kitchen is an international project providing valuable insights into the kitchen of the future and aims to become an essential reference tool for professionals and consumers.


“It creates the opportunity for multidisciplinary reflection to analyse the effect of globalisation on kitchen architecture and design, to determine how this space will develop over the next 25 years.”


The Cosentino Group | cosentino.com