kitchen ecology by designboom
jul 03, 2009
kitchen ecology by designboom


kitchen ecology exhibition, graphic illustration design by designboom

from the humble fireplace to electrical oven cooktops, kitchens have evolved over time to become
much more than simply an area for cooking. nowadays it is a place for eating and socializing
- an integral part of our daily lifestyle. as the new hub of the modern home, we expect more
from our kitchen – convenience, comfort, cleanliness, the latest technology – while simultaneously
demanding less – less energy consumption, water usage, and waste.

it’s a delicate balance, and one that is in a constant state of development.
it’s now time for a kitchen strategy session, making it the ideal place to
reduce our environmental impact. just like with any recipe, we need to modify our habits and
experiment with new (and old) ingredients and methods to be successful.

this curated group show expresses subjects and details of our kitchen environment by analyzing the
ongoing conflict of ecology and consumerism. it features works from well known designers and the
freshest young and upcoming international talents, exploring ways to tweak the basic ingredients to
produce the most eco-friendly, energy efficient models possible.


a view of the kitchen ecology exhibition, curated by designboom

soil-powered biological clock by marieke staps
dutch designer marieke staps‘ designed this clock which
works with copper and zinc electrodes that plug into the soil. the soil functions as an
electrolyte, through which the electrical charge can flow. the natural metabolism of
biological life produces enough electricity to keep the clock working.
of course, one has to remember to water the plants in order for the clock to keep working.
(motto: keep the plant alive and time continues).


panel of the soil lamp by marieke staps

marieke staps uses conductive plates made from copper and zinc buried within the soil
to provide constant and (nearly) eternal light for a LED bulb


‘grow I’ by SMIT / samuel and teresita cochran

a hybrid-energy delivery device and modular system of photovoltaic panels that works
with solar and wind power

‘grow I’ is modular and is made up of sheets of 5 leaves each, a strip is capable of generating
85 watts of solar power.


‘grow II’ by SMIT / samuel and teresita cochran

this modular system of photovoltaic panels works with solar and wind power,
designed to enable crawling plants to grow up the facades of buildings.


‘solar ivy’ panel in the kitchen ecology exhibition

US designers samuel and teresita cochran founded the sustainably minded interactive technology
office SMIT. the cochran’s are a brother-and-sister-team and have created the
‘grow I and II’ and the ‘solar ivy’ devices. all devices are still in concept phase and the team is
collecting funding to put them in production, planned for 2011.

‘wattcher’ panel in the exhibition

wattcher helps you save energy. when you switch on an electrical appliance it will
display that extra power consumption and gives you insight into your energy behavior.

‘wattcher’ designed by marcel wanders and produced by innovaders
consists of a sensor, a sending unit and a display. the sensor can be placed on any electricity meter
(analog meters with a turning wheel, digital meters with LED pulse and smart meters).
the sensor is connected to the sending unit. Both are placed in the meter closet. the sending unit sends a
radio signal to the display unit, which can be placed in any (euro standard) electricity socket.
wattcher can be self installed by the consumer.

wattcher shows the current power consumption (how much watt is being used at this moment);
the daily energy consumption (the total electricity consumption of the last 24 hours);
and the target energy consumption (how is your daily consumption compared with your own target -
are you really saving energy). soon available with international standards.


a view into the exhibition


gas basket by junktion

bowls made from cut gas cylinders with rubber edging by the israeli design team junktion


sam graw of dwell and birgit lohmann of designboom

dwell magazine invited designboom to curate the kitchen ecology exhibition for the
second edition of dwell on design in los angeles, june 26 -28, 2009.

more from the ‘kitchen ecology: recipes for good design’ exhibition still to come …

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