Flow Kitchen Minimizes Waste, Maximizes Sustainability

by , 08/18/09
filed under: Design, Green Kitchen

Flow Kitchen 2 by Studio Gorm

Oregon-based Studio Gorm has created a complete kitchen in which energy is conserved and cooking waste is recycled and used to grow plants. Dubbed the flow kitchen, the design successfully integrates nature and technology into a system where drying dishes helps water plants and composting food waste helps to fertilize them.

Flow Kitchen 2 by Studio Gorm

Efficiently utilizing energy, waste, water, and other natural resources, John Arndt and Wonhee Jeong’s flow kitchen incorporates all the functions of a typical kitchen so that processes flow into one another in a natural cycle. Drying dishes hanging from a vertical storage rack drip onto herbs and edible plants, which are grown in carefully positioned containers below. A double-walled terracotta container acts as a refrigerator, keeping the inside cool as water evaporates through the outer wall, while food scraps are broken down by worms in a composter and the resulting fertilizer is used in the herb boxes to grow more food.

The kitchen also features storage jars made from unglazed earthenware with beech wood lids, a dish and utensil drawer to store plates, bowls, cups, and cutlery, a bag rack to hold produce, and a gas stovetop. The living kitchen is currently on view as part of an exhibition titled Call + Response at the Museum of Contemporary Craft in Oregon through October 31.

+ Studio Gorm

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  1. dwhall February 9, 2010 at 12:56 pm

    Here’s a similar concept (a kitchen that helps re-use), but this one uses more materials:

  2. Rebecca Barnes August 21, 2009 at 11:24 am

    What a terrific alternative to pricey, natural stone, stainless steel, hooded, ostentatious “Outdoor Kitchens” I feel like getting that herb garden started immediately….even better yet…a “Community Outdoor Kitchen”

  3. Thrivan August 18, 2009 at 5:24 pm

    The title (Flow Kitchen Minimizes Waste, Maximizes Sustainability) pulled me in but the design is ugly. Hopefully someone uses this as encouragement, or a starting point, for a good-looking and economical version. Done right and priced right, I’d buy it over the conventional setup.

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