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Flow Kitchen Minimizes Waste, Maximizes Sustainability

Posted By Danielle Rago On August 18, 2009 @ 4:00 pm In Design,Green Kitchen | 3 Comments

Flow Kitchen 2 by Studio Gorm [1]

Oregon-based Studio Gorm [2] has created a complete kitchen in which energy is conserved and cooking waste is recycled and used to grow plants. Dubbed the flow kitchen [3], the design successfully integrates nature and technology into a system where drying dishes helps water plants and composting food waste [4] helps to fertilize them.

Flow Kitchen 2 by Studio Gorm [5]

Efficiently utilizing energy, waste [6], water [7], and other natural resources, John Arndt and Wonhee Jeong’s flow kitchen [3] 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 [8], 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 [9] and the resulting fertilizer is used in the herb boxes to grow more food.

The kitchen [3] 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 [10] at the Museum of Contemporary Craft [11] in Oregon through October 31.

+ Studio Gorm [12]

Via Dezeen [13]

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[1] Image: http://www.inhabitat.com/2009/08/18/flow-kitchen-minimizes-waste-maximizes-sustainability/flow-kitchen-new2/

[2] Studio Gorm: http://www.studiogorm.com/

[3] flow kitchen: http://www.studiogorm.com/flow_kitchen.html

[4] food waste: http://www.inhabitat.com/2009/06/24/san-francisco-mandates-recycling-composting/

[5] Image: http://www.inhabitat.com/2009/08/18/flow-kitchen-minimizes-waste-maximizes-sustainability/flowkitchen-new1/

[6] waste: http://www.inhabitat.com/2009/04/07/worm-factory-compact-composting-kits/

[7] water: http://www.inhabitat.com/water/

[8] herbs and edible plants: http://www.inhabitat.com/2009/04/07/a-starter-guide-to-urban-gardening/

[9] composter: http://www.inhabitat.com/2009/05/18/bring-composting-to-your-countertop-with-the-jarst-planter/

[10] Call + Response: http://www.museumofcontemporarycraft.org/call/index.html

[11] Museum of Contemporary Craft: http://www.museumofcontemporarycraft.org/

[12] + Studio Gorm: http://www.studiogorm.com/index.html

[13] Dezeen: http://www.dezeen.com/2009/08/11/flow2-kitchen-by-studio-gorm/

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