IKEA opened a temporary shop to explore the future in sustainable kitchen concepts at the Salone Internazionale del Mobile 2015. Located in Via Vigevano 18, the concept kitchen captures the brand’s passion for making domestic living as easy, design conscious, and environmentally conscious as possible. The exhibit will stay up for the Milan 2015 Expo and highlight IKEA’s new focus on sustainably designing around food.
IKEA’s new slogan “There is so much more to food than food” is the fundamental concept behind the brand’s ingenious designs at their temporary shop. The exhibit’s sustainable approach towards food preparation and enjoyment was inspired by the upcoming 2015 Expo’s theme “Feeding the planet, energy for life.” The IKEA shop design emulates the warmth, activities, and feel of kitchens, but also has added elements to encourage people to respect the environment and adopt a sustainable lifestyle.
For this special temporary exhibit, IKEA asked several designers to reinterpret their new kitchen collection METOD and follow the theme “total kitchen freedom” to maximize the variety of mindful designs. Artist Matali Crasset’s approach to the kitchen focused on enabling people to use the kitchen as a recreational space. The kitchen design revolves around a central colorful playground for children. Cooks can also pick their ingredients in the greenhouse next to the cabinets.
Thomas Sandell worked with Studio Irvine to develop a brilliant sustainable kitchen solution for the standing or sitting chef. With a clean and elegant aesthetic defined by oak cabinets and marble counter-tops, this space offers freedom to people of all abilities to convene and participate in the kitchen.
Research projects by students from Ingvar Kamprad Design Centre at Lund University and Eidhoven University of Technology collaborated with design firm IDEO to create Concept Kitchen 2025, a dedicated corner at the temporary space. The corner includes appliances to help people with their cooking habits and includes pieces like self refrigerating containers and tables that interact with food by suggesting recipes and cooking techniques.
IKEA also presented several innovative new furniture collections that will soon hit the market. The VARV floor table lamp and MIKA desk, for instance, are part of a line that can wirelessly recharge your electronics and will be available this spring. The SINNERLIG collection of cork furniture by British designer Ilse Crawford will also be available in store from Summer 2015. Other outstanding pieces include the tables, benches and stools made out of cork, a low-cost and waste-free material.