Arana was one of 11 emerging designers representing five countries selected to exhibit at the show through ICFF and Bernhardt Design’s annual ICFF Studio competition.

The Madrid-based designer said she got the idea for the Gali from her own experiences living in a small space, as well as from researching people’s daily food preparation and consumption rituals.

“I live alone in a very small apartment but my kitchen is huge, and I’m always thinking why is there was so much space wasted in something I don’t use so much?” she told us. “And I did research and realized that the kitchen hasn’t changed a lot since the first kitchens designed after the first World War, so now I think it’s time for a change.”

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The micro-kitchen unit looks a bit like a dresser when it’s fully closed and houses modules that can be pulled out when the kitchen is “activated.” A sink, a stove, a refrigerator, a microwave or toaster, a trash can, a countertop and storage are all enclosed inside of a structure that can be collapsed down to occupy less than nine square feet.

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Arana estimates that her prototype cost about 2,500 euros to make. The designer says that she is currently seeking a partner that can help her manufacture the system and bring it to the market.

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