Design Elements in the Kitchen of the Future

Spaces are shrinking. The once-enamoured 4-bedroom brownstone with a fenced-in yard has transformed into a Marie Kondo, minimalist, 500 sq. foot paradise. We are deliberately removing excess and distraction from our spaces. We want to create intentional spaces with less clutter, less stuff.

Technology and product development have shifted in the same direction. With each iteration of product development and its release, we are continuously striving to do more with less, both through its function and aesthetic. Turin-based company, Adriano Design, has done just that. They developed new product concepts for Fabita and they’ve shown up where you’d least expect it: the kitchen.

Kitchens often pose a huge challenge for the average minimalist.

How can someone possibly balance utility with aesthetics?

Through induction cooktop technology, Fabita is changing the way we think about the kitchen by moving away from the inflexible orientation of a traditional cooktop. Adriano Design has scrapped the concept of a permanent stove-top in a small space and has instead mounted two minimalist burners on the wall. Once you’re finished with the burner, you can hang it on the wall, clearing up surface area in the space.

Tried and true principles from interaction and experience design have been integrated into the early stages of the design process for heating and induction technology, ultimately reinventing the kitchen space.

  • Less is More. The goal of the less-is-more design principle is to reduce the operational or cognitive effort by the user. By simplifying the interactions and elements within an experience, the design usability improves.

  • Usability first. Since the overarching goal of UX is to enhance the experience by solving the users’ problems, it is far more important than the experience is simple and supportive than aesthetically pleasing — although Fabita has accomplished both incredibly well.

  • Use Common Design Elements. When it comes to minimalist design, the visual aesthetic of the product should be sleek, while still allowing users to interact with a design that feels familiar. Don’t reinvent new UI patterns. Instead, use common design elements (+ or — for heat increase or decrease) that look familiar and promote usability.

How can we know that we are on the right track to solving users’ problems and streamlining their experience?

By allowing real people to interact with the design through usability testing. While the designs that Adriano Design has released are conceptual, they are engaging users throughout their design process to ensure that the final product is both functional and aesthetically revealing.

Pictured below is the Cucinotta by Adriano Design. “A simple wooden structure supports an induction cooker top, a drawer (which can also be a fridge), and a hood that is easily transported and moved anywhere with a discreet red power cord as its only constraint.”

Into the future, we go

Fabita and Adriano Design’s product concepts are still just that, a design concept. Fabita is currently developing their designs for production with an aim to release the minimalist appliance line in the latter half of 2019.

One by one, industries are being turned on their head. From hospitality to hailing a cab, our generation is shifting the ideals that our predecessors put in place. As our ideal space to come home to each day begins to shrink, solutions begin cropping up. The aesthetic and user experience of the products that Adriano Design has created meets the needs of kitchen dwellers at any given moment.


text by @roxannevangemert

images by @adrianodesign

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