The Future of the Kitchen, According to IKEA

"Food as design" was one of the big trends spotted at Milan Design Week  and furniture retailer Ikea dedicated a whole exhibit to Concept Kitchen 2025, a deep exploration of how the kitchen will change in the next decade. The project, a collaboration with design innovation firm Ideo and students from Lund University and the Eindhoven University of Technology, stems from a set of basic assumptions about the world in 2025.  "Our homes will become physically smaller, 'Shopping' will mean 'home delivery'." Unlike "kitchen of the future" predictions from, say, the '50s, these prototypes are less about a magical convenience and more about practicality and the environment. Think a sink that conserves water, built-in waste and composting system, and a stove that also doubles as a prep table. The future is looking bright!