Technology and flexibility were the buzzwords at ’s biennial exhibition dedicated to kitchens. Including the category FTK–Technology For the Kitchen, the 22nd edition showcased products from over 100 companies—several drawing hungry crowds with live cooking demonstrations. From voice-activated water to a highly compact system to a kitchen island that solves an age-old problem, here are five of our favorite finds.
1. Ratio Kitchen by Vincent Van Duysen for
Snacking at a kitchen island often means banging your knees. The multitasking Ratio kitchen island by Vincent Van Dusyen for brand keeps practicality in mind, with a handy built-in table for bruise-free dining.
2. AM 01 Kitchen by for
Small in size but big on design, the AM 01 Kitchen by Atelier Mendini for Japanese manufacturer is a compact yet stylish solution to a dwelling short on space.
3. Connected Kitchen by for
With voice- or foot-activation, water is conveniently hands-free in Sieger Design’s Connected kitchen for . The system also meets that chef challenge of precise volume and temperature with a digital tool.
4. K7 Kitchen Island by for
With the height-adjustable K7 Kitchen Island by Kai Stania for , even Goldilocks is happy, thanks to a unique lift mechanism that raises the island from 29 inches to 45 inches, so it can then be used as table, bar, or work surface.
5. SEI Kitchen by Marc Sadler for
“The surfaces are as thin as your phone,” says designer Marc Sadler of ’s SEI kitchen, which is light in weight with tops, side panels, and accessories less than 1/3 of an inch thick.