Cutting Edge Concept: the Flow2 Kitchen


The kitchen could be considered the hub of a home. It’s the spot where people congregate at parties, despite protests from the hostess; it’s the place a family gathers to break bread as often as three times a day.

There are all types of kitchens. We’ve shown you recycled or sustainable parts and entire islands of green. But I can’t recall setting my eyes on living or growing.

The Flow2 kitchen isn’t for the faint of heart. It gets down and dirty; it reveals the cycle of life from potted plants to edible food to composted waste to fertile fertilizer to potted plants. And round we go.

It’s a cool, cutting edge concept by the Oregon-based Studio Gorm team of John Arndt and Wonhee Jeong. And it’s their second go of it. The first kitchen, Flow or the kitchen of terrestrial mechanics, was Arndt’s graduate degree project.

Updated and more flexible, the designers have taken the idea of conservation and efficient living (or eating or cooking or growing) to a new level.

flow3 map

Case in point (see image above): The hanging dish rack drips water on the herbs and plants arranged below. The refrigerator is cooled via an evaporation cooling process (sounds fancy, but it involves H2O and not much more), rejecting the need for a large energy-guzzling fridge. There’s a cutting board that slides away to reveal a composting bin below with live worms read to nosh. And the list goes on.

The flow of Flow2 is indeed seamless, but is it feasible or just a fantasy? Whatever it is, it’s cutting edge…and just a concept for now. Time will surely tell.

via Dezeen

8 thoughts on “Cutting Edge Concept: the Flow2 Kitchen

  1. That’s a great idea; however, my DH made the point that by the time you get done producing something like that you might end up expending more energy than you would save.

    Would that be true? It doesn’t seem all that elaborate to me…

  2. This is very cool. It would make a great camping kitchen, for long term camping, or people who are homesteading, living on the land. If they could make an easy-to-put-together, portable kind of package, it would be fantastic.

  3. As someone who loves to cook and prepare food, I think this would take the joy out of it for me. I think it would work for a second/vacation home, but not for primary living – at least for me.

  4. I think the cutting board over the worm bin is pure GENIUS. Even if you were too squeamish and needed it to be straight compost – how wonderful to be able to just slide whatever you’ve been working off right into it – rather than carrying soggy peels across the kitchen!

  5. I could do this kitchen challenge in a cabin in Maine with generator power for maybe 2 or 3 months. Alot can be said about getting back to basics. Sometimes slow and easy is a healthy way to go.

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