As we come upon the end of another postmillennial year and prepare for the futuristic-sounding 2014, it’s hard not to be at least a little disappointed in the lack of science-fiction-predicted technology pushing its way into our world. Sure, you can fit a computer in your pocket and store mountains of information in something called “the cloud,” but we’re yet to see a single flying car careening through the streets. The future imagined by pop culture artifacts like The Jetsons or 2001: A Space Odyssey just never seemed to arrive, and with it our dreams of floating cities and sentient machines. When you consider that Back to the Future 2 was set in the quickly-approaching year of 2015, it becomes difficult not to look around and ask yourself, “Where’s my hover board?”
There are, however, a few designers working with new technologies in line with both the aesthetics of “The Year 2000” as well as the underlying philosophy of most classic futurists. Since Closet and Storage Concepts is in the business of providing home solutions for our customers, we’ve found a few innovations that apply directly to the idea of “the Modern house,” or at least a 1960’s pulp novelist’s version of it. From robotic closet systems to fold up ovens, here’s a collection of a few different visions of a better, and far more cutting edge, modern home.
The Freedge – The Inside-Out Fridge
Designed by Matthew McNaughton, the Freedge imagines a revolutionary take on an appliance that has seen very little change over the years. The Freedge takes all of the compartments in a traditional fridge and separates them out, placing each bin behind an exterior wall to maximize space. Rather than having a bulky traditional fridge taking up a large chunk of your kitchen, each compartment of the Freedge is pulled out of the wall when you’d like to access it. A further perk of McNaughton’s system is that it utilizes external cold during winter months in the refrigeration process, meaning that not only will homeowners be saving space, they’ll also be saving on electricity. Best of all, the Freedge is incredibly cool looking, leaving your standard fridge looking like the relic that it is.
The Clean Closet – All in One Laundry Concept
Since we’re in the business of offering affordable, well-designed closet and storage systems for our customers, we’re particularly impressed by Michael Edenius’ Clean Closet design. Essentially taking the laundry process out of the consumer’s life completely, the Clean Closet is exactly what it sounds like: a closet that cleans your clothes while they hang. All of your items are scanned for dirt and impurities by the machine, which then cleans items where imperfections are detected. In one fell swoop, the Clean Closet replaces the laundry basket, washer, and dryer, freeing up much-needed space for the homeowner of the future. Best of all, the Clean Closet does its work without the use of water, making it far more environmentally-friendly than traditional methods. That’s what we call a Closet and Storage Concept!
Qumi – The Portable, Flexible All Purpose Oven
Dreamt up by the Russian engineer Ilia Vostrov, the Qumi is described as a flexible cooking unit, which is an understatement if we’ve ever heard one. Qumi is a fold out universal kitchen appliance that is capable of heating, steaming, or frying liquids and solids, basically making it the only tool the chef of the future will need. The Qumi is about the size of a plate when folded down for storage, and it is designed to be hung on an induction charging hook, making it completely portable and wireless. Furthermore, the Qumi is run exclusively from your mobile phone or similar device, making display panels and instructions obsolete. With the Qumi, that clunky microwave and oven taking up a majority of your kitchen are a thing of the past, providing much more space than traditional options. For the homeowner of the future, who will surely find space at a premium, the Qumi is the perfect option for any and all home cooking needs.
Although these designs may be a ways off from becoming readily available for the average consumer, it’s exciting to know that great minds are continuing to come up with innovative and, quite frankly, space age solutions for traditional domestic needs. Here’s hoping that sometime in the near future, Closet and Storage Concepts will be installing a Clean Closet in your home!