The inaugural KitchenLab exhibition at IMM LivingKitchen 2017 explores the future of food production, processing and consumption. IMM LivingKitchen is a branch of IMM Cologne organized by Koelnmesse, the company behind the world’s leading trade fairs in living and lifestyle designs. Curated by Frame, KitchenLab showcases innovative ideas from 14 hand-picked Dutch designers within an eye-catching pavilion.

The Challenge
Koelnmesse, the organizer of IMM Cologne and LivingKitchen, wanted to develop the biennial LivingKitchen formula into a globally significant event for kitchen and food-related design. As an interior design media brand with an international perspective, Frame was the perfect partner to provide the fair with a fresh creative presence to expand the LivingKitchen concept.

The Solution
The Frame-curated KitchenLab brings emerging designers, interactive performance artists and innovative producers together with major industry players. Providing an exciting new angle to the LivingKitchen concept, the KitchenLab pavilion contributed to increased international interest and awareness for the fair.

LivingKitchen 2017 enjoyed over 150,000 visitors for the first time, with a significant increase in visitors from the Netherlands.

•    Chloé Rutzerveld
Chloé Rutzerveld’s Edible Growth merges new technologies and authentic practices of growing food to create a fully edible 3D-printed ecosystem. As the seeds, spores and yeast mature, consumers can decide at which stage to harvest and consume the fresh, nutrient-rich food.

•    Emma van Eijkeren and MOAK Studio
Focusing on portability and flexibility, ME is a portable set of kitchen equipment than can be assembled into a holdall. A project by Dutch designer Emma van Eijkeren and Colombian MOAK Studio, ME is intended to facilitate shared meals as part of a physically active social life.

•    Foodcurators
The Yoghurt Clock by Foodcurators dissects the yoghurt-making process into a 24-hour clock, revealing alternative possibilities such as whey shakes, cosmetic products and yoghurt flakes along the fermentation process.

•    Giulia Soldati
Contatto by Giulia Soldati literally plays with the connection between tasting and touching food. An interactive presentation, Contatto removes intermediary components to serve and present food using only the hands as allowing the action of serving to become an intimate gesture between the toucher and the taster.

•    Helmut Smits
Multidisciplinary artist Helmut Smits takes on industrialized food production in his ironic presentation. The Real Thing turns Coca-Cola into clean drinking water, a statement inspired by Smits’ findings that up to nine litres of H2O are used to produce one litre of Coca-Cola – a fact he describes as ‘absurd’.

•    Juliette Warmenhoven
As a child of the Netherlands’ ‘bulb-district’, Juliette Warmenhoven takes inspiration from the tulip industry to pay tribute to the cultivation of seeds and cuttings in her project Everyday Growing.

•    Louise Knoppert
Motivated by the plight of those physically unable to eat, Louise Knoppert presents Proef: an alternative way to experience and enjoy food and drinks. Aware of the social aspects of dining, the designer developed a series of tools that reflect a variety of sensations, flavours and emotions to match the meals of others at the table, allowing non-eaters to be part of the dining experience.

•    MVRDV
The Rotterdam-based architecture and urban design studio presented the Infinity Kitchen, a literally transparent kitchen unit intended to provoke thought and conversation around the ‘hidden’ processes in food preparation and consumption that often contribute to large amounts of waste.

•    Naomi Bijlefeld
Naomi Bijlefeld’s hand-operated Farming Food Processor removes soil, unwanted leaves and peels from fruit and vegetables before chopping them into pieces, preparing the urban gardener’s harvest for immediate use in the kitchen or storage in the freezer.

•    Renske Rothuizen
Renske Rothuizen’s Lemonade Factory works with childlike wonder and curiosity to forge a fusion of sophistication and playful design, presenting the whimsical delight of making lemonade in a practical and visual way.

•    Roald Sooijs
Hailing from a family of home brewers, Roald Sooijs develops a botanical vapour infuser as a workaround for the distillation of spirits like gin without a professional permit.

•    Sabine Marcelis
The Dutch material designer creates a unique functional installation piece in House Wine, which aims to take homemade wine-making out of the garage or basement and into the living space.

•    Studio Makkink & Bey
The studio’s exhibit Cheese Maker merges design, education and craft from the Netherlands and India. Inspired by the surprising similarities in cheese-making traditions from both countries, the project comprises a stack of objects to make cheese at home.

•    Tessa Geuze
Something Sweet by Tessa Geuze interrogates our modern concept and consumption of candy – the miniature confectionary kit consists of tools, moulds and storage to inspire people to harvest fresh ingredients and make their own seasonal and artisanal sweets by hand.

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