Creating a Kitchen That Will Accommodate Our Family’s Future

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The kitchen forms the very heart of every home. This is where most plans and memories are made as a family. Having the dining area as its natural extension, this is where family members come together not only to eat but to share and enjoy life experiences. It makes sense therefore to envision how our kitchen can actually accommodate our family’s future.

Fortunately for us, there are people who are thinking about the very the same thing as I write. And mind you, they are not simply thinking about their own kitchens but ours as well. These are the people behind the many innovations from IKEA . We can all have the chance to get a glimpse of the possibilities through #IKEAtemporary.


IKEAtemporary is a temporary space set up in Milan for the World Expo for the purpose of exploring the many questions we are entertaining in our minds. What kind of kitchens will we have 20 years from now? How will we cook and eat our food? Tons of questions to be asked but how do we even start?

IKEA will lead the way by providing the possible answers to our questions. For the next six months, there will a packed schedule of events, workshops, talks, and cook alongs around all sorts of topics related to our home lives and the kitchen. And IKEA is certainly not monopolizing the discussion and welcomes ideas from those who are equally interested in coming up with a kitchen that fits a sustainable lifestyle.

Earlier Collaborations

In its quest to come up with the best kitchen innovation to address future needs, IKEA has collaborated with design students of Lund University and Eindhoven University of Technology. The result was the 2025 Concept Kitchen which focuses on how technology can help remove some of the barriers that keep us from enjoying everyday cooking. With things like self-refrigerating containers and a worktop that can give us recipe suggestions based on the food we put on top of it, we can actually look forward to cooking as an enjoyable activity.

The IKEA HACKA is another example of what our kitchens could be in the future. It embraces the growing trend of modifying and customising products to make them entirely our own. The idea of an outdoor kitchen that makes it possible to combine IKEA products with things we already have at home or created ourselves is very inviting and practical. Imagine a kitchen that is totally unique and distinct from other kitchens.

The IKEA Temporary Invitation

IKEA issues an invitation for every one to participate:

We'd love to have some company while doing it. So why not come have a chat with us? If you can't make it all the way to Milan, come join us on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter at @IKEAtemporary. Or visit our website at

My Say

Writing this post got me thinking really hard about how often I eat with my own family. I must admit that being certified food lovers, our family has spent more time in the kitchen more than any other place in our home. Still, having more occasions of eating together certainly wouldn’t hurt.

That said, eating is better done together with our family, the people who matter most to us. It is comforting to note that IKEA for one is not putting the quality of our future life to chance. Let us all take part in helping ourselves realize a healthier and more sustainable lifestyle. It’s #bettertogether.

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