InstallerSHOW has revealed the Kitchen of the Future will form a central feature at its inaugural Installer Kitchens & Bathrooms event.
Brainchild of award-winning designer and author Johnny Grey, a 4Gen kitchen created in collaboration with expert in ageing, Professor Peter Gore.
Described as the world’s most intelligent kitchen by Newcastle Helix, it was originally installed at the UK National Innovation Centre for Ageing.
The prototype has now been secured by Installer Kitchens & Bathrooms which takes place at the NEC Birmingham from June 25-27, 2024.
Built as a research project, the multigenerational kitchen includes a state-of-the-art ‘cooking anywhere’ induction hob, as well as a working table with a linked circular preparation counter, rise-and-fall countertops.
The wall cupboards are made from carbon-neutral, lightweight and fireproof materials, with a ‘soft geometry’ walk-in pantry for easy visual and physical access.
Johnny Grey commented on the design: “Creating a kitchen that was welcoming for everyone, not just older people but children, friends and home workers was an exciting challenge.
“It combines beauty and function, with flexible, responsive furniture, and technology which means it behaves in a way that works for the whole family.
“It’s more than just a kitchen, it’s a living space, and I’m thrilled that Installer Kitchens & Bathrooms visitors will have the chance to enjoy it.”
Managing director of Lyrical Communications Michael Costain added: “We’re delighted to be able to offer visitors to InstallerSHOW an exclusive opportunity to experience Johnny Grey’s vision in the flesh.
“With multigenerational living becoming ever more prevalent, we understand the need to ensure designers, retailers and installers are equipped to make informed choices about the products and technologies available.
“The Kitchen of the Future allows us to do that in a meaningful and visually engaging way.”
In addition to the Kitchen of the Future, Installer Kitchens & Bathrooms will offer a programme covering topics such as water and energy efficiency, design innovation, sustainable and smart technology, and changing legislation.
It is backed by a number of organisations including the BMA, BiKBBI, NKBA, AMDEA UK and the Unified Water Label, as well as a host of leading manufacturers.