Wired Magazine: Inside the Battle to Rule the Smart Kitchen of Tomorrow
Joe Ray writes in Wired Magazine, published Nov 29th
KITCHEN ARCHITECT JOHNNY Grey gives smart, inspired speeches that could be TED Talks. He speaks about the things you’d expect from somebody dedicated to kitchen design, like light, and where you stand to cook. But he also introduces concepts like the physical invitation of a space and the allure of imperfection. A bit loopy, maybe, but he always bases his designs on how people work in and interact with a space, and with each other. The kitchen should be functional, of course, but it should be a social, inviting spot that revolves around people.
We’re in the moment of the connected kitchen, in which kitchen appliances sync to the cloud and even your coffee maker has a companion app. Look at the photos of Grey’s kitchens, however, and you’ll notice none of them feature a screen.
“It’s as if we are in the calm before the storm,” Grey says, “treading in that marshy ground between interesting, potentially useful, and sci-fi.”
As the smart kitchen is now being pushed into the mass market, it’s a good time to keep Grey’s principles in mind. There are an ever-growing number of smart appliances; some of them are great, but many are just not fully baked.
For the full story: https://www.wired.com/2016/11/smart-kitchen-summit/
Johnny receives Services to Kitchen Industry Award at Designer Kitchen and Bathroom Awards
Johnny was presented with the title at a ceremony on Wednesday 9th November by editor Martin Allen-Smith. He said 'this is given to an individual whose contribution to the kitchen & bathroom sector over a number of years goes way above and beyond the normal. It's in recognition of his work as an author, academic, leading proponent of the kitchen design course at Bucks New University and his all-round passion and enthusiasm for kitchen design that he brings to any task'.
Johnny (above) making a speech calling for recognition of kitchen design as a profession and requesting those in the industry to get involved in some capacity. He hopes more retailers and appliance companies will offer bursaries to the Kitchen Education Trust, as ten or so have done to date http://tket.co.uk/
The FDA degree course offers a first class education in an area of design that makes a real impact on people's lives and offers a career that is well paid. It is a blended learning (part time) course and delivered through residential weekends, on-line one-to-one tutorials and home work. Students can continue with part time jobs or bringing up a family.
The Kitchen Education Trust at Kitchen and Bathroom Design Awards
Johnny will be attending the Kitchen and Bathroom Design Awards on November 9th at Supernova, London. He will be doing interviews on behalf of the trust he has helped set up with Craig Matson of Roundhouse and David Gillett of Bucks New University.
For more information go to http://tket.co.uk/
The trust currently supports students on the FdA degree course who are studying the design, culture and making of kitchens at Buckinghamshire New University. There are plans to extend funding to a Batchelor of Arts and Masters degree.
For details of the course: http://bucks.ac.uk/courses/professional_and_cpd/FD1KDN9/
Please seek out Johnny if you are attending the design awards. He looks a little like the picture above!
Smart Kitchen Summit Oct 5-6th; Happier Futures at Bucks New University
FOR THOSE IN USA
Johnny is all set to speak again at the Smart Kitchen Summit in Seattle on October 5-6th. Choreographing the Emotionally Smart Kitchen, has been written especially for the event.
Jill Adam Mcdonough, marketing strategist, is collaborating with Johnny to introduce new insights into how the kitchen can be both smart and an emotionally satisfying place for all generations. Video contributions are being made by Prof Peter Gore, Newcastle University's Institute of Ageing, Prof John Zeisel, author of Enquiry by Design and I'm Still Here; Devin Alexander, celebrity chef and coach.
The event is being sponsored by Dacor, the appliance company http://www.dacor.com/
FOR THOSE IN UK
Happier futures: interpreting the opportunities and recent research for a new approach to ageing at home.
Johnny has invited Peter Gore, Professor of Practice in Ageing and Vitality, from Newcastle University's Institute for Ageing to talk at Bucks New University on October 14th. There a few free tickets available - contact Julia at email@example.com
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