Designed for the recent Electrolux Design Lab Competition, under the theme “a household item for the next 90 years,” the “Kitchen Tree” by Balin Lee as depicted by its name is inspired by the growth of trees in nature. Incorporating futuristic technology, the kitchen concept by the Australian designer can be customized to the user’s individual needs. The central shaft contains a refrigeration unit at the top with connections through the hollow arms or branches to the five pods. This allows each pod to be changed from a cupboard to a fridge or even a freezer through the use of the built-in sensor controls in the top of each pod. Each arm is attached to its own independent ring, allowing it to rotate freely around the central shaft.
The height of each arm can be adjusted through the use of a carbon nano mesh structure in the branch when a small electrical current is applied. This allows the user to adjust the height to a workable level to meet their individual needs. When a pot is place on the stove pod, built-in sensors detect it, illuminating the touch slide temperature controls. A similar slide control system is in place to control temperature and pressure in the sink. To access the inside of the pods, the user simply presses the front of the door inward, initiating the spring mechanism. This allows the user to slide the door to the side along the track.