Kitchens are often crowded with a wide variety of machines and gadgets that all have their own power supply, motor and controls. Not only is this a huge waste of resources, but it also means there is rarely any space left on the countertop to do some actual cooking. Thankfully, Frog Design has come up with an eco-friendly solution that was designed for their long-term client General Electric.
The solution is called EcoSwitch, a single, multi-function device that uses induction heating to reduce heat loss and force the use of a more efficient cooking vessel. These vessels can act as a kettle, blender, slow cooker, coffee maker and more. Jonas Damon, Frog creative director, explained that the ultimate aim of the project “was to create one device that, with help of sophisticated technology, does many things well while eliminating duplication and saving energy.”
What makes EcoSwitch really interesting is that each vessel is embedded with a unique RFID tag that communicates its specific function to the hub. When placed on the hub, the OLED display immediately shows only the touch controls relevant to that vessel’s specific function: a kettle, for example, will only show the user on-off buttons; a blender will show variable speed controls and a pulse function.
Damon explained a growing trend when it comes to kitchen design:
The kitchen has taken on a greater role in our lives but rather than becoming larger it is being absorbed into our living quarters, with a smaller, more eco-friendly footprint. This attitude is mirrored by the design of EcoSwitch, with its reflective metallic appearance, and the simple, but iconic forms of the vessels.
Source: Design Mind
Images: Frog Design