A 27-Inch Square Kitchen Is Possible with Clei

I assume by now you’ve at least seen coverage of the new trend in tiny houses, right? People are trying to find affordable, sustainable living quarters, so they’re creating homes out of shipping containers and all manner of other things designed to fit in small spaces while still providing functional, comfortable living space. The problem comes in when you’ve created something like a 10×10-foot house and you need appliances to put in it. Because even those silly little apartment-size kitchen appliances are going to take up way too much room. Clei has an answer.

Designed by Massimo Facchinetti, this tiny kitchen concept debuted last year and it’s supposed to be available any time now. The Clei kitchen contraption measures 27 1/2 inches square and is a column of food prep, eating and cleanup. You get a sink, microwave, refrigerator, dishwasher, induction range, lighting, exhaust hood, three pull out tables, a coffee pot and an herb garden. When you need certain aspects of the kitchen, simply rotate those pieces out (the central pivot contains the exhaust pipe for the dishwasher and sink) to use them. When you don’t need anything, just rotate them back into their square form to keep them out of your way.

A 27-Inch Square Kitchen Is Possible with Clei

What I find interesting is the light is supposedly calibrated to provide brighter light while you’re preparing food and dimmer light while you’re eating it. I’m not sure how that works exactly, but I suspect it will require some input from you. The exhaust hood will also act as an air purifier for the room it’s in, “capable of purifying a medium sized room in a few hours.” What I would love is the vertical herb garden. It’s supposed to feature controlled lighting, so your daily use herbs are always ready when you need them for cooking.

In addition to all this goodness, Clei also included solar panels that are positioned in various places toward the top, providing power to the unit without requiring an outside source. They do suggest placing it near a window, of course, as solar panels need light to charge. No word on how much this will cost or exactly when it will actually be available, but I suspect it won’t be cheap. Incredibly neat, but not cheap.


Source: TreeHugger

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