Living Kitchens, Verdant Rooms

Imagine a

sleek, contemporary kitchen where racks of fresh lettuces grow right next to

your refrigerator. And not only that, this would be an energy-saving kitchen,

too. How would it work?

Futuristic Ludovica + Roberto Palomba Kitchen Redirects Wastewater

Green living kitchen
In an example

created by Ludovica + Roberto Palomba for Whirlpool and Elmar—featured at

the Milan Furniture Fair—technology and ecology come together in a culinary-centered

relationship. Bridgette Steffen, who reports on this Green

Living Kitchen for Inhabitat.com

says,

“Elmar

strives to create innovative design solutions that are functional, ergonomic, and

high-quality. They are well known for their work using high temperature treated

wood in the kitchen, which makes it water-repellent and more durable. The

appliances and technology are supplied by Whirlpool, whose 6th Sense Technology

minimizes the use of water, energy, and time.
“All

of these elements combine into an advanced kitchen where wasted water or heat

from one appliance is reused in a second. For example, warm refrigerator coils

are used to heat water for the dishwasher. Wastewater is recycled to water

walls of plants and spices. All in all, this integrated kitchen will divert 60%

of the water and heat generated from appliances to fuel other appliances. It is

expected that this kitchen would save 24% on a homeowner’s energy bill.”

Garden Room Inspiration

Perhaps

not as futuristic, but certainly more readily adaptable to more people’s tastes

and homes, are the ideas gleaned from Lisa Ishimuro’s conservatory, featured in

Country

Living. The slide show gallery

gives the garden lover lots of inspiration for turning a room into a verdant

sanctuary, no matter what season.
Garden

Room Style, by Peter Marston is

another great source of inspiration

for bringing nature into your home. The author says that he has “always had a

conservatory on my various houses, sometimes small, sometimes large, but

usually close to the kitchen. For me, the garden room is also a place in which

to work at home peacefully, surrounded by the things I love.” Filled with color

photographs, illustrations, and interesting historical notes, this book can sit

on your coffee table and bring a bit of the outdoors in simply by sitting

there.

Feed … Your Table?

Now let’s go

from the sublime to the ridiculous and take a look at The Digestive Table,

featured in an article for WebUrbanist.

This dining table is one of several very unusual ones reported on by Delana,

who writes, “Some ideas are so simple and common-sense that you wonder why no

one has done them before…and then you realize that it’s because the idea is

sort of gross. The Digestive

Table from Amy Youngs is just such an idea. It incorporates eating with

composting, something that makes a lot of sense. When you’re done with dinner,

you throw the scraps into the built-in compost heap inside the table. Then

sowbugs, bacteria, and worms help the material decompose and turn it into

luscious natural fertilizer that feeds the plants kept at the bottom of the

table. If you want to lose your appetite (and so have more food to feed the

table), watch the attached LED monitor to see live decomposition action from

inside the table. The Digestive Table isn’t commercially available, but the

website does include a construction diagram so you can build one yourself.”

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