The Miele Cultivate System was designed in response to a brief from the German kitchen manufacturer to design products for "Kitchens of the Future". It was designed with teammate Eoin McNally.
The inspiration for this product came from sustainability issues, food miles and the need for us to become more self sufficient moving forward. As a team we did not see high technology being the answer for Kitchens of the Future. Instead we were interested in looking at ideas past for inspiration.
The Cultivation system uses hydroponics
to cultivate substantial amounts of fruit and vegetables in the kitchen. Recycled greywater is enriched with nutrients and passed into each grow module via an aluminium wall bracket. Within each module are 3 recyclable corn plastic grow pods. A seedling is cultivated into a plant suitable for consumption simply by plugging a grow pod into the system.
Miele Kitchens of the Future 2006
We were awarded runners up prize from Miele Ireland for this project.