Need help in the kitchen? then how about a high-tech table that has hidden heating and cooling elements that allows you to cook, keep food warm and drinks chilled, while you sit and talk?! Swedish-German studio Kram/Weisshaar came up with Smartslab, a composite design that features an innovative material for the surface called SapienStone – a state-of-the-art, architectural-scale ceramic tile that’s only 6 millimetres thick.The table has hidden induction heating rings that allow for cooking on one part of the table, while heating elements in other parts keep food warm after it’s been served. On the other hand, drinks are kept cold with thermoelectric cooling provided by concealed Peltier elements. Best of all, because it’s a single-surface kitchen, with all the controls embedded underneath the top, it’s much easier to clear and clean after.
‘If the practice of treating these tiles like a circuit boards (by integrating electrics like heating and cooling elements, wireless charging stations, WiFi connectivity points, and touch controls) becomes widespread, it could reduce building costs because these materials can be prefabricated before being installed on-site,’ says Weisshaar.
Find out more here: http://www.kramweisshaar.com/projects/smartslab-table
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