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What is the future of kitchen storage?
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79 months ago

From voice recognition software to "smart" homes, we have seen today's technology radically impact our living spaces!  Our company is interested in the future of kitchen storage and the features and functions it will have 10 years from now.  In a decade, will kitchen storage even be recognizable as the cabinets we see today?  

We envision the traditional kitchen cabinet evolving in the following three directions:

  1. Smart Cabinets:  What information will they send and receive?  How does a user interact with them?
  2. Automated Features: Do they use sensors?  Can they be opened or raised using a remote control?  Do they have activators that move shelves around?
  3. New Storage Solution: Will we be using something that hardly resembles a traditional cabinet at all?  If so, what will it be?  What does it look like?  

Propose your kitchen STORAGE solution for 10 years into the future.  Your idea should fit at least one of the following three categories:

  • -smart cabinets
  • -cabinets with automated features
  • -a totally new storage solution (e.g. a new take on the traditional kitchen cabinet)

In your proposal, please answer the following:

  1. What is your idea for kitchen storage ten years into the future?  What are it's main features and functions?
  2. How does your storage solution work?  Explain the thought process behind your idea and why your storage solution will be feasible.  Describe any technology that will be required to make your idea possible. 
  3. What does your idea look like?  Provide a visual (sketches, drawings, CAD renderings, mock-ups, charts, videos, graphs, etc) to support your idea.  


  • -Ideas should be focused on kitchen storage specifically, rather than on kitchens in general.  As a cabinet company, we are seeking ideas that center on how the cabinets of today will be enhanced or completely revolutionized in 10 years. 
  • -A visual is essential to a successful submission!  Please submit a visual even if it is just a hand-sketched image of your idea. 
  • -Ideas that incorporate multiple features, technologies, capabilities, etc. are encouraged! 
  • -Please explain your thought process!  It helps us to understand how your idea might be possible. 
  • -Avoid the following ideas: 
  •        -simply adding AI (like Alexa) to the kitchen
    • -remote-controlled drop-down TV
    • -remote-controlled drop-down back shelf
    • -remote-controlled shelves that come out of the sides of the cabinet

    Submissions will be graded on the following criteria:
  • Meets Deliverables
  • Creativity
  • Clarity
Reward Tiers
Top 10%
will share $1,000
Next 15%
will share $400
Next 25%
will share $200
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