If you live in New York, Tokyo, Hong Kong or any other dense metropolis, this futuristic kitchen by French industrial designer Antoin Lebrun could be the space saver you’ve been waiting for. If you live in Montana, you may want to skip it.
Created as a prototype for Fador Brandt, the Aion is a green, multifunctional appliance that combines electro-mechanics with vegetable technology. Although the unit may resemble a portable wheat grass stand (now there’s an idea!), the plants were specifically “developed by the aerospace industry for their filtering and cleaning properties”.
Here’s how it works: in open position or “cooking mode” you can prepare and cook food while the plants act as an air filter; in closed position or “washing mode” you simply close the unit and presto! — clean plates. The plants supply a renewable source of clean water as well as producing vegetable soap.
Wow, who would have guessed that in a mere ten years from now, plants would be so helpful? I wonder if they’ll be able to assist old ladies in crossing the road?