Also this year, for the fourth edition, Frigo2000 is partner and promoter of Conviviality 4 Kitchen and Modern Living, the international workshop of the Industrial Design for Architecture university master of the Politecnico di Milano and POLI.design which combines the disciplinary skills of industrial design with those of architecture. After a year of pandemic, it became clear how the union between food and technology represented the perfect synthesis of this experience: online cooking courses, web experiences, private lessons at a distance have punctuated everyone's daily life.
From these considerations the design theme of the workshop, Home cooking school, was born, a technical-creative experience aimed at exploring the new scenarios of conviviality, interpreting the needs and requirements of modern living and declining the kitchen also in a media work space, according to a perspective of innovation in the short and long term.
The goal of the laboratory was the development of concepts capable of integrating the different kitchen appliances, enhancing their functions and innovation to the point of making the space for preparing and cooking food a stage for remote teaching. Teaching how to use technology to create food and wellbeing is the aim of the three finalist kitchens of the workshop. The individual concepts were developed starting from an analysis of the characteristics of the kitchen environment and the most recent trends in food preparation and consumption.
Under the guidance of the teachers of the Polytechnic, ten students from all over the world illustrated their projects to an exceptional jury, chaired by the architect Aldo Parisotto and also composed of the food editor and writer Angela Frenda, by the starred chef Niko Romito and by the architect and designer Elisa Ossino. The projects exhibited were: The Nucleus, by Malak El Sayed, Irem Şendinç, Monika Khatri; Kustom, by Maria Alejandra Espindola, Rhea Zouein, Raman Loya, Giovanni Dall’Asta; and Archipelago, by Anthony Almoarkech, Daniela Bustos, Marco Pozzi. Applying criteria such as functionality, flexibility and photogenicity, the jury declared the winner 'Kustom', a kitchen-concept that allows a great personalization of spaces, satisfying moods, needs and personal tastes.