A new domestic world

How will life be in the year 2020 and how will we run our households? Which emerging trends are likely to continue and manifest themselves? Miele, in cooperation with Berlin based Graft group of architects, focused on these and other questions when carrying out a "Living & Architecture" study.

The result is a realistic scenario of a world with almost 8 billion residents living in even larger mega cities than they are today with ever-scarcer resources such as water, food and raw materials. It is highly likely that two trends will prevail in this environment; firstly, domestic work would be kept to an absolute minimum, uncomplicated and without loss of quality, to create more leisure time.
Secondly, to purposefully face the new requirements of a world suffering general resource shortages and to respond with an innovative, efficient and at the same time environmentally friendly usage of resources. In less than 10 years, this will result in many people in these towns meeting their food requirements partially with high-quality convenience products and partially by urban farming and planting fruit and vegetables on their roof gardens. Using a remote control, appliances processing this food will be hidden behind decorative fascia panels. Kitchens will become more of an additional living space.

Currently, domestic appliances use 45% of total household energy. To reduce the burden, technologies are being developed further and are already being implemented successfully. Since 2011, energy providers are obliged to offer varying electricity tariffs. Since then, Miele has been offering the first washing machines, tumble dryers and dishwashers featuring smart-grid technology. Using computer-controlled technology, intelligent smart grid appliances switch on when power is expected to be at its cheapest – for example at times when the yield from regenerative sources is particularly high. With this technology, new opportunities open up for sustainable use of energy as well as for reducing costs for project developers and tenants.