Cooking up the Future:
The Role of Technology in Modern Kitchen Design

Jul 17 2017
10:45 am
CU Denver College of Architecture and Planning
1250 14th Street
Denver, CO 80202

Cooking up the Future:
The Role of Technology in Modern Kitchen Design

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The kitchen concept has gone through many changes since the beginning of the 20th century. Early on, the kitchen was an isolated space used exclusively by cooks and servants. As walls in homes began to disappear it enabled a more open floorplan and the kitchen area evolved into a multifunctional hub that is integrated into the rest of the home and living style.  This has given rise to a large kitchen industry that focuses on more than just cabinetry A talented designer will incorporate a great deal of space planning, creating spaces that are both appealing, effective and provide a rewarding experience for all users. Technology has played a leading role in this evolution and has allowed for more flexibility and efficiency in preparing, serving and cleaning up meals. Today, we have smaller and smarter appliances that can cook faster, better and significantly reduce meal preparation and cleanup time. Innovative new cabinetry and hardware have made accessing and organizing everything in the kitchen easier than ever. As this technology (steam cooking, induction cooktops, built in coffee systems, smart home integration) becomes more affordable and more available, the limitations of what a kitchen can look like and what it can do, will vanish.

Come learn from leading kitchen designers and top appliance experts about the latest in kitchen technology, the role it will play in kitchen design and what’s next for the most important space in your house.

Kevin Vesel is CEO and Founder of Vesel Contemporary Kitchens, Inc., a unique company dedicated to designing and building Contemporary Kitchens that emphasizes European aesthetics of design, timeless materials, and luxurious finishes.
While at school, Tamar Chang started working at Thurston Kitchen + Bath, she fell in love with the kitchen design aspect of interior design and has been with Thurston for 13 years. Her projects range from small spaces to large house projects, from traditional to contemporary and everything in between. Her goal in any project is to bring together good designs and unique forms, keeping in mind the homeowners and the use they will have of their space.
With over 24 years of experience in the appliance industry, Ed Hurley knows just about anything could throw at him. He has been with Roth Distributing for 17 years, holding a variety of positions from customer service to his most recent role as a Sales Representative. Ed’s territory covers the state of Colorado exposing him to a wide variety of kitchen aesthetics and designs. With this exposure, Ed has been witness to ever changing technology advancements in the appliance universe. Ed is a Colorado native who likes to spend his free time fishing and golfing.
Mark Hopwood started his career in consumer electronics and home appliances at the ripe age of 18 – just a couple of years ago. He has always gravitated to innovative technologies and has been front and center introducing new technologies throughout his career.