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What is Next Nature?

With our attempts to cultivate nature, humankind causes the rising of a next nature, which is wild and unpredictable as ever. Wild systems, genetic surprises, autonomous machinery and splendidly beautiful black flowers. Nature changes along with us.

Food Design in the 21th Century

Food Design in the 21th Century

We want a printed steak, square fishsticks, dinosaur nuggets, organic coca-cola, hyper fruit, cloned meat, potato-free potato chips, frankenwein, vegetarian hamburgers and hypernatural tomatoes. We want vitamine+Q10 yoghurt that makes you loose weight. We want to hear the sound of a sausage when we bite it – we want notice how well designed that sausage sound really is.

Already for thousands of years people have been food designers. How will food technology develop itself into the 21th century? The Philips Food Design Probes investigate how we will eat and source our food in the future, like in 15 to 20 years. There are 3 products we might have in our homes by then:

The Philips Food Printer, depicted above, brings molecular gastronomy to your kitchen. “Feed” is with some ingredients, pick a shape, let it print … and voilà your amazing 3D dish is ready. We hope the opensource 3D recipes that will be available soon.

biosphere_home_farm_530.jpgThe Biosphere Home Farm is your fridge of the future. A mini ecosystem containing fish, plants that allows you to have your food fresh the Philips biosphere Home Farm. It’s a 21st century aquarium crossed with stylish shelving unit, it contains fish, plants and other mini ecosystems.

nutrition_monitor_530.jpgThe Nutrition Monitor. It basically has 3 parts, a sensor which you have to swallow, a scanner which can measure the nutritional value of food and a display device. So you’ll exactly know what your body needs and what kind of effect your food will have on it. Especially handy for people who suffer from the healty eating disorder.

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Related: The meat of tomorrow, a square fishstick, dinosaur nuggets, organic coca-cola, hyper fruit, cloned meat, potato-free potato chips, frankenwein, vegetarian hamburgers, hypernatural tomatoes. Thanks Selby.


  1. Phillips has a wonderful design concept and this is a stunning 3D model.

    Farm Fountain has been producing fish and vegetable in our home for 2 years. Yum! http://farmfountain.com/

  2. Wonderful project Ken! This seems to be more often than not the case with the Philips design probes, that their concepts are clearly inspired on works that have been conducted earlier in a more artistic setting and then trickle down into more applied design proposals.

  3. thanks for this post, hope to see your next soon