Mexican home appliances company Mabe, recently invited 9 top Mexican design & architecture firms to develop kitchen concepts to showcase their new product lines for kitchen. For the challenge Mabe also invited 9 local kitchen manufacturers to build their prototypes. AGENT was invited to take part of the project and came up with the Rehilete concept.
Rehilete is the Spanish word for Pin Wheel. The Rehilete concept is based on the idea of understanding the kitchen as a cycle and utilizes 5 products of the GE Profile line (which is represented and distributed by Mabe in Mexico).
AGENT’s concept contains 4 stations (or “wings”), which are intended to have dedicated functions, as part of the kitchen cycle: compost/harvest, preparing, cooking, eating.
The premise, is that beyond looking at the actions of preparing, cooking, eating and waste management as separated events (sometimes even happening at different zones of the house), these have to be understood as interdependent stages of a larger cycle. The idea is also to shorten the gap between food and its origin, bringing a compost/harvest station to the same room where food is prepared, cooked and eaten.
The cycle includes 5 phases: 1) growing and harvesting vegetables and herbs, 2) preparing, 3) Cooking, 4) Eating, and finally 5) reintegrating organic residuals to the compost bin (which later becomes fertilized dirt to seed again). The sinks, having the most recurrent function in all stages, are located at the center of the island.
To accentuate the different functions of each cycle phase, the 4 stations are designed with the most appropriate materials and temperature according to their function (wood for the eating station, Corian for the preparation & compost/harvest stations, and stainless steel for the cooking station). The stations also include storage space and units for the elements required on each phase.
As opposed to a regular kitchen that uses the walls to allocate all the storage and working space, AGENT’s concept concentrates all the action in a central island with the 4 wings. As an experimental yet visionary proposal, the concept presents new opportunities to generate architectural spaces from the inside-out, where eating, cooking and farming happen at the same central space of a house. Aesthetically, the concept was inspired by the dynamism and cyclic movement of the Pin Wheel.
AGENT’s prototype was sponsored, built and assembled by Grupo Ferreti/Modulform, under the direction of Sandra Rosas, some of the Corian pieces where built by Sosa Concepto, directed by Enrique Sosa. DuPont also sponsored the Corian for the prototype. Hettich sponsored the drawer accessories and storage fixtures.
The other designers/studios invited to the challenge: Manuel Álvarez, Sebastián & Mauricio Lara, Tatiana Bilbao, Ezequiel Farca, Ariel Rojo, Cartos Torre Hutt, Cecilia León de la Barra, Juan Pablo Serrano & Rafael Monarjaz.
The prototypes where exhibited at the gallery Centro Cultural Estación Indianilla in central Mexico City.
Creative Direction: Alberto Villarreal, Michel Rojkind
Lead Designer: Tom Pelzer
Design Team: Isaac Smeke, Felipe Castañeda
Prototype: Sandra Rosas (Grupo Ferreti) & Enrique Sosa (Sosa Concepto).
Images: Isaac Smeke, Alberto Villarreal