My oven died! But I didn't have to think twice about replacing it. I didn't sit down and try to work out if I'm better off without a kitchen – instead relying on microwave dinners, takeaway and home deliveries.
But it's possible that's where things are heading. Ikea has predicted that future homes will be so small they won't have space for kitchens. Instead communal kitchens will be the norm. And a report from investment firm UBS "Is the kitchen Dead?" predicts that by 2030 most meals currently cooked at home will instead be home delivered.
Skeptics, UBS suggests, should consider the evolution of the clothing industry over the last century.
“Describing today’s world to a person whose clothes were all made at home would presumably draw a great deal of skepticism, and the full shift from home clothes production to today’s world took a long time,” they wrote. “But some of the same characteristics are at play here: we could be at the first stage of industrializing meal production and delivery.”
Perhaps. But food is not the same as clothes. Your health doesn't depend on the clothes you wear. There is a lot more at stake here.
Could you live without a kitchen in your home? Let me know your thoughts.