The Rise of Plug and Play Outdoor Cooking

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The Paris-based international home decor fair Maison et Objet is one of the undisputed places to find out what is hot and on the rise. I’d like to kick of this series with a key learning from this year’s September edition of the fair. In the outdoor space, there were many attractive designs but the buzz was all about new outdoor kitchens.

Two designs really emerged as signs of things to come. Far from being a “save the date” rather complex affair, outdoor cooking is becoming a simple spontaneous plug and play option! Not only is the classic grill being updated with easy start functions, timers, and anti-flare devices allowing far more members of the family to use it, but a whole range of new set ups use new cooking technologies (plancha, induction cooking, for example). These are extremely simple to use. It’s basically a switch on, switch off deal! What this means is that we can now use the set for quick meal any time of the day, from breakfast to dinner, from special day to every day.


1. The compact urban set up

This year’s Red Dot award winner, Bruno Houssin, caused a lot of jaws to drop. His ultra-urban compact outdoor kitchen was an inspiration and an eye opener on how sleek full set ups can really be. The design showcases all of the new benefits we can now enjoy. Even the smallest spaces can now have a full outdoor kitchen with cooking and preparation zones, along with washing and storage facilities.



2. Ego Paris‘s cooking plate table

The other design reflecting this trend is this new design by Ego Paris. It’s a table in which you can insert an induction cooking plate for a true plug and play approach to easy outdoor cooking.


It’s not snowing yet — are you ready to get grilling?