What’s happening in this futuristic kitchen?

I stumbled upon this image recently and instantly loved it. Except, I have no idea what is going on. Can anyone help me out here?

I think it’s a kitchen – it has the right floor it, and has appliances which look like they might do kitcheny things. However, the large contraption in the middle of the room makes me think twice. And why is the lady sat down, browsing her vinyl record collection? I’m not sure about the perspective, but it looks like the electronics can be hidden behind a fetching red curtain too!

Please leave your thoughts in the comments section, I’m keen to hear what you think!

Hayden Yale

Child of the 80's. Born, raised and living in the Cheshire countryside, England.Lover of fan art, especially if it is based on my childhood heroes from Masters of the Universe, Thundercats, Transformers and TMNT. Penchant for almost anything retro, especially movies, games and art.

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6 thoughts on “What’s happening in this futuristic kitchen?

  1. Badwolf says:

    The waist-high cabinet on the left is a loudspeaker (as are the items mounted in the corners near the ceiling). You’ve got (what looks to be) tongue-in-groove knotty-pine wood paneled walls, which isn’t “kitcheny” at all. That huge computer cabinet (if it is a computer – looks more like it would be some sort of uber-hi-fi system) is in front of a window, and the valence is seen above the cabinet (and drapes can be seen to the left). There is a door in the right-rear corner, which doesn’t appear to be grandiose enough for a main or front entrance (and you can’t get to it because of the electronics and the cabinet on the right). The cabinets with doors on the right have plinths, which would indicate a kitchen or bathroom type of application.

    My bet is that this was shot on some sort of disused set that had been used as a kitchen at some point.

    As for the electronics – you’ve got two reel-to-reel decks, an oscilloscope, a patch panel (for outboard equipment), various gauges and meters, and some blank plates. If I had to guess, I’d call this old recording equipment from a studio.

    Aside from that, I have NO IDEA what the heck is going on.

  2. MagicMiguel says:

    I wonder if it was a 1960s prediction of what a “home computer” might look like? From what I understand, companies that had computers back then had large rooms dedicated to them — and I saw it on Mad Men ;) So this one is relatively small for in-home use.

    Maybe she’s stressed out on the floor with her “old” vinyl records because all the new technology is overwhelming and she misses when she could just use a simple record player?

  3. Atari Adventure Square says:

    Well, this is easy.
    In the future, all food consumption occurs with protein pills and dehydrated meals (easily-produced nutrients, just in case our cities need to be rapidly ejected into space to flee an incoming alien invasion…or an audit from IRS United Militia squads which now rule First World nations).
    So our digestive tracts become weakened from low usage and require amplified aural stimulation to strengthen our stomach muscles as we boogie.
    Therefore, the woman is deciding whether to get her groove on to the thumping timpanis of Esquivel Jr the Third, or the bossa beats of the Lex Baxter Clone Orchestra, or the like.

    Kick-ass set-up, indeed.
    Badwolf, if you could help me set that up in my home, that’d be great.

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