Stand alone and build in microwave ovens, on the whole, still suffer from in-the-box thinking and as a result they compromise kitchen design in numerous ways: They occupy counter top space, it can be difficult to find one that matches your kitchen design and even more space is required to accommodate the opening front door.
Redesigning the build in microwave
Anoush Mortazavi has redesigned the traditional microwave to occupy a standard 600mm wide draw which keeps the device clear of the work top even when opening the door.
The unit has a glass lid which flips open for access, the oven has a turntable-less design, and the controls are placed along the top edge of the front panel.
Features include the mode stirrer, an extremely slow rotating aluminum blade that replaces the regular turntable. The front door is a hollow stainless steel structure, housing the electronics. It includes a magnetic steel switch that turns off the microwave instantly, protecting against accidental opening. The steel handle is attached to borosilicate glass containing the capacitive touch screen for navigation.
When users need to heat up their food, one simply pulls the Innowave out and pops the top. The microwave is surprisingly deep and looks like it could easily hold double to what a normal microwave can handle.