A small kitchen cannot accommodate homework, mail storage, laundry duties and recipe hunting. Unless you don't cook at all, the small kitchen's main chore is meal prep. So focus first on function, making sure you have the appliances and work areas you need. You may be able to save a bit of space by using scaled-down or innovative appliances, including refrigerator and freezer drawers and pint-sized microwaves, stoves (some with just two burners) and single sinks. If workspace is at a premium, consider a small-scale island or a counter-topped cart that can be rolled into a closet when not in use.
The Opal Ice Maker is the first appliance that allows you to make soft, chewable nugget ice at home just like you find in restaurants and at fast-food chains. But if you want one, you’ll need to sign up now for delivery in July 2016 — it’s a prototype product being funded by Indiegogo. Opal was designed by GE’s FirstBuild™ Community, a collaborative manufacturing initiative with a microfactory on the campus of the University of Louisville. FirstBuild is a way for innovative appliance ideas to get produced and marketed quickly — other cool ideas they’ve turned out include an easy-load oven with slide-out drawers and a refrigerator water pitcher that refills automatically.