Does anyone know why large kitchen appliances always decide to give up the ghost at the same time? No sooner did we grit our teeth and buy a new oven than the dishwasher turned up its heels and died. And now the fridge which has been talking to itself is definitely getting worse.
My daughter is rather pleased about the impending demise of the fridge. She sent me a link to something which looks unbelievable but maybe the norm sooner than we think.
Yuriy Dmitriev is obviously a man of great vision. He has designed a cold environment to store food, I can’t call it a fridge because it bears no resemblance to that appliance.
Every year, Electrolux holds a global competition for creative design students with a prize of 5,000 euros and a six months paid internship at one of the company’s design centres.
Yuriy’s Bio Robot cools biopolymer gel through luminescence. (I don’t quite understand how it does that, but then I don’t understand how my iPod works). A non-sticky gel surrounds food items when they are pushed into the gel, creating separate pods. There are no doors or drawers, and the food is apparently individually cooled at its optimal temperature thanks to the robot.
Not only is it open, it can be mounted vertically and horizontally (even on the ceiling!), and can be modified to any size.
Sounds amazing, but I wonder if Yuriy has really thought this through?
How do you dust it? Can you wipe it down? What happens if you commit the sin of forgetting about something at the back and discovering a brown liquid some weeks later?
And of course how do you prevent children from keeping their naughty hands out of it? (maybe that’s why it has the ceiling option).
Although possibly flawed, I take my hat off to Electrolux and their engagement with young designers.
If you feel inspired have a look at this year’s competition, the deadline for entries is the 15th March, so you’ve still got time to submit your idea: