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Doorless Refrigerator

Refrigerators are one of the best inventions of all time. Ever since their creation, refrigerators have found their vital place in both the rich and middle-class homes to preserve food and to provide cooled food.

The basic principle of cooling the box has never changed but the body, colour and structure are the factors which differentiate modern refrigerators from the older ones. A Massey University (in New Zealand) third year undergraduate student, Ben de la Roche, has come up with the idea of a new refrigeration “wall” which has absolutely no door and displays all the food so that you don’t forget about your leftovers.

The proposed wall looks like a honeycomb structure made of hexagonal chambers; each chamber is covered by a plate which gives way when you place an item in the wall. When the item is inserted and pushed in it is refrigerated via a number of pins around it.

“How many times have you put leftovers in the fridge and forgotten about them, only to come back a week later and find them spoiled? Impress is a refrigeration wall that holds your food and drinks for you, out in the open and not behind closed doors so you will always remember the lunch you prepared for work or find that midnight snack with ease” said de la Roche proudly about his design.

Impress has received a great response because of its innovative design (not a USB fridge or a car fridge) that not only looks impressive but wins with its power and energy savings that intelligently cools items placed in the hexagonal wall. The fewer items placed in the wall the less power the fridge uses.  On a practical note, because there is no door and it is transparent it reminds busy people of their refrigerated leftovers.

De la Roche is one of 10 finalists in International Electrolux Design Lab 2012 award competition; the winner of this competition will receive $6,400 and an internship at Electrolux.

Designs like these from Generation Y are desperately needed to save us power in the future.

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