Kuno is a clay-based fridge that does not need electricity to operate.
The concept of a powerless, ecological and sustainable fridge was conceived and designed for areas and villages with limited access to electricity.
It is very expensive to look at, but it is not a design joke: Kuno helps to keep fruits and vegetables fresh longer, even in hot and dry climates.
Tradition projected into the future
The design of the Kuno powerless fridge seems to come from a dystopian tale, it took months of attempts, but in the end it found the solution in archaic origins.
It is inspired by the Labu Sayong, a traditional water jug from the villages in Malaysia. A jug modeled with clay which in turn has the ability to cool water in a natural way.
Kuno uses the same materials and a similar method to cool its contents.
How does the Kuno ecological fridge work?
The porous outer clay wall of the ecological fridge promotes the principle of evaporative cooling. The heat is drawn from the inner chamber and then released through the pores. Because of this, the food placed in the whole Kuno chamber will stay fresher for an extended period.
Kuno Sustainable Cooler Fridge Concept, this is the “official” name, was designed by Kuan Weiking and Theodore Garvindeo Seah, to whom my compliments go. You don't randomly win a James Dyson Award.
Kuno uses the evaporative principle and the combination of plant cooling to lower the temperature inside the chamber.
Industry of nature
By adopting natural materials to make Kuno, it is possible to create a whole new class of “natural devices”, ecological and economical to stimulate the craft industry.
The Kuno powerless fridge can be produced on an industrial scale, but the concept it is meant to be produced manually on a small scale.