The good old refrigerator is an appliance that no family cannot do without, whether it is a large villa or a small student apartment.
An appliance that in many countries we now take for granted, but it is not. Keeping all food fresh and for longer is a function that has totally changed our relationship with food.
The next evolution of the refrigerator
The concept of a refrigerator came before my eyes, which makes us reflect on what could be the next development of these appliances, and more generally of kitchens.
The next evolution of the refrigerator has appeared before my eyes in the form of Venine, a project by the industrial designer You-jin Syn.
The idea is simple: preserve the main function of the refrigerator, but with the addition of a design overhaul and above all additional functionality.
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The criterion that guides this concept is to make a large refrigerator advantageous even for mononuclear families in the smallest possible footprint, without compromising the intrinsic function of the appliance.
In summary: the size of the fridge is also exploited for a removable workbench (or for eating).
Dine on a table sticking out of the fridge? The Pozzetto of the micro apartment in Milan immediately comes to mind. Taaaac! And the countertop also appears from the household appliance, complete with sliding containers for fresh ingredients. Everything tidier, everything more organized.
To conserve or consume?
From Venine comes another principle of future kitchens: a greater awareness of foods, their use, their perishable nature. And the goal of reducing the food waste.
The upper half of the refrigerator is the place for storage (of foods that have a more relaxed time of decay).
When you open a package and the food is consumed within a few days, the compartment changes and becomes almost a display (which comes out at a 45 ° angle) of edible foods.
Once everything is done, a quick clean and the counter re-enters the refrigerator Bonus track: one UV-C light which also eliminates any bacteria on the work surface.
How about? Whatever the direction, the refrigerator will be a nodal center of the kitchens of the future.