Ben de la Roche, a third year undergraduate student of Massey University in New Zealand, has designed a fridge with no doors; all the contents of the fridge remain on display. And, the fridge doesn’t waste power when it is empty. Mr. Roche has been invited to Italy to compete nine other finalists in a worldwide design competition organized by Electrolux.
The competition will be held in Milan next month, with 10 finalists chosen from different parts of the world. In the competition, Roche will give a 10-minute presentation on his design in front of a panel of judges and audiences. The final show will be streamed on the internet.
Roche’s design features walls made of hexagonal chambers in a honeycomb configuration, instead of doors. The chambers are covered by plates which make way when something is inserted in the fridge. Roche named the design – Impress. Explaining the philosophy behind the design he said, “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.”
Roche designed the no door fridge as part of a third-year project. Surprisingly, he only managed a B+ in the course, though the design has now made its way to the finals of a worldwide design competition.
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