Chilling Outside The Window

It’s interesting to so how cultural practices can trigger off inspiration to design a product that can be an extension of the same. For instance in India we usually keep pickles on our window sill, to marinate and cook them in the natural heat. Whereas in China, because of their cold conditions, food is kept outside the window to preserve it, plus it frees up the kitchen space. This Chinese practice inspired Frenchman Nicolas Hubert to design the External Refrigerator. A fridge that hangs on the external wall of your home. The win-win situation here is that during winters the low temperatures help in conserving energy and keeping the fridge-items cold. And during summer, solar energy is harnessed via the solar panels, to power the fridge.

If you think this concept is worth the shot, you may want to vote for it here, External Refrigerator (and 7 others) is vying for the top spot the Electrolux Design Labs Competition. The results will be announced on the 23rd September @ 100% Design London. And Yanko Design will be there to bring you the results! LIVE!

Designer: Nicolas Hubert

19 Comments

  • Hartigan says:

    I still don’t get how Electrolux allows the name to be used in such products…

  • Hartigan says:

    I still don’t get how Electrolux allows the name to be used in such products…

  • eno says:

    it won a design contest… and i dig it

  • eno says:

    it won a design contest… and i dig it

  • rorro says:

    outside parts of splits get dirty with bat or bird poo. so it will too.

  • rorro says:

    outside parts of splits get dirty with bat or bird poo. so it will too.

  • Anonymous says:

    i think its good for people who live in small/tight spaces

  • Anonymous says:

    i think its good for people who live in small/tight spaces

  • Ana says:

    If I were hungry and on the streets I'd try knock a few down…

  • Ana says:

    If I were hungry and on the streets I'd try knock a few down…

  • Danylo says:

    So, in rainy days, you don't eat!?

  • Danylo says:

    So, in rainy days, you don't eat!?

  • anon says:

    Interesting concept but not well thought out at all.
    What about complexity and cost of installation. You can't do it yourself – you need someone with a crane, etc to install especially if you are on a very high floor.
    What about rain, snow, lightning, dirt, bird poop, insects. What if the door gets stuck?
    Any sort of larger debris that might fall through the air could damage it.
    What about people throwing things at it?
    The owner has limited access for maintenance themselves – they would have to bring in someone who could scale the wall for repairs, etc.

    It could be useful for someone who has a balcony and could install it there themeselves.
    Otherwise the wall mount idea is ridiculous.

  • anon says:

    Interesting concept but not well thought out at all.
    What about complexity and cost of installation. You can't do it yourself – you need someone with a crane, etc to install especially if you are on a very high floor.
    What about rain, snow, lightning, dirt, bird poop, insects. What if the door gets stuck?
    Any sort of larger debris that might fall through the air could damage it.
    What about people throwing things at it?
    The owner has limited access for maintenance themselves – they would have to bring in someone who could scale the wall for repairs, etc.

    It could be useful for someone who has a balcony and could install it there themeselves.
    Otherwise the wall mount idea is ridiculous.

  • kynphlee says:

    I'm sorry, but that won't work outside…..i can see this working inside someone's home instead

  • kynphlee says:

    I'm sorry, but that won't work outside…..i can see this working inside someone's home instead

  • LexFH says:

    A drop of rain is not lethal you know… unless you are made of sugar ?
    Poor little urban creature.

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