Thinking outside the icebox

Now this takes coolness to several levels: stackable refrigerator modules under the name “Flatshare Fridge,” by Stefan Buchberger, a design student at the University of Applied Arts in Vienna. The concept consists of a base station and up to four customizable modules.

How it’s supposed to work:

This design proposes clever solutions under three different categories — lessening the cold air that escapes from the fridge while it is open, storing different food groups under customized environments to save energy, and having stackable compartments for different people sharing the same fridge. That’s accomplished with style by the Flatshare as each fridge brick (resembling a Lego block) is much smaller than a traditional fridge, thus not only requiring lesser input energy to cool but also allowing lesser cold air to escape each time you open the door. And the bricks are stackable, meaning different compartments can be assembled (each fridge can hold up to 4 stackable compartments) and allocated to different people, say room-mates, making food storage personal and hassle free.

No word on when, if ever, there will be production models, but I have to admit, this is one cool concept.


  1. jen »

    1 August 2009 · 8:38 am

    i want a fridge with a digital padlock so i can keep my kids from opening a bazillion times a day.

  2. fillyjonk »

    1 August 2009 · 9:29 am

    A stacked fridge is a great idea but I can guarantee I would not remember which “cube” I had stored the yeast in. Or the raspberry jam.

  3. Mark Alger »

    1 August 2009 · 11:40 am

    I do like the idea of being able (one assumes) to set different temperature “zones” for different types of foods.

    I sense a third-party book — a Refrigeration Zones for Dummies book — teaching the clueless what good should be stored at what temperatures.


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