Ecofriendly fridge for Northern Europe
January 2014 - Turin, Italy
This project has been developed during the Design by Components Course, headed by Prof. Bistagnino at Politecnico di Torino, Italy. The concept behind this fridge is not only the refuse of using electricity for keeping the food fresh, but is also the change of mind of the users. This electricity-free fridge, in fact, can be used, produced and installed just in Nothern European countries and during the coldest periods, underlining the necessity of a non-standardization of productions and design. The main material of the outer sheel is fir tree, very common in Sweden, Norway and Finland, while the internal coating is made by recicled aluminum, that is a powerful conducting metal. The internal temperature of the fridge is reached by the presence of a tube (and related filter) communicating with the exterior. The fridge must be hanging to the wall and preferably facing north. The dimensions and the shape come instead from the local foods. It is smaller than an actual fridge since has no freezer (products must be consumed when fresh) and the visibility of food is essential in order not to waste it. The production processes of the fridge are totally local, exploting the native know-how and traditions. Aware on the fact that this fridge is an utopia nowadays, I believe in the idea behind it, for a sustainable future and well-being.