Fortunately, with all the roommates I’ve had, not a single one of them have ever stolen my food from the refrigerator. As a matter of fact, food has “magically appeared.” (forgetful friends come over and leave me presents quite often) For those of you who have experienced roommate refrigerator disputes, Flatshare Fridge is here to ease some of that household tension. Created by Stefan Buchberger, from the University of Applied Arts Vienna, Flatshare is a sleek modular system with separate compartments perfect for dorms or individuals with multiple roommates. Each person gets their own space and the compartments are customizable.
No more fighting over who’s turn it is to clean the fridge, nor do you have to deal with disposing of someone else’s unidentifiable leftovers. At the moment, it cannot guarantee that your food won’t be stolen, maybe in the future a lock system could be implemented, but it can eliminate the “I thought it was common property excuse.” Buchberger designed Flatshare Fridge for the Electrolux Design Lab Competition, which he won in 2008. It is a global competition that challenges industrial design students to create home appliances for the future. The finalists for this year have been chosen and the winner will be announced September 24th, 2009. I’ll be sure to update you. Check out some of the entries:
Moléculaire by Nico Kläber, Köln International School of Design, Germany
Moléculaire is a molecular 3D food printer that takes the marriage of science and cooking to a new level.
Naturewash by Zhenpeng Li, Zhejiang University, China
Naturewash is a waterless washing machine that uses negative ions to wash nano-coated fabrics.
Bifoliate by Toma Brundzaite, Vilnius Academy of Art, Lithuania
“Bifoliate” is a space-saving, wall-mounted double dishwasher that allows the user to put dirty dishes in one compartment and use the other as a shelf for clean dishes.