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Central Refrigerator

The fridge is the hub of the kitchen it should be in the center.
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Current refrigerator design is a box with a door or doors on one side and coils on the opposite side or underneath.

But it seems that the most useful portion of the fridge is either the inside of the door, or that portion of the shelves directly adjecent to the door (the "front" of the shelves).

I propose a design change where the fridge is placed centrally in the kitchen, with a door on each side. The coils, compressors and other works would be placed in a central column.

This means that every side of each shelf is a "front" and there are shelves inside each of four doors.

Nothing gets lost in the back. No competition for that valuable "front and door space. Maximized utility.

Also this allows the contents to be organized by purpose. The door nearest the living room could have drinks and snacks inside. The door by the cooktop could have ingredients for cooking. The door nearest the table could have cereal and milk.

Optionally doors could incorporate windows to reduce openings and closings.

Galbinus_Caeli, Aug 25 2006

Four Sided Glass End Merchandisers http://www.galasour...handisers,1,1,F,MX1
[ldischler, Aug 25 2006]

(?) Portable fridge http://www.dexigner...h&type=post&id=4610
You can put several next to each other. Putting them back to back (as in Galbinus' idea) would take way too much space [django, Aug 28 2006]

Element in the middle fridge http://www.reluct.c..._design_fridge2.jpg
Put it vertically or horizontally - put two against each other, back to back [django, Aug 28 2006]


       Sounds like a merchandiser. A refrigerated case with glass walls all round, some with rotating shelves.
ldischler, Aug 25 2006

       [phlish] Ok, I mentioned optional glass doors, but rotating shelves defeats the idea of putting different types of things in different sides of the refridgerator.
Galbinus_Caeli, Aug 25 2006

       I have kept cereal in the fridge in the past. I had an apartment where all my roommates were six legged and unwelcome. Any open food container went in the fridge.
Galbinus_Caeli, Aug 28 2006

       Ok, so you're basically putting two (or four) fridges back to back. Not really new [see link]. I prefer the portable fridge. You can turn it and take it anywhere [see link].
django, Aug 28 2006

       [Django]Not several fridges back to back, one fridge with several doors but only one compartment. Putting several fridges back to back would be too bulky. I am envisioning something the approximately the dimensions of a typical home unit, say 1 meter square, but designed to be in the middle of the room, with multiple access doors, rather than one door and designed to be put against a wall.   

       The merchandiser mentioned above is very similar, but intended for commercial use, not home use.
Galbinus_Caeli, Aug 29 2006

       Oh, I see, you're right, in that case it's a neat idea [+], but then you'd need a column with the element in it. I'm not sure whether this is feasible. As you know, the elements of a fridge needs an open backside to exchange heat. On old fridges you can see the elements sticking out at the back. So how will you embed them in your central column? Make a column within a column?
django, Aug 29 2006

       The coils will be imbedded in the central column, the heat should cause a nice chimney effect drawing the heat out the top. The compressor assembly will be at the bottom, perhaps raising the unit a 10cm or so above the floor.
Galbinus_Caeli, Aug 29 2006


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