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Electrolux Soft-Refrigerator Concept Saves Space And Energy

Electrolux Soft-Refrigerator Concept (Images courtesy designboom)
By Andrew Liszewski

My fridge is usually pretty bare, which is why I like this collapsible Soft-Refrigerator concept by Electrolux. The use of a heat-insulating membrane and modular vented shelving means the fridge can be collapsed and ‘size-optimized’ based on how much food you need to refrigerate. And besides making more room in a cramped kitchen, by collapsing the fridge you also reduce the volume of space that needs to be cooled, which in theory should reduce its energy usage. The Soft-Refrigerator even seems a clever alternative to a cooler when traveling, though I imagine the energy saving benefits are negated if you have to bring a portable generator with you to keep it running.

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  • Craig Morey

    I can see it saving energy – perfectly sensible – but saving space? I'm not sure I can use that newly liberated space above a fabric fridge, let alone re-organise a kitchen based on squares to fit a cylinder. An interesting concept, but it needs the contemporary kitchen to change shape before it could be sold in a shop.

  • brian

    Seems horribly energy inefficient. Modern refrigerators employ large amounts of insulation to save energy. Fabric has none.

  • Aaron

    Would be better to have a bladder inside the fridge to fill up the empty space. Then you get to retain the same insulation and form of the traditional fridge.

  • Aaron

    Would be better to have a bladder inside the fridge to fill up the empty space. Then you get to retain the same insulation and form of the traditional fridge.

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    Based on how it looks this type of soft refrigerator can really save energy and space.

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    Based on how it looks this type of soft refrigerator can really save energy and space.