When it Comes to Fridges, Small is the New Big.


Architect Donald Chong taught us that Small Fridges Make Good Cities, so what does that make the Meneghini Cambusa? the Robert Moses of Fridges? the Godzilla of iceboxes?

It probably holds more than our neighbourhood grocery:


the "CAMBÚSA" ice-chest (three-door version) has a varying internal lay-out, according to the sizes on offer, creating different combinations between fridge, freezer, fitted pantry, double pantry, space for coffee maker, ice-maker, microwave oven, steam oven and multi-function oven. The fitted pantry in the "upper part" has 4 spaces with acidated glass shelves, 4 small door shelves and internal lighting on opening the door; moreover, the "lower part" has a sliding level with a capacity of 100 kg for cases of water and soft drinks, one drawer for wines and spirits and 2 small door shelves.

A commenter at BoingBoing notes that it is just a custom box around "Liebherr refrigerators-- design aficionados are paying the firm to build a nice cabinet."

So they are taking two efficient modern fridges and a Miele coffeemaker (smart move, putting a heat-generating coffee maker between two fridges) and making it look old-tymey.

Source Apartment Therapy says it is a $10,000 fridge, but a commenter says it is $36,000. No matter; in this era of local food, the size of your fridge bears an inverse relationship as an indicator of wealth. Poor working families only have the time and money to shop once a week at Wal-Mart and fill the big fridge; the rich can afford to send the cook to the farmers' markets every day for fresh and local and organic. When it comes to fridges, small is definitely the new big.

More on Fridges:

IDS07: Small Fridges Make Good Cities
The Future of Fridges: Tall, Narrow with Water Filter Built In
CoolDrawer Fridge in a Drawer
It Slices and Dices: Trends in Green Fridges
Can Big Kitchens Be Green?

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