The design of this communal fridge was approached from a different perspective than most. Generally, the makers of refrigerators focus on separating distinctive types of foods into their own sections of the appliance, but this organizational strategy is unsatisfactory if the users are not all shopping and eating together.
What Ellie Zeng has done in the design of her Staff Lounge Ice Bar is to prioritize the space for storing individual meals, be they in containers already or comprised of assorted items. Each person can make use of a single compartment with its own temperature control, ventilation, and scent sealing, keeping its flavors locked in and unaffected by neighboring lunches.
All parts of this communal fridge are modular, from the freezer cubbies to the fruit trays, to the beverage bottle section. This touchscreen-fronted refrigerator demonstrates why it's important to revisit design conventions in appliances, as there is often a better suited way to cater to many users.
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