A design for a new type of refrigerator has taken second place in the Electrolux Design Lab 2012 competition.
The final of this year's event was held yesterday at the Triennale Design Museum in Milan, Italy. Ben de la Roche from New Zealand took the runner-up spot with his Impress refrigerator, a chilled wall that holds food and drink containers which are inserted horizontally.
Ben, a third-year design student at Massey University in Wellington, flew over to present his invention to a panel of domestic appliance experts.
Remarking on Ben's achievements, the judges said: "Impress is a visual experience that is energy saving and simplifies the user's life."
Because it is only panels of the wall that are in contact with stored items that get cold, the Impress is more environmentally friendly than most refrigerators. The fewer items there are being stored, the less energy is used up.
The first prize was taken by Jan Ankiersztajn from Poland who designed a collection of luminescent, hovering balls that can filter and fragrance the air. The balls float because of the helium inside and then fall to the floor when they need to be changed.