Can You Have A Kitchen With No Refrigerator?

At Gardenista, we liked this no-refrigerator concept from Korean designer Jihyun Ryou, a graduate of The Dutch Design Academy Eindhoven. Read on to discover her secrets:

Above: Ryou says, “Through the research into the current situation of food preservation, Iíve learned that we hand over the responsibility of taking care of food to the technology, the refrigerator. We donít observe the food anymore, and we donít understand how to treat it.” Ryou interviewed farmers, grandparents, and elders to learn how they stored produce before the advent of the refrigerator. Based on her findings, she created her own system of storage. It is currently just a concept, but provides plenty of ideas on alternatively storing produce.

Above: Apples emit ethylene gas, which causes other fruits and vegetables to ripen. When combined with potatoes, apples prevent them from sprouting eyes. In the above photo, the apples are positioned in a rack above the potatoes.

Above: Ryou waters her vegetables as she would water flowers, keeping then humid.

Above: An egg has millions of holes in its shell and easily absorbs odor, especially in a refrigerator. Ryou’s wall rack storage comes with a water holder to test for freshness (the deeper an egg sinks, the fresher it is).

If you’re looking for more great ideas on storage, visit Gardenista’s post A New Storage System from the Sea.


Sandi C.
Sandi C.3 years ago

noted thanks.

Helen Wu
Helen Wu3 years ago

Thanks for sharing :)

Val M.
Val M.3 years ago

Very interesting ideas. Thanks!

Kelly Rogers
Kelly Rogers4 years ago


Kelly Rogers
Kelly Rogers4 years ago


Christena R.
Christena R.4 years ago

Having no refrigerator would save a lot of energy and money - although refrigerators are far more energy efficient then they were before. There would also be very little food waste - buying things that last awhile or could be used with in a week or day, using more fresh ingredients, and cooking (and eating) only what is needed at the time.
An icebox is a good way of keeping milk and cheese cold and the ice lasts a surprisingly long time!

Marianne B.
MARIA B.4 years ago

Hmm, I always thought somethings needed to be kept cold. Yogurt? Cottage cheese? milk? Veggie burgers? Or will you tell me just don't eat anything dairy?

Nicole Gorman
Nicole Gorman4 years ago

Completely impractical for most people's lives.

Michele Mihlack
Michele Mihlack4 years ago

Cool Ideas!

alex l.
alex l.4 years ago

great ideas - old ways of doing things are often better ways, but they can also be improved upon.