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Krot of Kans KOELKACHEL

A FRIDGE WITH A WARM SEAT
fall- winter 2010

A Fridge with a warm seat. A retrospective of the kitchen from the
18th century. The gridiron wich normally looses its heath on the
back of the refrigerator, is mounted underneath the seat on the side
of the fridge; Giving the cold cabinet a warm seat.
Shape:
As adults we use the information we have experienced in childhood
as our archetype. The frigo as white cube is apopular archetype.
The Koelkachel did remain in its shape a fridge. Because of this it
is approachable and understandable.
Realisation:
The Koelkachel is made out of eight laser-cuted pieces of metal,
banded and glued together. The metal is powdercoated.
Research:
The beginning of my project started by copying the daily activities
of a housewife living in the 18 century. According to a domestic
economy book which I found in a antique shop, I lived with the
books rules for one week. The difference being that I only used
products that I already owned. Most of the time i worked in
the Kitchen. This is why I continued focusing on it. The warmth
in this room made it the centre of the house. Today we heat all
the rooms of a house even when we are not at home. In Japan the
houses have no general heating instead they have the Kotatsu:
a table with heating underneath. In the evening the family gathers
together around the warmth. The sociability collects around the
object. My Idea was to create a place which is heated without
extra energy.