Symbiosis of Potato+Apple

Apples emit a lot of ethylene gas. It has the effect of speeding up the ripening process of fruits and vegetables kept together with apples. When combined with potatoes, apples prevent them from sprouting.

Verticality of Root Vegetables

Keeping roots in a vertical position allows the organism to save energy and remain fresh for a longer time. This shelf gives a place for them to stand easily, using sand. At the same time, sand helps to keep the proper humidity.

Humidity of Fruit Vegetables
We tend to think zucchini, aubergine, cucumber, etc. as vegetables.But they are biologically fruits. This shelf gives them a space to be outside the fridge. Also through the ritual to water them everyday, they will stay fresh.

Dryness of Spices

Rice absorbs humidity easily. The spice container with rice inside helps spices stay dry without forming into lumps.

Breathing of Eggs

An egg has millions of holes in its shell. It absorbs the odour and substance around itself very easily. This creates a bad taste if it’s kept in the fridge with other food ingredients. This shelf provides a place for eggs outside of the fridge. Also the freshness of eggs can be tested in the water. The fresher they are, the further they sink.

This project is about traditional oral knowledge which has been accumulated from experience and transmitted by mouth to mouth. Particularly focusing on the food preservation, it looks at a feasible way of bringing that knowledge into everyday life. Through the research into the current situation of food preservation, I’ve learned that we hand over the responsibility of taking care of food to the technology, the refrigerator. We don’t observe the food any more and we don’t understand how to treat it.

Therefore my design looks at re-introducing and re-evaluating traditional oral knowledge of food, which is closer to nature. Furthermore, it aims to bring back the connection between different levels of living beings, we as human beings and food ingredients as other living beings. Through the objects of everyday life, design can introduce traditional oral knowledge into people’s lives through their experience of using it. Objects make invisible knowledge evident.

Save food from the fridge

Beef Finland 2012 explores the problems of excessive beef production and consumption in both global and Finnish scales and strives to better understand the problem through design. Systems thinking and behavioural economics put together, the project offers 11 different ideas as food for thoughts to different gatekeepers and decision makers in the food system in Finland.

Beef Finland 2012

Seung ho Lee

Microfactory   is a project centered around designing domestic manufacturing machinery. The project allows people to make their own products at home easily as well as share their own designs. By focusing on concepts of open-source design and the principles of reusing materials around the home, Micro Factory looks to use design to develop new manufacturing methods, which benefit society as a whole.


We use lots of product over our whole lifetime. Sometimes a product lasts long and sometimes it doesn’t. In other words, products around us always change. They are disposed for different reasons such as the product damage, dying, or just becoming useless. It is a problem that they easily die or break and then become waste. However in recent times, it is even more of a problem when the owner becomes easily bored with the product, rendering it useless and turning it to waste.

Obviously however not all objects are functionally essential, we can easily get bored with a product or buy the same product repeatedly. Why can’t the objects we use have the same value as our treasured items? Old pictures in a frame, my grandfather’s broken watch on my wardrobe. If I make a product by myself, can it be better? Maybe. By engaging in its manufacture I can understand the issues the product faces when it is broken and my wife would also like it, because I made it.

Dae Kyung Ahn

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