how can I design a
better way to store fruits and vegetables?
this project is an ongoing project with Firstbuild during my year at GE Appliances, a haier company
Many fruits and vegetables such as bananas, avocados and citrus are best stored at a temperature between a refrigerator's and room temperature. A counter top appliance that offers this function would bring a valuable experience to many users.
research revealed the optimal volume desired by users and a target price point for this product.
many users find themselves
throwing out produce
regularly due to over
ripening or rotting
many users desire to show off
their fruits as ornamentation
in their kitchens but don't want
to show rotten fruit.
users do not have much room
on their counters that they are
willing to dedicate to any
flexible bottom allows
space to ripen fruit.
better access to
bowl form is the most
familiar to most users.
The product might hang on the wall or
underneath a cabinet to save space
removable baskets allow for a optimal
use of space and customization
vertical configuration has smallest
foot print on counter but provides
several tiers of storage.
This concept uses a vertical form factor and removable baskets to create a dynamic experience. The baskets can be made using a food safe fabric to create a soft anti-bruising surface. Stiffer fabrics can be perforated or kerfed to make them flexible.
We are taking the bottom three concepts to
research to discover which is most desirable for
a consumer. We are proposing either a vertical form, a
horizontal form, or a bowl form.
A round form factor might be more familiar and
basket-like to users.
A horizontal form factor keeps the front of the counter
A vertical form factor allows stacking to save space.
WHO AM I DESIGNING FOR?
2nd ideation session
Concept 4 is aimed at making a dynamic form factor that has friendlier curves.
Made for corners
This design is in response to the frustration of trying to cater to various different consumer preferences of where they want their counter top appliances. It can be placed long side along the back of the counter, narrow profile forward from the back to the front of the surface, or perfectly into counter corners.