Small Fridges Make Good Cities

Can the choices we make in our own homes make a difference in our neighbourhoods?  This concept space aims to heighten the experience of the urban harvest where seasonality, once again, can resume its place in architecture and the city.

By way of a fully re-usable custom installation – first deployed at The 2007 Interior Design Show in Toronto – Small Fridges Make Good Cities was born as a physical response to the conditions brought upon urban lifestyles confronting many North American cities, and how interiors may in fact affect positive change towards more vibrant communities. The installation was on view in 2007 as part of the featured exhibit ‘Offspring: Inspired by Nature,’ four installations created by young designers who had positioned themselves as part of the ongoing lineage of renowned Toronto designers, and a community of emerging talent in Canada’s largest city.

Small Fridges Make Good Cities centered itself around an archetypal living space which aimed to reaffirm the heart of home; a place where family and friends would gather to enjoy eating, socializing and working together – an ideal backdrop where everyday pleasures blur with everyday tasks.  The space was paneled in rift-cut white oak walls, with reclaimed wood floors and beamed ceiling, and large windows inviting the light and colours of the seasons to infiltrate the space. The warmth of the wood was set against powdercoated lasercut metal elements including a breakformed backsplash and embedded shelving brackets with turned wood rails in an effort to allow fresh food, preserves, crockery and utensils to reclaim their seasonal presence in the kitchen. Custom designed pieces include the 12 ft.-long Urban Harvest Table made of thick solid white oak with an integrated CNC-carved dish providing a space to gather up the neighbourhood’s catch of the day. In many ways, our hope is for a space to capture the spirit of a living still-life.