In second place is the Bio Robot Refrigerator, which replaces the clunky, space-wasting door and drawer-based body with a non-sticky, odorless polymer gel. The gel morphs around groceries, suspending them at their optimum temperature. This design eliminates the need for a motor, allowing 90 percent of the appliance to be spent on its intended purpose, and is four times smaller than a standard fridge. The suspension system is secure enough that the unit can be hung vertically, horizontally, or even from the ceiling.
Russian designer Yuriy Dmitriev said he was inspired the "home-trees" in the 1954 sci-fi novel "The Houses of Iszm" by Jack Vance. The Bio Robot Refrigerator won the People's Choice award by popular vote on the Electrolux Design Lab website.