The Kitchen in a Fridge

A kitchen in a fridge... a solution to a non-existent problem?
A kitchen in a fridge... a solution to a non-existent problem?

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Anyone who has lived in an apartment or rental accommodation has had to deal with an inadequate kitchen at some time in their life.  The constant need to work around a general lack of shelf or cupboard space and no space left for a refrigerator.

The Meneghini La Cabusa
The Meneghini La Cabusa

Kitchens also factor strongly into renovations – crafting the room that is, in many ways, the centre of the home can be a costly but worthwhile labour of love. Unless you have unlimited funds, some luxuries will, by necessity, have to be compromised on – a gas cook-top instead of induction, a cheaper oven, a smaller refrigerator – but those problems are minor and easily overcome.

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Italian manufacturer, Meneghini has come up with a kitchen solution to a problem that doesn’t exist to all but a few wealthy people – that problem being an over-abundance of kitchen space and money. The La Cambusa unit is a customisable refrigerator and pantry.

After shelling out an initial $26,000 for the wooden frame, purchasers can then customise the inside with all manner of gadgets, including a Miele coffee machine, microwave and steam oven, Liebherr refrigerator, ice maker, temperature controlled pantry and even a flat screen TV.

A fully kitted out La Cambusa costs around $41,500, is 8.2ft wide (just under 2.5 metres) and weighs a kilogram shy of half a tonne. For all the size of the unit, the refrigerator inside is on the small side, making it a little impractical at best.

A solution to a problem that doesn't exist
A solution to a problem that doesn’t exist

Although obviously aimed at the super rich, the La Cambusa doesn’t really seem to have a point – if you can afford $41,500 for a glorified fridge and cupboard you can probably afford to renovate a kitchen and employ a cook. If you can’t, then it’s a pointless extravagance. Meneghini have created a solution for a problem that doesn’t really exist, and, in my opinion, it’s not even a very good one at that. What do you think?  Use the ‘Comments Box’ below to share your opinion.

BTW, to see what you can do for a lot less than $41,500, why not look at the Eichler Make-over


  1. I agree, there is no reason for this at all, at $41,000, you can easily do a fairly in depth reno of the kitchen, so waste of money,
    Just a second thought, if you have the $40+ thousand you perhaps are not living in a small enough place to require this unit, unless you have a stand alone building you wish to do up for rentaing>>>>>>

  2. Hi Wendy,

    I personally think a ‘beer fridge’ is going to get better use in a pool house or snooker room and a teenager is going to prefer a stand where the PS3, WII, XBox and iPhone/S3 can be displayed :)

  3. Hi Wayne,

    Even for a rental situation (or should I say ESPECIALLY), $42k is going to provide a whole kitchen eating area and a whole lot more.