The Kitchen in a Fridge

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

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

4 COMMENTS

  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>>>>>>

    • 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.

    • 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 🙂

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