Obviously, the appeal here is that three appliances have been integrated into one compact unit. But combining water, electricity, and fire all together seems like a disaster. Although I suppose if your stove catches your refrigerator on fire, you could put it out with the water from the sink.
Seriously though, as a person who cooks, it is hard to imagine trying to wash dishes while cooking on the stove. It seems like soapy water would splash into your bacon while bacon grease pops into your clean dishes. I suspect that this is a case of inconvenience masquerading as convenience, like how multitasking can actually slow you down.
|all-in-one sink, stove, and refrigerator|
A cleaner moon
|women of the future will make the moon a cleaner place to live|
An idea of the future had by the past
|in space the refrigerators will be blue, green, or white|
Cabinet refrigeratorsThe built in cabinet refrigerator is one of my favorite artifacts from the past. I am not sure why it didn't become popular enough to stick around. I'd guess they were more expensive, and I am sure harder to install (I have installed a microwave that hung above a stove and that was a bit of a pain...hard to imagine picking up a refrigerator and mounting it without several men and at least a days work, but then again I'm not a pro). Maybe there was just too much competition for cabinet space. Maybe it took a special outlet built into the wall. Whatever the reason we don't all have cabinet refrigerators, just picture never having to crouch to reach into the bottom vegetable drawers.
|it just seems so convenient|
Convenient?Check out this old Colston dishwasher. It takes up a lot of counter space, yet it doesn't hold many dishes. I do have to come out as a secret dishwasher hater though; as a kid, we didn't have a dishwasher. I don't think we got one until I was 15 or 16, and since dishes were my chore, I got used to doing them by hand. Nowadays, even if my apartment has a dishwasher, I still do them by hand (or leave them in the sink for too long).
This sink island is charming, but its lack of counter space for cooking preparation or serving limits its functionality. Decor customization was also limited with this unit, as it came with its cabinetry installed underneath.