In the future, refrigerators will store food in gross-looking gel

This is Russian designer Yuriy Dmitriev's take on the future of the humble refrigerator. Forget everything you know about fridges with shelves and doors and cooling. You don't need any of that. You just need a creepy green gel.

So, what is that stuff? The Electrolux blog — which lists Dmitriev's concept as one of 25 semifinalists for this year's Electrolux Design Lab contest — describes it as a "biopolymer gel," or more specifically a "non-sticky, odorless gel." You simply plunge whatever you want to keep fresh into the mass of your Bio Robot fridge and it'll stay where you left it until you come back.

The concept may be out there, but you have to admit it's an attractive idea. Imagine a kitchen without a big, clunky fridge, but instead something sleek, slim and colorful like the Bio Robot. Then again, when you have company over they'd be able to analyze your diet at a glance. Hey, Dmitriev, I know you're tearing down refrigerator walls here, but maybe we can still keep the door?

Here's a bigger version you can click on: Bio-Robot-fridge-01.jpg

Electrolux, via Yanko Design