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This refrigerator is a copper construction with sterling silver lettering (HARRIETE BERMAN), hinges, latch, and interior details. Nickel plate wire shelves automatically extend as door is opened. This is not a found object but carefully constructed as a commentary on the perceived value of the manufactured objects. The entire piece is made by hand from sheet and wire. 

It is a HB Refrigerator instead of GE General Electric refrigerator and is intended to be a commentary about industrial design, planned obsolescence and the values of our consumer society.

Dimensions: 9" height x  6" width x  6"depth

I first made this appliance because I thought you could tell so much about people's lives by opening up their refrigerator.
LOOK INSIDE  to see a close - up view of the many features including a built in telephone, and T.V. freezer without a trace of frost. There is also a toothbrush holder, and radio clock on the door.  The shelf automatically extends as you open the refrigerator.  

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Here is the AD (below) designed to accompany Eating Out of the RefrigeratorThis "ad" parodies the advertising of domestic appliances, and describes the many features of appliance design and the concept of planned obsolescence.

Private Collection
Copyright 1982 Harriete Estel Berman

 

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