I'm sure the industrial designers behind this 1956 refrigerator had the best of intentions. Installed at the bottom of the appliance's door, the Big Bin promised unfettered access ['no fumbling, groping, or reaching'] to the vegetable crisper. But nobody said anything about bending, stooping, or squatting—one of which actions would seem necessary to use the Bin. Not to mention you'd have to step back when opening the fridge, or risk bruised shins. Then there's the issue of temperature fluctuation in the door storage. Let's just say that I'm glad the Big Bin had but a brief presence on the major appliance stage.
Leslie Clagett is a seasoned yet passionate observer of the international kitchen
and bath industries, and the founder of KBCULTURE.com. An editor at publications ranging from Arts +
Architecture to Kitchens & Baths, she is also the author of The New
City Home [The Taunton Press], among other books. Leslie has a
tremendous respect for quality design and the people who labor in its
pursuit; her discerning eye has been known to get a little misty in the
presence of true beauty.