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Antoni Pakowski

MA work

AURA – Curated Refrigeration

Project Aura is a new modular approach to refrigerated food storage. The project addresses the limitations of the physical embodiment of the refrigerator. The primary purpose of Aura is to place food as the center piece of the kitchen, leading to the visual curation of stored food. Starting from aerogel insulation, all the way to a dynamic lighting system, all components are designed to amplify the experience of owning fresh produce.

The design of the refrigerator has not changed significantly since its invention in the 1920s. Even though existing systems are sufficiently comfortable to remain in use, our needs have changed since the '20s. Aura’s modular approach allows users to tailor the system to their needs, and allows to scale power consumption to the amount of produce entailed. Aura utilizes an innovative forced convection system, which is capable of cooling produce more efficiently.

To disrupt the outdated guidepost design of the refrigerator, Aura merges innovative technologies to create a progressive approach to food storage for the upcoming future.


  • MA Degree


    School of Design


    MA Innovation Design Engineering, 2016

  • Design can strongly influence the life of others. It can be used to drive change and progress. To me personally, design is a tool which gives me the ability to to pursue my own passions, and work on my own agenda. I am strongly driven by issues of sustainability, and know that our current consumption patterns cannot be maintained in the long run. In order to become sustainable, we need to look past current guideposts. There is a need for addressing problems from an eco-innovative approach. This requires the onset of a different mindset when solving problems, which forces us to break out of current design patterns. Problem solving of this nature, intrigues and captivates me, and is a strong driving force behind who I am as a designer. 

  • Degrees

  • MSc Engineering Design, University of Bath, 2014; BEng Mechanical Engineering, University of Lancaster, 2013
  • Experience

  • Process engineer, PM Group, Warsaw, 2013; Process analyst, Albea Group, Warsaw, 2012; Engineer, Fenix Systems, Warsaw, 2011; Tutor, ARP School of Art, Warsaw, 2008–11
  • Awards

  • Royal Commission for the Exhibition of 1851 Industrial Design Studentship, 2014–16 ; Innovation RCA Patent Fellowship, 2016; James Dyson Fellowship Nominee, 2016
  • Publications

  • Pakowski, A. and Cao, D., "Effect of soil deformability on off-road vehicle ride dynamics," SAE International Journal of Commercial Vehicles, 6(2), 2013