"Mini-refrigerators suck," says Ravi Sawhney, founder and CEO of California-based design firm RKS. After hunting for an office fridge, he set out to build one that didn't require getting down on all fours to access. The resulting MyFridge, with its sliding drawer, lets users snatch food from above. Though it's still in the prototype phase, Sawhney's experimentation has already paid off: He's replicated some of its best features in recent RKS commissions.
A version of this article appeared in the September 2012 issue of Fast Company magazine.