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The Top 25 Entries of Electrolux Design Lab 2010

Posted: 14 Jun 2010 06:40 AM PDT

It's not always easy to predict the future, but if we are asked to design for a particular scenario, then the job gets easy. For its 2010 competition, Electrolux Design Lab went with the theme: The 2nd Space Age; this essentially translating to designing a home environment for the year 2050, when 74% of the global population are predicted to live in urban areas. Student designers had to predict how people will prepare and store food, wash clothes, and do dishes. Quite a task but plenty of surprises from across the globe! Here are the Finalist 25, the countdown has begun!

Before I give you the randomly listed 25 designs, here's a bit of background on the theme: The idea is to design an appliance or a suite of appliances that will help combat the space crunch, limited resources plus advocate energy savings at the same time.

25) A- Laundry: Community Laundry Concept by Kai Wai Lee

Kitchens And Appliances Of The Future - Announcing The Top 25 Entries of Electrolux Design Lab 2010

A communal laundry for the entire apartment block! Space saving indeed but what makes it different from the usual Laundromats is that there are individual laundry baskets for each family to take home, fill up with the dirty clothes, to bring back and wash.

24) Bio Robot Refrigerator by Yuriy Dmitriev


The Bio Robot fridge cools biopolymer gel through luminescence and uses non sticky, odorless gel to envelope stored food as individual pods. Sans doors and drawers, the fridge can be oriented vertical or horizontal, as per the home requirements.

23) Bio Tank, Robotic 'FishWasher' by Akifusa Nakazawa


The Bio Tank does the dishes, is a pet and a composter…all-in-one! The Robotic fish cleans up the dish, turns the food and grime into bio fuel. It filters to clean the water, meaning no replacing the dirty water either…coz there won't be any!

22) Bx7 Preparation Unit by Losif Mihailo


Don't pack in vitamin pills like Samantha in Sex and The City 2, instead gorge on capsules of zinc, calcium, magnesium, or carbohydrates with water to for nutritious juice!

21) Clean Closet – All in One Laundry Concept by Michael Edenius


This is the closet of the future so it has the right to include cleaning facilities in it! So basically when you hang your clothes, the internal scanner scans it for dirt and cleans it accordingly and at the end of the cycle you got fresh, hung clothes in a closet.

20) In-home Clothing Printer by Joshua Harris


It’s the future and you absolutely have the right to print and wear your own clothes. I wonder if this means I can print my own Dior Couture and LV fashion when I’m in 2050!

19) Community Fridge by Pedro Sanin Perez


Taking community living to another level is this share-your-fridge concept. Each house gets its own space in a large community refrigerator that takes charge of the refreshments and groceries. Crunch in your code, details of what you want to snack on and your personal fridge dispenses the goodies via the common dispensing shaft. I know many of you may want to bicker about this concept, coz it's got many pros and cons; I'll put this one up as an individual post with details, later. So hold your breath till then.

18) Dismount Washer – Wash & Go Laundry by Lichen Guo


The Dismount Washer combines the laundry basket and the washing machine drum into one. Basically you hook up the washing drum onto the wall mountable motor (or 'energy stick') and let it do its business. The concept addresses only the space-crunch aspect of the modern world.

17) Eco Cleaner by Ahi Andy Mohsen


As discussed earlier, the Eco Cleaner cleans the dishes and turns the dirt to compost for plants. It also predicts a future where meals will be more easier to cook as capsules!

16) Elements Modular Kitchen by Mathew Gilbride


All-In-One Kitchen Shelving is a modular system with wall-mounted appliances that provide flexible modes of cooking, refrigeration, air conditioning, lighting, and environmental design. All this so that you have more prime space to call home! More details on this cool project soon!

15) External Chilling – External Refrigerator by Nicolas Hubert


This refrigerator is a unit meant to be installed outdoors, as in the balcony. It's meant to take advantage of the changing weather; in winters the low temps outdoors require the fridge to consume lesser energy to keep foods fresh and during the summers, solar panels harness the goodness of the sun!

14) Freedge – The Inside-Out Fridge by Matthew McNaughton


Quite similar to the External Chilling, Freedge too is based on the concept of harnessing the goodness of the winter months to the food's advantage. However this design sees the iteration of a pull out drawer rather than wall mounting.

13) GAIA Wall Mounted Air Purification by Anit Kumar


Anit from India is probably too aware of the health issue thanks to our polluted environment. Dust and grime are a part of our daily routine here. His offering to the Design Lab Competition is the GAIA Root, a wall mounted 'personal ecosystem' that creates energy from a living wall of plants providing air circulation, air purification and temperature control. Hot, humid and dusty Mumbai so needs this!

12) The Snail Micro Induction Heating System by Peter Alwin


Using high density sugar crystal battery for power, the Snail heats up food via magnetic induction. Latching onto utensils externally, the appliance uses its inbuilt sensors to detect the type of food and thus set the heating time and intensity.

11) The Inflower – Small Laundry Cleaning Units by Jianjiang Yin


Inflower is this compact handheld unit that works as a cleaner of stains sans water. Solar powered, the unit uses nano technology to clean clothes and even doubles up as an air purifier for stored clothes.

10) Instinct Vacuum Cleaner by Berty Bhuruth


The Sheep-like Cleaner is a robotic vacuum cleaner concept that visualizes the room it has to clean in 3D and then charts its course of action. It will even satisfy your cravings for a robotic pet! Just Kidding!

9) The Kitchen Hideaway by Daniel Dobrogorsky


Virtual Reality comes to the kitchen! Imagine thinking of a delicious 3-course meal and robotic chefs in a communal kitchen laboring over the stove to cook it! That's the future..2050! Headset, imagination and obedient robots is all that you need.

8 ) Lupe Hand Held Washing Machine by Il-seop So


I'm biased but I simply adore the idea of washing, ironing & drying in one go! Lesser time spent on cleaning means more on the computer for me!

7) Mesh Cooker – Expandable Oven & Hob by Lucian Cucu


The Mesh Cooker is a portable device that uses retractable aluminum and expandable Teflon to a variety of foods. The Mesh Cooker can be placed on a table or anywhere near a socket to plug it in. The cooker doubles up as an oven with a cooking plate – heating food within or on top depending on how you like it. When not in use the Mesh Cooker folds away in to a 30 x 10 cm space.

6) MESO- Food Injection by Bogdan Ionita


I'm a little spooked by the Meso, but I guess it has to do with my fear for needles. What the Meso proposes is a device that directly injects nutrients to your blood stream after determining what food groups you require. This may be ok for the folks in 2050, but I'd still want to bite into a juicy burger…It's got all the nutrition I need!

5) Space Saving Kitchen Range – Modular Kitchen Appliance by Shin Woosup


What a wonderful idea, one modular appliance that is efficient enough to prepare the entire breakfast. A toaster, a kettle and an induction hob, that's what the Modular Kitchen Appliance is all about!

4) Preserved Egg Sweep Robot by Kai Dung


Four Balls, no pun intended, clean up your home for you; recharge at a base station and behave like tennis balls on the clay court. Confused? Don't be, I'm talking about the Preserved Egg Sweep Robot. Enjoy the service while you can.

3) The Drum Washing Machine by Andras Suto


Another heavy-duty Communal Laundry System that allows the community to share the washing facilities. Basically it features an extractable washing machine drum that doubles up as a laundry basket for transportation between home and wash-area.

2) Zephyr Integrated Laundry System by Dulyawat Wongnawa


Zephyr is a storage unit that cleans clothes using 'Airwash' technology (with ozone being created to remove bacteria and odors, as currently found in industrial cleaning) and steam to remove wrinkles.

1) Qumi Flexible Cooking Unit by Ilia Vostrov


Qumi is a fold out universal kitchen set that can be used for heating, frying and steaming a wide variety of food types (including water based meals such as soup). Its supposed to be hung up on the induction charging hook, when not in use. The concept features no display or control panel, and all instructions are supposed to be processed via mobile devices in the network ready home of the future.

These were the 25 smashing projects, some of which you got a glimpse of before, some that we’ll discuss in detail later. The final countdown will have 8 finalists battling it out in September, in London. They will be invited to present their concept to a jury of expert designers. The first prize of a six-month paid internship at an Electrolux global design centre and 5,000 Euros. A second prize of 3,000 Euros and third prize of 2,000 Euros are also on offer.


Posted: 14 Jun 2010 06:15 AM PDT

If you don't want embarrassing alarms like that screaming in your face, then its best you quit that cigarette! In countries like India, smoking in public places is banned, but people seldom comply with the rules. This means you will find folks lighting up at bus stops, sidewalks and even parks where children play. Unlike Japan many countries don't have designated smoking zones, so the only plausible solution is to have large smoke alarms that scream embarrassing sirens and chants, forcing you to put-out the stick. Saving you from passive smoking in the bargain! I'm all for the No-Smoking Alarm System For Public Spaces!

Designer: Jin Ho Kim

No-Smoking Alarm System For Public Spaces by Jin Ho Kim




I’m a Little Teapot

Posted: 14 Jun 2010 01:39 AM PDT

Far from short and stout, the Rocking Teapot explores design behind intuition and perceived function. Everyone tips a teapot to pour it so why not integrate that function into the design? In many cultures tea ceremonies are tradition and time honored. The need for design to assist in the simple act of pouring and serving is personal and holds emotional meanings, not to mention beautiful.

Designer: Betina Piqueras

My Rocking Teapot by Betina Piqueras




Robot Cyclops is Friendly

Posted: 14 Jun 2010 01:34 AM PDT

Meet Myon, a humanoid robot created by Studio Frackenpohl Poulheim and the Neurorobotics Research Laboratory at the Humboldt-Universit├Ąt zu Berlin. Myon represents years of work show casing the latest advances in artificial intelligence and motor skills. Even the shell exudes high-tech awesomeness with its thermoformed properties. We first heard about Myon at the DMY International Design Festival Berlin and suddenly got nostalgic about the now defunct Sony QRIO. They could have been friends y’all!

Designer: Frackenpohl Poulheim

Humanoid Robot Myon by Frackenpohl Poulheim




A Flowery Garden for your Tabletop

Posted: 14 Jun 2010 12:14 AM PDT

How would you like to get your hands on the soft, anti-slippery, easy to be cleaned pieces of rubber that are going to change you life?! Not a sex toy. No! These are for dinner, lunch, and breakfast. Made of some excellent silicone that’s all those features I just listed plus colorful, these are the buds of the “Sunflower” project. Made in different pallets of colors for the changing green seasons, these table pads are made in sizes appropriate for cups, plates, and any manner of pods.

When I say pods, I of course mean pots, pans, chip bowls, all of that fun stuff. It’s interesting that these flowers come in different combinations of colors, (that is, different single colors that you can combine based on season, party, whatever you feel like coloring your world on any given day,) as each of them is basically the same shape. Thus, given the shape, one must assume they are all the same flower.

But the same flower only has one season, right? Right, for the most part, but lo! Check it out – these pads only represent the idea of a flower, and only happen to have the specific name SUNflower. In fact, feel free to collect any number of colors and pop them out whenever you please.

Interesting note: check out how these fold up and out and clip. Rectangular to sun-like. Compact to a spread out beauty. Just like seed and flower. How pretty pretty pretty! And easy to store, yes!

Designer: Sunny Chung for Toast Living





This is No “Dirt” Lamp

Posted: 14 Jun 2010 12:10 AM PDT

This is the “Wash Lamp,” as designed by Alex Kovatchev. Can you guess by just peeking at the first image here what it’s made out of? That’s right! it’s the drum from a washing machine! That part, you know, where you put all the clothing in? That’s a big barrel with holes in it. And where the water goes in and out when there’s washing, now light moves to and fro in the free world! And the best part is, there’s three different lamps here, all made of recycled stuff.

Or do you like the term “up-cycled?” Here we’ve got a pendant lamp, an ottoman (my favorite,) and a wall light. These are fantastic and would be at home anywhere from the flea market to the high-end furniture store. You betcha. Excellent idea, excellent execution. Light on!

Designer: Alex Kovatchev

Wash Lamp by Alex Kovatchev




How Quiet the Office Life

Posted: 14 Jun 2010 12:03 AM PDT

If you spend the majority of your life in the office, you’ve gotta know what it means to be distracted by sound. You sit in that office five days a week, the same cube, things that would normally go over your head become utterly powerful annoyances. Your production time goes down, your quality of life goes down. How do you stay up? You get inside your “Cocoon” of sound. That’s right! Block the madness with the loving glowing loving glow of either white noise or music of your choice.

This lovely pad works by being strapped to whichever seat you use on a regular basis. You sit down and bam! You’ve got instant comfort with the pad on your back, then bam! You’ve got your white noise OR music of your choice via the activated Cocoon. The device gets its power from batteries that can be charged up through USB, which is where you can also access the music (or OCEAN SOUNDS, yay!) that you want to project to you, and only you, helping you work as hard as you can!

It’s important to note, too, that you can use this with any chair with a back. The Cocoon is good for more than just the office. Check out that swimming picture below. It’s pretty obvious to me that if Michael Phelps had the opportunity at the time he won his billion metals to use the Cocoon instead of that ol’ crappy iPod, he totally would have! Right?

Designer: Natalia Romanova

Cocoon personal sound-screen system by Romanova Natalia





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