Electrolux Design Lab Finalists: 8 Brilliant Designs For The Space Age
For the last few years, the Electrolux Design Lab has called for student design submissions that prepare for the 'space age.' This isn't the outer space age, it's the interior space age, ones that millions of people are predicted to inhabit by the year 2050.
If you've been keeping up with these predictions, you know that these areas will be in or near large cities and almost 75 percent of the world's population will be inhabiting them. Where will these spaces come from, when these areas are already built up? Guaranteed, these spaces, or apartments, will be much smaller than they are now.
So, with space in mind as well as environmental and personal health concerns, the need for time conservation demanded by a more pressured society, the Electrolux Design Lab further challenged its designers...
These are the 8 finalist designs for 2010...
1. Clean Closet, All-In-One Laundry Concept by Michael Edenius, Sweden
No more back and forth to the cleaner. One might not even need a separate home washer and dryer with a Clean Closet. Those are the ideas behind the device. Hang your clothes in the Clean Closet, where they are scanned for impurities and custom cleaned, depending on the textile, with molecular technology that removes dirt and odors. Space and water saved!
2. Elements Modular Kitchen, All-In-One Kitchen Shelving, by Matthew Gilbride, USA
The Elements Modular Kitchen is a wall mounted multi-function appliance that draws its energy through wireless technology implanted in the wall and solar energy, as required. Here you have refrigerator compartments (with food-specific temperatures) as well as a stove, shelving, and lighting, that can be manipulated to suit each user through wireless smart networking.
3. External Refrigerator by Nicolas Hubert, France
External refrigeration is not uncommon in many countries during winter, but Hubert got his inspiration for this sleek design from living in northern China. But Hubert's refrigerator would remain outside, using the environment's cold air to help keep the food cold and, in warmer weather, using the sun's energy to power the refrigerator. Cool!
4. The Eco Cleaner - Portable, Compact Dishwasher, by Ahi Andy Mohsen, Iran
No need to pre-wash your dishes with the Eco Cleaner. This really efficient portable machine is also a composter that uses ultrasonic waves to ionize food, so it becomes re-usable waste. The capsule shape was inspired by the idea that food will eventually come in capsule form, therefore, reducing the need for serving implements, like plates and flatware.
5. Dismount Washer, Wash & Go Laundry, by Lichen Guo, China
Who needs a big clothes washer taking up floor space? Put your washer on the wall. Combining the washer and laundry basket concept, this Dismount Washer presumably comes with a set of vessels. Your washes would be smaller, but that's more manageable, isn't it? The 'energy stick,' or motor, is mounted on the wall, so once the clothes vessel is attached, it cleans... by steam!
6. Bio Robot Refrigerator, Yuriy Dmitriev, Russia
With no doors, no shelves, and no motor, the Bio Robot Refrigerator devotes 90 percent of its space to food. Really far out, but not at all unachievable, the Bio Robot cooling material is a biopolymer gel powered through luminescence. Considerably smaller than our fridges now, the Bio Robot can be mounted anywhere, even on the ceiling. Each item of food is separately cooled by individual biorobots and you can just pull it out of its pod to consume it.
7. The Kitchen Hideaway by Daniel Dobrogorsky, Australia
A virtual reality concept, the Kitchen Hideaway is a very futuristic one. It is purposed for a communal building, although it would seem that a commune is not a prerequisite... Because only one person actually uses the helmet to communicate with the robot chefs. The helmet user envisions him or herself preparing a meal with specific ingredients in specific steps in what would be a real kitchen. These thoughts are transmitted to robotic chefs who actually prepare meals for the whole building.
8. The Snail, Micro Induction Heater, by Peter Alwin, India
A clever little portable stove, the Snail makes it possible to cook or just heat your food without a stove or even a microwave. Just attach the Snail to a pot, a pan, or even a coffee mug and it will heat the content by induction heating. The Snail is powered by a high density sugar crystal battery and converts the energy from the sugar to heat the coil that transfers the heat to the utensil via magnetic induction. The sensors within the Snail automatically detect the time and temperature needed for the food; however, the gadget also has personal controls, should you wish to monitor the process.
Here's a great short video from the Electrolux Design Lab that gives you a feel for what the 8 finalist designs would be like in use....
This select group of 8 student designers will present their designs to a group of prestigious judges during the London 100% Design Show in September. They will decide this year's winner, who will be awarded a six-month paid internship at the Electrolux global design center, plus 5,000 Euros. Second place will receive 3,000 Euros, and third place, 2000 Euros.
Good luck to all of you! These are brilliant designs. (source)
Electrolux Design Lab winners are covered here for 2009 and 2008. If you would like to see all of the finalists for those years, visit 8 Electrolux Finalists for 2009, and the 9 Electrolux Finalists for 2008.