by , 08/01/06

electrolux design lab competition 2006

If you dream of the day when the microwave oven meets an ugly demise, you’ll love the theme of Electrolux’s Design Lab 2006 competition. The challenge this year is to design food preparation and preservation appliances that would help the consumer of 2016 “change bad eating habits to healthy eating habits.” So, goodbye microwave, hello…whatever it is you raw foodies need in the kitchen.

Electrolux has long been an innovator of sleek, energy-saving household appliances. In 2004 the company won Italy’s Ecohitech award for a washing machine that uses a low amount energy, water and detergent, and whose material is easily disassembled and reused/recycled. So, it’s no surprise that the winning entry in Design Lab 2005 was the Airwash, a waterless washing machine that uses negative ions and compressed air to clean clothes.

The deadline for submissions is August 18th. Even if you’re not a design student, check out the web site, which has photos of previous submissions. And it couldn’t hurt for us all to ponder Electrolux’s question: “How can our appliances promote a healthy lifestyle and healthy eating habits?”

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  1. Tom Kohanski August 30, 2006 at 6:45 am

    If all companies moved jobs to Mexico like Electrolux, who is going to buy appliances anyways ?

  2. Cheire August 21, 2006 at 2:43 am

    We are in the process of trying to get people with vision to remodel our kitchen. We have been telling them to open up the entire space-living room music area and make it a big kitchen. When I saw the Electrolux presentation on HGTV I said YES this is what we want. When we moved into our home 16 years ago we were able to work with the builder and made an open kitchen great room. This at that time was a new concept at least in Florida. Now we want the living-kitchen concpt and found it does exist with Electrolux. We are going to show our “remodelers” we are not nuts. Hopefully we can get what we want.

  3. Daniel August 7, 2006 at 8:20 pm

    No thanks…ever since Electrolux moved their company from my hometown of Greenville, MI to Mexico, anything Electrolux put’s a sour taste in my mouth.

    More info here:

  4. GK August 5, 2006 at 1:33 pm

    Is this a real design competition, or is posting a comment here all there is to it? How about an explanation?

  5. JP August 2, 2006 at 3:44 pm

    I hate to sound rude but I don’t really think that your suggestion is really in spirit of the competition – perhaps a little more outside the box next time?

  6. Eric August 2, 2006 at 1:53 pm

    How about nothing? The healthiest choice people can make in their snacking is to opt for raw fruits and vegetables.

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