The Electrolux Design Lab Competition is an annual competition that challenges designers to envision the future of household appliances - and this year's contest focused on designs for cooking and entertaining in small spaces. Out of 1,700 applicants from 60 different countries, eight fantastic finalists have been chosen. From a 3d printer for food to house-cleaning micro robots, holographic chefs and breathing walls, read on for a look at this year's finalists!
3F is a vacuum cleaner designed by Germain Verbrackel, an industrial design student at the Ecole de Design Nantes Atlantique in France. It can change and mutate to suit the task required and it provides three main functions: it cleans, it disinfects, and it freshens the air in your home. Its sleek and changing shape is designed to save space in compact environments, and the vacuum cleaner can also move on its own!
The Breathing Wall is an indoor air exchanger designed by Jeabyun Yeon, a Product Design student at the Samsung Art and Design Institute in South Korea. The Breathing Wall seeks to relieve stress by helping people recall more pleasant times in the their lives by providing the type of air associated with those pleasant times. When you enter the information of a pleasant past situation into the Breathing Wall, it turns the indoor atmosphere into the air environment of that time while the wall displays movements such as breathing of fish to allow the user to feel that happy moment through five senses.
Nutrima is a tool to analyze what’s in your food designed by Janne Palovuori, an Industrial Design student at the Helsinki Metropolia University of Applied Sciences in Finland. Nutrima calculates nutritional value, possible toxins and freshness of prepared food or fresh ingredients. Nutrima would also be available via a mobile app, allowing people to use it on a trip to the grocery store or when they eat out at a restaurant. The associated Nutrimapper app allows you to share the information you gather about a certain grocery store or a restaurant, giving people a chance to support establishments that score well in nutrition and freshness.
The OZ-1 is an air purifier designed by Wei Kiat Law, a Product Design Student at the School of Art, Design and Media at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore. The OZ-1 has a dual air purifying capability. It releases oxidants to neutralize harmful gases in the air and uses a HEPA filter to trap dust particles. It also removes cigarette smoke from the air and traps and neutralizes unpleasant odors before they get on your clothing. The device is small enough that you can hide it under your collar or wear it as a necklace.
The Kitchen Hub is a device to help monitor food consumption designed by Francisco Barboza Grasa, a Mechanical Engineering student at IED in Italy. There are four aspects to the Kitchen Hub. The first is the Nutritional Plate, which shows the appropriate serving size customized for the user. The second is the Food Stock tool, which shows how much food you have in the house. The third is the Smart Shopping tool, which allows you to shop for groceries online from your home, keeping in mind the current amount of food you have in stock. And the final component of the Kitchen Hub is the Recipes tool, which displays recipes that use the ingredients you have in your home and allows you to prioritize using ingredients close to their expiration date in an effort to avoid waste.
Mab is a collection of mini-robots that clean your house designed by Adrian Perez Zapata, a student at the Universidad San Buenaventura Medellin and the Universidad Pontifica Bolivariana in Colombia. Mab can be filled up with a preferred cleaning solution and set on a weekly cleaning cycle – perfect for the busy urbanite. Mab connects to your computer and internet so it can report its progress. It is designed to completely free up the urban resident from worrying about cleaning his or her apartment.
Global Chef is a kitchen appliance that uses hologram technology designed by Dawid Dawod, a Product Design student at the Umeå Institute of Design in Sweden. Global Chef enables people to cook together regardless of distance. It is designed for the increasing number of single householders who want to have a social cooking experience. The user can cook with random people across the globe discovering new culinary experiences, join cooking classes or have dinner parties with far away friends and family. The product transfers smell, reduces kitchen noise while in use and matches users based on available ingredients placed in a smart bowl that senses the food.
The Atomium is a 3D food printer designed by Luiza Silva, a student at the Federal University of Technology in Brazil. Atomium develops meals based on the users’ preferences for flavor and food shape. Kids can draw up a sketch of an object and the Atomium will recognize the object/sketch by scanning it and then print it in 3D, choosing molecular ingredients to construct a nutritionally balanced meal based on user´s medical history. The Atomium uses a finger digital identification to recognize the user and connect itself with newest personal data, such as medical checkups and daily activities that can influence the nutritional needs of the user´s body.
About the competition
The eight Electrolux Design Lab Competition finalists offer products in the three subcategories of the competition: Social Cooking, Natural Air and Effortless Cleaning. The top winners will be chosen at the final event hosted in Stockholm on October 16. The first place winner will receive 5,000 Euros and a six-month paid internship at an Electrolux global design centre; second prize is 3,000 Euros; and third prize is 2,000 Euros.
A new component to the 2013 competition is the People’s Choice Award where the public can vote for their favorite finalist at the Design Lab website and also take part in a contest where they can win a unique culinary experience. After choosing their favorite, the vote can be shared in Twitter by telling why this concept is something they would like to have in their homes in the future. The tweets with the most creative and convincing answers will have the chance to win a unique experience in a restaurant with Electrolux appliances in either Madrid, Singapore or São Paulo.