Want a washing machine in your home, but worried that it’ll take up more space than you have to spare? Well, Electrolux Design Lab debuted some awesome new pint-sized conceptual designs for washing machines called SHINE at Milan Design Week that might be just the solution. These small, sleek laundry units are designed with an awareness of our movement towards more compact living spaces. One is designed for integration into a bathroom, and the other is so mini, it can be hung on a wall!
You can see in the photo above that the wall-mountable version really is much tinier than a conventional washer and really isn’t even recognizable as the bulky machines of yore. The ring of LED lights around the door functions as a visual indicator of the machine’s process, and provides a signal when the cycle is done. The high gloss finish and the styling of the laundry machines are intended for a space where they are going to be regularly visible.
Both models are designed so that they can be integrated into a small living space that may not have a separate laundry room (read: your cramped city apartment). The wall mounted unit will only be able to do a small load of laundry at a time, but would only use less than a gallon of water per load.
Since they are concept pieces, there is not yet any information about the energy consumption of either of these, but we really hope that Electrolux goes the extra step to make them energy efficient.