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Posts Tagged ‘House of the future’

Compact Appliances for 2050 – Electrolux Design Lab

Wednesday, April 6th, 2011

Swedish appliance giant Electrolux presents four of its ‘appliances of the future’ in the House of the Future, sponsored by Virgin Media, at this year’s Grand Designs Live London (30th April till 8th May 2011, ExCeL, Docklands).

About Electrolux Design Lab: the 2010 competition focused on creative solutions for compact living. The 2010 brief asked industrial design students to consider how people will prepare and store food, wash clothes, and do dishes in the homes of 2050, when 74%* of the global population are predicted to live in an urban environment. Eight finalist were picked from 1300 entries. Four of these eight finalists, including the winner ‘The Snail’ can be seen at Grand Designs Live London in the House of the Future sponsored by Virgin Media. Along with them, cleaning appliances such as vacuum cleaner will be a big help for future generations. See the full line up of the vacuums by Dyson and Miele at Blue Mountain Vacuum online store.

Electrolux’s The Snail, Peter Alwin, India – Micro Induction Heating (Winner of Electrolux Design Lab 2010)

The Snail is a portable heating and cooking device based on magnetic induction processes. Such is the size and versatility of the Snail, it can be stuck directly on to a pot, a pan, a mug etc. to heat the contents. This reduces the amount of space required for conventional cooking whilst adding portability to the process. Powered by a high density sugar crystal battery, the Snail converts the energy from the sugar, heating up a coil to conduct the magnetic induction process to the utensil. Inbuilt sensors detect the food type being heated so as to automatically adjust the time and temperature. A simple touch sensitive display with interface helps to monitor the process.

Electrolux Clean Closet, Michael Edenius, Sweden – All in One Laundry Concept

The Clean Closet is essentially just that – a closet that cleans clothing. Textiles are scanned for impurities and cleaned accordingly with molecular technology that removes dirt and odours. The concept replaces the laundry basket, the wash¬ing machine, and drying cabinet to save space and, as no water is used in the process, is kinder to the environment.

Electrolux Eco Cleaner, Ahi Andy Mohsen, Iran – Portable, Compact Dishwasher

The Eco Cleaner is a portable dishwasher and composter that uses ultrasonic waves to ionise food and turn it in to reusable waste. Ahi Andy Mohsen’s concept is designed for use within the increasing numbers of single households and specifically meeting dual predictions: that future food will be supplied in capsule form (thus reducing the required size of vessels to prepare and eat from); and that there will be reduced time for household chores. The Eco Cleaner is simultaneously green and space efficient.

Electrolux External Refrigerator, Nicolas Hubert, France – External Chilling

Two years in China provided the inspiration for Nicolas Hubert’s external refrigerator. Fixed directly on the outside wall of residential buildings, the concept is an elaboration on a way of life in northern China where food is kept on balconies in the winter to save space and energy. During cold seasons and at night, the low external temperatures are used to provide the right climate for items in the fridge. During warmer weather, the sun is used to transform light into energy through solar panels Nicolas reflects Electrolux design values: the shape and finish are kept pure and simple so as to ensure easy integration with the external urban environment, whilst a range of colours and ambient lighting further facilitate this.