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Electrolux Design Lab Finals – Peter Alwin from India wins with his Micro-Induction Device “The Snail”


The SnailPeter Alwin

The Electrolux Design Lab 2010 competition started off with a promising crop of 1,300 entries from 50 different countries. Within months, it was whittled down to 25 semi-finalists. That number was further brought down to eight and finally, Peter Alwin from India with his micro induction heating appliance “The Snail” won the minds and hearts of the jury to clinch the prestigious title of Electrolux Design Lab winner 2010.


Peter Alwin’s “The Snail”

“The Snail” is a portable heating and cooking device that uses magnetic induction processes. The device can be applied directly on to a pot, a pan, or a mug, to heat the contents. This reduces the amount of space required for conventional cooking whilst offering users a portable solution.

The design won Peter Alwin €5,000 and a six-month paid internship at one of Electrolux global design centres.

Peter Alwin

Peter Alwin

According to the judges, Peter’s entry stood out because it was a well-researched concept that went beyond the brief that was given to the competitors. On top of being a solution for city dwellers, they said “The Snail” had a wider social potential. Comparing it to how the first mobile phone opened up opportunities, they said the appliance could even be used to connect remote areas with the rest of the world.

They added that Peter’s organic design was very unique and could be easily personalised with different colours and shapes.

Yuriv Dmitriev from Russia took second place as well as the People’s Choice Award for his Bio Robot Refrigerator while third place went to Matthew Gilbride from USA for his Elements Modular Kitchen.

This year marked Electrolux Design Lab’s eighth edition of its popular Electrolux Design Lab competition. Undergraduate and graduate industrial design students were invited to create home appliances that considered how people live, work and play in shrinking domestic spaces. The competition has had different themes and culminates in a new city every year at an international press event. Previous themes and venues were: 90 years ahead, London, 2009; Designs for the Internet generation, Zurich, 2008; Green designs, Paris, 2007; Designs for healthy eating, Barcelona, 2006; Designs of the future, Stockholm, 2005; Designs of the future, New York, 2004; User-driven solutions, Budapest, 2003.

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