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Jury duty with a difference at Electrolux Design Lab 2011

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Eight design students have survived the odds, edging out over 1,300 entries from more than 50 countries around the world.  Clearing the final hurdle, the finalists (each with the potential to shake up the way we cook, clean and wash in the future) have now won their ticket to London, where the finals will be held on 7 September.

Their toughest test is yet to come. The winner of the competition will need to impress a jury at a ‘live’ event in London at the Room Home Intelligence Conference.  Consisting of some the world’s top designers and architects, this year’s jury includes Danish designer Cecilie Manz; award winning architects Hayes and James Slade; and Henrik Otto, Senior Vice President of Global Design at Electrolux.  They will assess the finalists’ “Intelligent Mobility” themed designs to see which is most worthy of the top prize.

Who are they, and what do they do? Here’s a quick look at the jury panel of the Electrolux Design Lab 2011:

Cecilie Manz

Cecilie Manz:
Considered one of the leading Danish furniture designers of her generation, Cecile Manz is an award winning designer who lives and works in Copenhagen.

Educated at the Danish Design School Copenhagen and University of Art and Design Helsinki, Finland, Manz has exhibited at a number of prestigious locations including MoMA New York, Vitra Design Museum Basel, and ‘The Third Design for Architecture Symposium’ Alvar Aalto Academy, Finland.

Manz’s best known works include the Mikado table and the Caravaggio lamp for Lightyears.

More information on Cecilie at: www.ceciliemanz.com

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Hayes & James Slade
An award-winning husband and wife team of architects, Hayes and James Slade founded Slade Architecture in 2002, seeking to focus on architecture and design across scales and programme types.

Their work has been widely recognised in more than 200 publications.  Their awards include Progressive Architecture (PA) Awards, Interior Design Best of Year Awards, AIA awards and NYC Public Design Commission Award for Design Excellence.

They were part of the Ordos 100, a design project involving some of the world’s top architectural innovators, and were recognised by the New York Architecture League for their Emerging Voices Lecture series in 2010.  Their work has been exhibited internationally including the Venice Biennale (Italy), the Museum of Modern Art (US), The National Building Museum (US), The Deutsches Architektur Museum (Germany), and O Gallery (China).

More information on the Slades at: www.sladearch.com

Henrik Otto

Henrik Otto
A design veteran whose career spans more than 20 years, Otto joined Electrolux in 2004 and heads up a team of some 150 design professionals working at the company’s design centres in Australia, Brazil, Italy, Singapore, Sweden, and the USA.

Otto’s approach focuses on the company’s “Thoughtful Design” strategy, which is based on developing and applying consumer insights into all aspects of product design: its functionality, usability and visual appearance. Electrolux has won numerous awards, including several red dot and iF design awards.

More information on Otto at: www.electrolux.com

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