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Electrolux Design Lab 2013 stage 4 entries gain functionality to improve lives

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After several rounds of public voting and working with Electrolux design experts, 20 designs that could have a huge impact on how we live our lives have made it through to stage 4 of the Electrolux Design Lab (EDL) 2013.

These designs have been deemed to be the best of the 1,700 concepts submitted by design students from 29 countries around the world. This is the first year that the EDL is held in stages, with each stage bringing the concepts closer to becoming functional products. 

Only eight finalists will be chosen from stage 4 to make it to the EDL 2013 finals.  There, the top design will win its creator a six-month paid internship at an Electrolux Design centre as well as 5,000 Euros in cash.

The Mab

While some of the concepts may seem much like inventions straight out of a sci-fi movie, the EDL selection process is helping designers to refine their concepts and bring them closer to reality. Take the Mab, for example, which utilizes hundreds of mini-robots that will clean every surface effortlessly. Or the -3F- vacuum cleaner, which will change its form according to the situation, and respond to its owner via a tablet or smartphone.

– 3F – Vacuum Cleaner

Both have the potential to revolutionise the dreaded chore of cleaning, and free up more time in increasingly busy urban lives. And that extra time could also be enjoyed in a better living environment, with designs like the Air Drop and Breathing Wall coming in to improve air quality beyond the typical run of the mill air cleaners.

Air Drop

Designed by students from the United States and South Korea respectively, the Air Drop and Breathing Wall concepts aim to help urban dwellers create more conducive environments for healthier living. The Breathing Wall takes good air quality a step further by changing the atmosphere to one that recalls a good memory, helping users to relieve stress after a long day. 

Breathing Wall

Or they could cook themselves a good meal with the 2D Smart Kitchen.  This nifty concept utilises intelligent technology to help you cook healthy meals and clean up afterwards, while its built-in design takes into account today’s shrinking living spaces.

2D Kitchen

Further development from stage 4 will take place behind closed doors, with Electrolux design professionals working with the students on their concepts. But you can still head over to www.electroluxdesignlab.com to check out the designs that could change the way we live life forever.

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