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Electrolux Design Lab 2011 Semi-Finalists Announced

Introducing the world’s smallest microwave oven, compact cleaners and a bouncing blender – 25 Electrolux Design Lab semi-finalists provide ‘Intelligent Mobility’ solutions for domestic appliances utilising existing technology.

From a field of 1,300, the top 25 concepts have been chosen from designers based in 14 countries across the world. Australia, New Zealand and Poland are represented by three entries each, whilst Canada, the Czech Republic, France, South Korea and USA have two representatives each.

September Finals in London
Eight finalists (announced by Electrolux week commencing 11th July) will each be invited to present their concept to a jury of expert designers. The jury will consider entries based on intuitive design, innovation and consumer insight when awarding the first prize of a six-month paid internship at an Electrolux global design centre and 5,000 Euros. A second prize of 3,000 Euros and third prize of 2,000 Euros are also on offer.

“The 2011 Electrolux Design Lab has drawn some very clever responses to what has been our toughest brief since the annual challenge began nine years ago.” said Henrik Otto, Senior Vice President of Global Design at Electrolux. “The top 25 are to be congratulated on their approach – the combination of lateral thinking and creativity is inspiring. At this stage of the contest, we present the 25 responses that offer the most interesting solutions for future living and best consider the application of intelligent mobility to appliance design.”

The 25 semi-finalists can be seen below (in random order):

1: Robo TAP Cleaner

Country: South Korea
Designer: Gyu Ha Choi
School: Handong Global University

The Robo TAP is a smart evolution of the robotic vacuum cleaner used to target an exact area for cleaning. An IPS system aligned with a simple remote control attached to the shoe or slipper of the user, means automated cleaning can be over-ridden. Two taps on a dirty spot directs the Robo TAP to the precise area. Two more taps will cancel the order and three taps returns the vacuum cleaner to regular cleaning. It’s as fun as tap dancing, but much easier. You can now pretend to be Fred Astaire while effortlessly cleaning the house.

2: EcoWash Dinner Set

Country: New Zealand
Designer: David Stockton
School: Massey University School of Design

The EcoWash is the ideal dishwasher for countryside vacations, boating, camping or anywhere else where you don’t have electricity. After eating, one places cutlery and plates into the round small washing machine, add some washing-up liquid and water, close the latch and start turning the handle on the side. The interior rotates to wash the plates efficiently and effortlessly. After use, open the small hatch below to release the water. If you want to dry the plates, just turn the handle a few more times to create a centrifugal force. It’s ecofriendly, handy and easy to carry.

3: EMS Cooker

Country: Czech Republic
Designer team: Simona Hruskova
School: Academy of Arts, Architecture and Design in Prague

The Cooker EMS Cooker has a wristband design and uses Kinetic energy to heat and cook food. Placing the band on your arm or wrist, the body’s own energy is transformed into heat. The wristband can be rolled out and used as a heating plate or wrapped around a coffee mug for instance, or anything else you’d like to keep warm or heat up. It’s a clever way of using one’s own energy and provides an extra incentive to exercise and move around more often during the day (should you need it).

4: GULL Air Purifier

Country: Poland
Designer: Tomasz Siemek
School: GWSP – Gliwicka Wyzsza Szkola Przedsiebiorczosci

GULL takes its design inspiration from birds and wings. This highflying innovation is an effective air-cleaner, cleansing your living space of unwanted smells and pollutants. GULL uses lemon oil to kill off up to 99,96% of air pollution and bacteria, whilst at the same time spreading an aroma with just a slight hint of lemon. The design allows you to hang the device from the ceiling or place it standing anywhere you want. It’s relatively small and works on kinetic energy provided by spinning the device or “flapping” its wings repeatedly.

5:Heat Grenade

Country: New Zealand
Designer: Sam Evans
School: Massey University

The Heat Grenade is a great looking portable cooking device, conceived for emergency use and powered by paper-thin batteries. These batteries can produce power and recharge from water absorbed from the air. When closed, the concept resembles an oval aluminium egg. However, when the top button is pressed it folds out like a flower to turn into an induction hob with a black glass surface and a control panel that slides out from under it. This is the most stylish emergency kit you can find!

6: Honeycomb Modular Induction Tiles

Country: Australia
Designer: Alfred Ching
School: University of New South Wales

The Honeycomb is a modular induction cooker system ideal for compact homes – although it can work equally as well in a larger family house as a heating plate. The hexagonal modules can connect to each other in different variations. Click them together and create a cooking area wherever you like. A remote control wirelessly controls the heat via Bluetooth. The top of each module is finished in high gloss white to look good anywhere in the home. Their stackability makes them easy to put away when not in use.

7: Intelligent Mobility Scale Bag

Country: Czech Republic
Designer: Karel Vránek
School: Academy of Arts, Architecture and Design in Prague

This new designer bag for those on the move comes in scalable sizes to offer convenient food storing capabilities. When the sun shines, the scales on the surface of the bag react to the exposure by “bristling” and transform solar energy to cool the inside of the bag – making it ideal to store and chill food. When on the go, the bag can be folded into smaller sizes and also be transformed in to a larger container to make room for your grocery shopping as required.

8: Mixer 2050 – The Marble

Country: Brazil
Designer: Eduardo Murara Nauiack
School: Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Paraná – PUCPR

It looks like a smooth golf ball, but it’s actually a mixer. Put the ingredients you want to mix in a bowl, throw in one or more of the mixers and they’ll automatically bounce around and do the mixing for you. Shake the ball to set the time, shake it hard to add an extra minute or shake it just a little to add 15 more seconds. The rotor blades are made of nanotechnology rubber that makes them flexible when not in use, but hard as steel once in motion. This way they’re safe and easy to clean, but effective when in use. Keeping many of them in a bowl makes a nice design piece in the kitchen.

9: Mobile Induction Heat Plate

Country: Finland
Designer: Tommi Moilanen,
School: Aalto University School of Art and Design

This smart induction hot plate is a compact solution for those on the go. Place the heat plate wherever you want and pair it with your smartphone to gain a child safe remote control. The smartphone app is designed to be used with intelligent food packaging where NFC-tags provide instructions on how to heat the food properly. The smartphone app also comes with a memory that intuitively remembers how you previously cooked. The induction plate is a glossy black and white design with a wooden handle that makes it easy to carry and store and can be hung on a wall when charging the battery. This heating plate is hot in every sense!

10: Mobile Kitchen Kit

Country: USA
Designer: Elizabeth Reuter
School: Purdue University

This mobile kitchen kit is designed to contain everything you need to cook skillet meals, still taking up almost no space at all. The top lid is a cutting board and inside the container – that even be used as a make shift sink – is fitted a flexible induction cooking pad, strainer, spatula, wooden spoon, cutting knife, peeling knife, sauce pan and skillet. Just about everything you need to make dinner is fitted into one neat kit that can be carried along or easily stowed away in small spaces.

11: Mohe

Country: Poland
Designer: Krzysztof Luchowiec
School: Akademia Sztuk Pieknych w Krakowie

Mohe is a vacuum sealer, food carrier and food warmer – all in one. Place food in a special re-cycled bag, vacuum seal it with the Mohe, and when you later open the bag it will warm up the contents. The special bags have an insulation of special heat-shielding gel and an outer layer of paper. The devise, powered by inductively rechargeable batteries, will recognize if the bag is open or closed and act accordingly by either vacuum sealing or warming up the food with only one touch.

12: Mywash

Country: Australia
Designer team: Saba Zare
School: University of New South Wales
‘Mywash’ is a communal washing machine designed for use with personalised laundry baskets that double up as washing drums. Operation is performed by simply loading the baskets with your laundry and then you’re able to control the process via a smartphone, connected via 3G, anytime and from anywhere you wish. The phone application let’s you decide on the timing when you want to wash your clothes as well as what washing programs you prefer, including specific preferences such as a longer soaking time.

13: Onda Portable Microwave

Country: USA
Designer: Matthew Schwartz
School: California State University Long Beach
The Onda portable microwave oven is a very clever twist on an appliance that was first introduced to homes in 1955. Just as with the traditional use of this device, pre-prepared meals are placed in compatible food packages and warmed with microwaves. Specifically, the Onda is slid on to the packaging and the aluminium contained within the interior of the handheld device, creates a circuit connection when the seal of the packaging is broken. Paper batteries are used to produce energy, making the Onda simple, smart, portable, and eco-friendly. The Onda also comes in a range of different colors for personal preference.

14: Ozel Kinetic Blender

Country: Malaysia
Designer team: Uzair B. Abdul Rashid
School: Universiti Teknologi MARA

Ozel is an eco friendly, energy saving blender that combines the functionality of a traditional blender with smart technology. Kinetic batteries contained inside the handle replace a traditional electrical cord. Recharging the battery is simply done by removing and shaking the handle when required. On the inside, traditional rotating blades have been replaced by nylon ropes. which swirl quickly to chop, mix and blend.

15: Ping Pong

Country: France
Designer team: Arthur Kenzo
School: École de Design Nantes Atlantique (Shanghai)
Ping Pong is a wireless cooking assistant that allows you to optimize your time whilst food is being heated. Sensors (the ‘Pings’) are attached to the cooking utensils in use. For instance, if you’re cooking a soup, place the Ping transmitter on the pan’s rim and take the Pong receiver with you to the next room where you can sit down and enjoy reading. The Ping transmitter will send information on the cooking status to the Pong receiver close to you and so keeping you informed. The design is inspired by a vase full of flowers ensuring your new kitchen assistant looks good and puts a smile on your face.

16: Portable Washing Machine

Country: Slovakia
Designer: Adrian Mankovecky
School: Academy of Fine Arts and Design Bratislava
An innovation welcomed by every traveler – whether you’re a back packer or a business traveler you will love this small portable washing machine. Four pre-installed cleaning programs are available for quick and easy use. Pull the two components apart, place on either side of the garment with a stain or odor and choose the suitable cleaning program. The machine does all the work using negative ions and steam. Powered with a sugar crystal battery, you can use it practically anywhere in the world.

17: Ribbon

Country: Australia
Designer: Enzo Kocak
School: Monash University
The Ribbon is an all-in-one hotplate, warming device and cooler for portable use. Its unique shape and flexibility allows for wrapping around a vessel containing food or drink for heating or chilling. The black side provides heat, whereas the white cools. You can curl it up, take it with you, fold it out and even puzzle together to use as a hotplate. Controls placed on the side facilitate easy use. The chargeable thermoelectric cell battery can also reverse the charging process– whilst not in use the cells convert excess heat back into electricity.


Country: Poland
Designer team: Jacek Chrzanowski
School: Academy of Fine Art im.W.Strzeminskiego in Lódz

Ringoo is a small circular microwave heater for warm drinks that helps us use less water and lead more ecologically friendly lives. Water (or any liquid for that matter) when poured through the ring becomes hot. This addresses the wasted energy that comes through the heating of more water than required for e.g. a cup of tea. The Ringoo will heat the water to the desired temperature allowing you to sit back to enjoy your tea and your contribution to the protection of the planet.

19: Breez Portable Dish Dryer

Country: Canada
Designer: Andrew Parsons
School: Humber College

Breez is a portable and easy to stow away dish dryer that helps you quickly dry your hand washed plates, ensuring you avoid bacteria and germs that can spread when drying many plates with the same cloth. A digital pulse motor concentrates air to a thin stream that blows the plate dry when once moved through the machine. The air travels at a speed of 400 MPH (644 km/h) and leaves the plate completely dry and ready to place directly into the cupboard.

20: Salvé Bagel Toaster

Country: Canada
Designer: Kent Madden
School: Carleton University
The new portable bagel toaster is especially convenient for those who can’t find time to eat breakfast in the morning. Place a bagel in the toaster and it will automatically start rotating. When happy with the color of the freshly toasted bagel, simply remove and enjoy. The toaster is very energy efficient being run on sugar crystal batteries or recharged on a ceramic dock using induction. Now there are no excuses for missing the most important meal of the day!

21: Smoobo Blender

Country: New Zealand
Designer: Roseanne de Bruin
School: Massey University
The Smoobo blender is a fun and environmentally friendly way of making smoothies. Simply put all your favorite ingredients inside the rubber ball, shut the knob tightly and start bouncing it around. The bounce in itself activates the kinetic batteries that in turn make the rotor blades spin, resulting in a perfectly blended smoothie. The Smoobo surface is made of uneven rubber knobs that will make the bounce even more fun as you’ll never know what direction the Smoobo will take.

22: Sous-vide Cell cooker

Country: Hungary
Designer: Adam Miklosi
School: University of West Hungary – Institute of Applied Arts
The Sous-vide Cellcooker is inspired by the professional trend of slow food cooking. The Sous-vide will cook delicious healthy food at pre-indicated times and comes with personalised internet- and smartphone software that helps you plan your food menu a week ahead and aids you in buying the necessary ingredients. Ingredients are sealed in airtight plastic bags and held within a water bath (72 hours is not unusual as a cooking time)—at an accurately determined temperature and much lower than normally used for cooking, typically around 60 °C or 140 °F. The intention is to maintain the integrity of ingredients and achieve very precise control of cooking.

23: Take-away Steward

Country: China
Designer: Qin Haitao Qin
School: Liaoning University of Technology
The Steward is a food delivery postbox system designed to keep delivered take-away food fresh at your home or work place until you can collect it. With the aid of an integrated electronic system within the ‘steward’ you can pre-order your food and set a pass word to the delivery company. When the food arrives, the deliverer uses the password and places the food in the postbox. The Steward will intuitively keep the food at its optimal temperature. The postbox is made of a solar panel coated material that provides all necessary power.

24: Wave

Country: South Korea
Designer: Kim Min Seok
School: Seoul National University of Technology & Science
The Wave washing assistant helps you to identify the severity of a stain, to pre-wash and also communicate with your washing machine in order to get the best results with the minimum use of water and detergents. The contamination sensor will determine what needs to be done; the Wave then applies ultrasound and water to stains and uses hot air to dry as required. When the Wave is placed in its dock for charging, it can also communicate with your washing machine so that you can operate it remotely.

25: Warm & Cool

Country: France
Designer: François Hurtaud
School: École de Design de Nantes

The WarmNCool is designed for the convenient storing and heating of food. Divided in to two sections, the bottom container of the WarmNCool works just like a fridge by keeping left overs from dinner cool in an airtight. Simultaneously, the top section stores the heat generated from the thermo-reaction of the refrigeration system. Next day, when you want to eat your leftover food, the containers are switched and the thermo-electric batteries act like a microwave that then heats the food as required. WarnNCool comes in several different colors and is of a size and weight that makes it easily transportable from home to the office and beyond.

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