Electrolux announces Design Lab 2014 finalists

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One of this year’s concepts includes Future Hunter-Gatherer, which turns shopping into a game by allowing users to virtually hunt for their dinner

Ultra light jellyfish air cleansers; virtual hunting for groceries and an instant bath towel cleanser are some of the futuristic concepts that make this year’s Electrolux Design Lab 2014 shortlist.

Established in 2003, the competition is a global design competition open to undergraduate and graduate design students who are invited to present innovative ideas for future households, with this year’s brief to offer solutions to Culinary Enjoyment, Fabric Care and Air Purification in the future home environments.

Over 1,700 submissions were received this year, which have now been whittled down to six finalists, with the overall winner announced on 12 November 2014.

UrbanCone by Michał Pośpiech, The Jan Matejko Academy Of Fine Arts, Poland

Ultra light jellyfish creatures purify the air by flying around with the use of photovoltaic solar panel wings. This radio-controlled smart device purifies an environment, whether inside or outside the home, by exchangeable filters that lie underneath the wings of the cones.


Lotus by Fulden Dehneli, Middle East Technical University, Turkey

This air purifier contains three portable and rechargeable air cleaning balls – Pure Ball, Odour Ball and Humid Ball – to be used where localised purification is needed such as cooking, sleeping and closet cleaning. The ball purify via Super Plasma Ion Technology that generates active hydrogen and oxygen ions that eliminates biological contaminants.

Set To Mimic by Sorina Răsteanu, West University Of Timisoara, Romania

This set of smart kitchenware recreates tastes and smells you like by wirelessly communicating with your brain via a wireless gel patch on your head. This means that a carrot can taste like ice cream or a steak, making it easier to lead a healthy life.

Future Hunter-Gatherer by Pan Wang, Central Saint Martins, UK

This grocery shopping experience allows you to hunt, fish or gather your meal virtually. It projects a hologram and once you’ve caught the food you want, the selection is transmitted to the local grocery store or market, which delivers it to your door. By turning the shopping into a game, kids can gain a better understanding of where their food actually comes from.

PETE by Kovács Apor, Moholy-Nagy University Of Art And Design Budapest, Hungary

For use in the bathroom, the PETE concept recycles plastic bottles turning them into bespoke garments. You select the required clothing type, colour and cut, the machine will then indicate how many PET bottles will be needed for fabrication. The bottles are then turned into polyester and the garments printed.

Pure Towel by Leobardo Armenta, Universidad Autonoma De Ciudad Juarez, Mexico

This smart towel hanger instantly cleans your towel after usage. With an ultra violet ray and a high speed dryer fan, it purifies and dries the towel in a matter of seconds eliminating 99 per cent of bacteria.
Although the jury will scrutinise these entries, the public also has a say. So, take a look and vote for your favourite in the People’s Choice Award.

So, which one takes your fancy? Cast your vote in the People’s Choice Award here.

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