Re-Source - Better Kitchens for the Future

Re-Source – Better Kitchens for the Future

Here is a very special sneak-peek at what the students of Domus Academy have been up to. Electrolux commissioned the product design students to come up with ideas that support a better kitchen environment using existing technologies. Re-Source perceives appliances to be the best kitchen mate! Here’s a look at 9 exciting projects, some of which we will be looking at in-depth at a later stage.

0 Designers: Various

Tea Party

Tea Party

I’m not a fussy tea drinker and don’t give a rat’s tail about blend, brew or steeping, but I have this tea connoisseur cousin who has painstakingly mastered the art of brewing his perfect cuppa. For the impatient and the perfectionists alike, we have the Tesera Teemachine. It is an automated tea machine that dishes out the perfect cup by controlling the brewing time, water temperature and the amount of tea, depending upon the blend being used. This is how it should be!

0 Designer: Tobias Gehring

Ten Innovative Ways to do the Laundry

Ten Innovative Ways to do the Laundry

Ask anyone what is the most dreadful household chore they have to do, and unanimously we hear, it’s the Laundry! Washing dishes comes a close second, but we’ll deal with that later. For now lets take a look at ten innovative and futuristic methods of doing laundry, with the possibility of making them a fun chore! Yeah right!

0 Designers: Various

For Dish Dummies Like Me

For Dish Dummies Like Me

Grrr, I hate doing the dishes! I never know quite where to start whether I’m loading or pushing buttons, and now that they’re so silent I can never tell if it’s actually on. The Wave was designed to be not only aesthetically appealing but it’s front fluid contours also house a super easy-to-use control panel designed to naturally guide the user into a logical sequence of actions. The aqua window and optional translucent top are a great for making sure everything is running smoothly… or at all.

0 Designer: Guilherme Parolin

Lid with Wings

Lid with Wings

The Lid with Wings is pot with a lid designed to remain stable even when placed slightly ajar. The product addresses cooks who prefer displacing cookware lids for ventilating and emptying their pots. I like the idea and I volunteer to sell this stuff on the home shopping network. Seriously, this would sell like crazy on QVC.

0 Designer: Vitaliy Gnatenko

Hone Your Handyman Skills

Hone Your Handyman Skills

The Repair-Ware Series are a group of household appliances designed for easy maintenance and urges you to be self-reliant. For example, the Steam Iron is assembled in simple layers and is held together by two screws. These screws are a prominent feature on the surface of the iron serving as a semiotic of repair.

0 Designer: Samuel James Davies

Fridge of Bent Sittings

Fridge of Bent Sittings

Prepare yourself for the strangest concept in refrigeration that yours truly has ever lain eyes on. This is “Membrane,” a concept for a refrigerator that uses nine flexible cooling walls to both hold and keep cool the items you need kept cool and held up. Cooling takes place only in the ares that are bent, that being only the places where items are placed. The exact physics we’re not entirely sure of, but the brightness of the project and the absolute uniqueness of the design are very easy to see.

0 Designer: Vytis Vasiliūnas

Gravity Assisted Food Prep

Gravity Assisted Food Prep

GRAVITY represents a shift away from processed packaged foods, towards healthy raw ingredients and making your own meals. The objective is to help children adopt improved eating habits and attitudes towards nutrition at a young age so they are able to maintain a healthy diet in later life. Its mix and measure system facilitates new experiences with food, educates about common preparation methods, ingredients and practices. Combining separate ingredients through gravity assisted mixing is a novel approach to baking or cooking for the child.

0 Designer: André Taris

By the Heat of the Desert

By the Heat of the Desert

Hot Liner is a flexible panel that is rigid enough to form a stovetop. It’s intended for the deserts of Africa where sunlight is aplenty. A couple of belts together can increase the intensity of heat for cooking and accommodate huge pots and pans.

0 Designers: Yonggu Do & Eunha Seo

Touch Cooking

Touch Cooking

Gorenje+ exclusive built-in appliances premiered at LivingKitchen 2011 featuring the unique iChef+ oven module with a large color display that makes cooking easier with a touchscreen interface. The interface lets you program exactly what it is you’re cooking. It’s designed to be simple but the brains behind the system is incredibly innovative. No cooking appliance has ever had an integrated computer this powerful. On sale in European markets this Spring.

0 Designer: Gorenje

Water Weighs All

Water Weighs All

Instead of using all that precious and energy-wasting metal in the construction of a scale, why not use water? That’s what the designer of this fabulous project thought, then he brought it to life – Water Scale, a scale that uses Archimedes’ Principle in a simple container to create just what he thought of in his mind.

0 Designer: Muzaffer Kocer & Ayca Guven

Ironing with Ceramic

Ironing with Ceramic

The precepts of ironing hasn’t changed much. Take a hot flat surface and apply it to textiles to relax the fibers. Sometimes you use steam to crease and set them but if you step back, there’s still room for improvement. The “Easy Ironing” concept lets you define how much ironing you want to do and in turns tells you how much water to use; no waste. It also uses a ceramic glass panel which has superior thermal stability and makes it easier to clean. One of the top 25 finalists in this year’s Philips Award.

0 Designer: Mohsen Ahi Andy

Lock Thy Knife and Throw Away the Key

Lock Thy Knife and Throw Away the Key

Wait a minute there is no key involved here in the Knife Locker. Apparently the knife itself is the key. It locks into position with a 270-degree counterclockwise turn and kick starts the UV sterilization process. Ready for the next use, bright and shiny! That sleek house will look good on any kitchen counter, what do you think?

0 Designer: Min Seong Kim