EDL 2011 Interviews: Kent Madden

EDL 2011 Interviews: Kent Madden

We sit down to interview Electrolux Design Lab 2011 finalist Kent Madden, a Canadian (YAY!) designer behind the Salvé Bagel Toaster. Kent is a student at Carleton University in Canada. Hit the jump for the interview and Kent’s very unique bagel toaster. Mmm I’m hungry.

0 EDL 2011 Interviews: Kent Madden

Cook The Perfect Rare

Cook The Perfect Rare

I don’t cook meat so I really don’t have this perception of cooking with timer and temperature. But for those of you who do, the Electrolux Slice Concept makes perfect sense. This cooking tool is a combination of a sensor and timer that monitors food as it cooks. As the meat turns from raw to rare the sensor changes color, indicating that the desired temperature has been reached. I love the sleek finish given to the overall device, very minimalistic and clean.

0 Designer: Kyle Hay

The Mother of Split!

The Mother of Split!

I thought my ultimate phone fantasy ended with Seunghan Song’s Window Phone Concept. I was wrong; Space 3 is my latest hitch. The device takes the idea of a transparent touchphone one step forward with its twin splitting transparent displays! Although the designers focus only on the navigational aspects, I think the interaction can be explored further to involve videos, photographs or even surfing the Internet! Totally rad!

0 Designers: Wenhing Chu & Kok Keong Wong

Unmanned Flight of Fantasy

Unmanned Flight of Fantasy

The D.F.O is an unmanned helicopter to spray meds or pesticides on farm produce. For an industry where airplanes do the bidding, RC Unmanned choppers sounds too Star Wars-ish, nonetheless a fathomable concept. It makes me wonder if it will be the farmer or his son who takes on this job. Hell, I’ll do it for free mister…. Just gimme the darn controls!

0 Designer: Bakji Su

Fusioon And The Tea Bag Story

Fusioon And The Tea Bag Story

Coming from a country where tea is not so much of a ceremonial process but just a necessity of life, concepts involving the right amount of steeping and fussing amuse me no end. Adding to my list of fascinating tea stories is the Fusioon Spoon Concept, where an appropriate niche holds the green teabag for centralized dipping, so that it receives an equal amount of water from all sides. The clever design also takes care of the used bag efficiently. Maybe it’s time I acquired some international tea drinking skills, or maybe I should just stick to instant coffee!

0 Designer: AMOR DE MADRE

Age of the Notebook Kitchen?

Age of the Notebook Kitchen?

The Electrolux Mobile Kitchen Concept combines three basics of modern-day kitchens: a 4-tier induction cooking element, an efficient cutting board and a touchscreen computer for your recipes, downloads and nutrition facts. The placement of the three as a tribute to the laptop makes it a truly portable design. My only concern is the functional relationship between the three. Although the renders make the placement of pots, chopping board and the tablet look synchronistic, but in reality will they hold good? Oil squirts, fumes! Nevertheless, as a camper or travel companion, it fits the bill!

0 Designer: Dragan Trenchevski

Organic Jewelry

Organic Jewelry

Concept X is a conceptual bracelet designed to create jewelry that mixes sensual organic forms with the strength of industrial, almost medical silhouettes. Its curvilinear body and undulating elements form a cincture-like cast – as if it naturally evolved there. The designers believe the evolutionary organic image fits well into modern life. They describe their project as “the re-definition of the spatial order of  jewelry”.

0 Designers: Limin Wang & Xiaoyi Lu

Chair in a Chair

Chair in a Chair

Armchair “IN” isn’t the first of dual-combi chairs. In fact I’ve seen a handful of variations this past year but this one seems to nicely hit a balance between aesthetic duality and versatility. Playing with the idea of “internal content”, you can pull out the core and use it as a foot rest. Pull it out slightly to the side and you have an instant side table with convenient storage opportunities for CD’s (so 90′s) and magazines on the opposite side.

0 Designer: Renzo Menegon

Bonfire for Indoors, But No Marshmallows Allowed

Bonfire for Indoors, But No Marshmallows Allowed

The beautiful Cozy Bonfire is a cute reminder of camps and exudes the same kinda warmth indoors. A select number of light logs assemble on this charging station and replicate the bonfire setup. Take one with you to warm up the knuckles or just keep them on the spot, and relive camping memories!

0 Designers: Eun Ah Kim, Moon Seon Hwoi & Kwang Ku Jeong

Children Need A Bear Hug!

Children Need A Bear Hug!

Apparently pressure applied to the torso of autistic children helps keep regulate the sensory system to relieve anxiety, reduce unwanted behaviors, and help increase focus to complete daily tasks. The BearHug is a simple vest that inflates around the torso to give this support. The pressure of the jacket is controlled via this cute teddy bear’s paw plus the supervisor can monitor the pressure gauge settings. The good news is that this vest is available for beta testing and should prove to be a great help!

0 Designer: Lisa Fraser

Ear Candy!

Ear Candy!

These Skullcandy inspired earphones are drop-dead gorgeous! I love the intricate way the structure of it mimics the human bone joints. Well those joints are there for a reason; they provide flexibility in adjusting the earphone for a perfect fit. Do want!

0 Designer: Catherine Wong

New Taipei City Museum of Art

New Taipei City Museum of Art

The New Taipei City Museum of Art should propose a new paradigm for celebrating art in Taipei, one that brings lifestyle, art, recreation and education together to celebrate a vibrant cultural identity for the community. The existing park located at the meeting of the Yingge and Dahan rivers within which the Museum sits, is one that immediately reveals a dynamic juxtaposition between the constructed nature (the park environment) and the density and “urban” scale of the surrounding hillside context.

0 Designer: Zerafa Architecture

Sonic Wave Technology

Sonic Wave Technology

Ever the minimalist, the CINOS Sonic speaker concept by Cologne design agency Frackenpohl Poulheim combines harmonious design with a redefined sound experience thanks to sonic wave technology. It’s an omnidirectional speaker with an ideal linear frequency response for balanced discreetness. On other words, it’s thin, it’s compact and really fills a room with sound.

0 Designer: Oliver Thiele