Spot Cleaner Claims 1st Place at 2011 Electrolux Design Lab!

Spot Cleaner Claims 1st Place at 2011 Electrolux Design Lab!

Once again, Electrolux pulled out all the stops at this year’s Design Lab finals!! Eight incredibly talented designers gathered with industry leaders and the who’s who of London – presented their designs to a panel of four tough-as-nails judges who’s critiques even made US blush!  A whopping 1300 submissions were received this year, but only 3 walked away with the coveted Electrolux Design Lab Star award.

0 Event: Electrolux Design Lab 2011

Curved Phones are More Pocket Friendly

Curved Phones are More Pocket Friendly

The AXIO Power, is a smart phone with a very unique warped design allowing it to slide in and out of a pocket with ease. The phone’s shape reduces the amount of pocket bulging because of its curved shape. Conversely, the shape also molds to the face better, cupping the cheek if you will.

0 Designer: Christos Ragias

Light Ceremony

Light Ceremony

Absolutely love this project. Light Ceremony riffs off the proverbial tea ceremony by letting you add and remove light to a bowl via scoop. The two objects communicate wirelessly to seamlessly transfer light based on motion and gesture. A little novel yes, but certainly more interesting that an on/off switch.

0 Designers: Jianxing Cai, Chao Chen, Ye Tao, Chengyuan Wei, Guanyun Wang & Xuanxing Yang

Bartending Rice

Bartending Rice

Rice cooking for singles gets a twist with the Cooktender! Converting the bartender in you who shakes fizzy cocktails, the design replicates those motions to clean and cook rice instead! Awesome idea, since it infuses an element of fun to the drab routine, I’m adding this to my wishlist right now!

0 Designer: Won Suk Lee

2011 Design Lab: Interview with Electrolux's Henrik Otto

2011 Design Lab: Interview with Electrolux’s Henrik Otto

We’re in London ya’ll! That’s right. Yanko Design is on location at the 2011 Electrolux Design Lab at the Room Home Intelligence, Business Design Center in London, England! We just got a sneak peak at the venue and sat down to talk with 2011 jury member and Electrolux VP of Global Design, Henrik Otto. Hit the jump for the full scoop!

0 Interview with Henrik Otto - VP of Global Design for Electrolux

Chair Brought to You by Smarty Balls

Chair Brought to You by Smarty Balls

Jenagh, in Farsi means sternum; the flat bone shaped like a capital ‘T’ located in the center of the chest protecting the heart and lungs. The Jenagh chair has a light-weight metal structure enabling various sitting positions via smarty balls! I’m so serious right now. SMARTY BALLS. It’s supposed to be more comfortable, flexible and accommodating.

0 Designer: Amir Masoud Faridizad

When Miss Table and Mr. Stove Meet

When Miss Table and Mr. Stove Meet

The amazing Warmpath will fit aptly in any Scandinavian home. The flowing white Corian surfaced table married to the fireplace…they both look so warm and cozy together! How long will this marriage last? Don’t know, but let’s enjoy it till it’s warm….

0 Designer: Michaël Harboun

Easy To End!

Easy To End!

I love packaging designs that are subtle and yet make a world of a difference. For example this wavy Cellotape may not seem so brilliant at the moment, but for a mother who covers endless notebooks in brown paper at one go, this is a definitely a boon. Invariably the end of the tape just fuses to the circle and is hard to find! ‘Tape with Easy-to-Find End’ is just that…..easy!

0 Designers: Deockeun An, Jaehyung Kim & Cheolwoong Seo

A Better Folding Cycle

A Better Folding Cycle

The Union is a folding cycle that you can carry easily in public transport systems like buses and trains. Folded up, it’s more like backpack that doesn’t weigh you down. This 8-inch folding bicycle slams down in a jiffy and its most defining feature is that it combines the stem with the headlight and the saddle with taillight, for better visibility and safety.

0 Designers: Weiche Wu & Minhan Lin

Because Cameras Should be Simpler

Because Cameras Should be Simpler

Everything about the AXIO camera logical and efficient – save for a few design flourishes. There are no tactile buttons, just a simple on/off switch. The touchscreen lets you navigate the menus but for the most part, the experience is quintessential point & shoot. Questionably, the lens is surrounded by a blue LED meant to indicate when it’s on but one can assume, the lens might pick up unwanted flare. And of course, charging is all done via mat along with the usually wireless accoutrements. Nice, but not remarkable.

0 Designer: Christos Ragias

Suds In The Shower

Suds In The Shower

Soapy is an innovative shower system (wall, hand and rail shower) that integrates the soap dispenser with a difference. What this means is that liquid soap is dispensed at the push of a button and mixed with the shower water. So basically when you are soaked enough, you simply push the button and soapy water is dispensed. I guess by the time you lather up, regular water comes out, allowing you a good rinse. I find it more of a spa – gym shower kinda thing, don’t you?

0 Designer: David Feng

Ceramic Crisping

Ceramic Crisping

The Toast is a conceptual toaster design that uses ceramic cooking plates as the browning elements. This not only makes the bread crispy, but also heats it evenly. What I like about the design is the movable ceramic divider. You can remove it to toast bigger foods like a bagel or croissants. The elliptical shape makes it easy to collect the crumbs and the retractable FOLED glass interface acts as a great hood for covering the toaster when not in use. Overall I think I’d like to have this in my kitchen!

0 Designer: Adam Wendel

Paper Cushion

Paper Cushion

So we have the office shredder that shreds paper to bits and then we dump it for recycling. Now how about adding a twist to the process? Let the shredded paper fall into this self-sealing clear cushion cover; fill it up to become a beautiful cushion. Agreed it may not have a very long life, but as a stress buster or a kitsch pillow it will add a dash of excitement. This is one cool upcycle idea!

0 Designer: Gyeongwan Koo (Oliver)