The Top 25 Entries of Electrolux Design Lab 2010

The Top 25 Entries of Electrolux Design Lab 2010

It’s not always easy to predict the future. For its 2010 competition, Electrolux Design Lab went with the theme: The 2nd Space Age; this essentially translating to designing a home environment for the year 2050, when 74% of the global population are predicted to live in urban areas. Student designers had to predict how people will prepare and store food, wash clothes, and do dishes. Quite a task but plenty of surprises from across the globe! Here are the Finalist 25, the countdown has begun!

0 Designers: Various

I SAID QUIT THE STICK MISTER!!!

I SAID QUIT THE STICK MISTER!!!

If you don’t want embarrassing alarms like that screaming in your face, then its best you quit that cigarette! In countries like India, smoking in public places is banned, but people seldom comply with the rules. This means you will find folks lighting up at bus stops, sidewalks and even parks where children play. Unlike Japan many countries don’t have designated smoking zones, so the only plausible solution is to have large smoke alarms that scream embarrassing sirens and chants, forcing you to put-out the stick.

0 Designer: Jin Ho Kim

I'm a Little Teapot

I’m a Little Teapot

Far from short and stout, the Rocking Teapot explores design behind intuition and perceived function. Everyone tips a teapot to pour it so why not integrate that function into the design? In many cultures tea ceremonies are tradition and time honored. The need for design to assist in the simple act of pouring and serving is personal and holds emotional meanings, not to mention beautiful.

0 Designer: Betina Piqueras

Robot Cyclops is Friendly

Robot Cyclops is Friendly

Meet Myon, a humanoid robot created by Studio Frackenpohl Poulheim and the Neurorobotics Research Laboratory at the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin. Myon represents years of work show casing the latest advances in artificial intelligence and motor skills. Even the shell exudes high-tech awesomeness with its thermoformed properties. We first heard about Myon at the DMY International Design Festival Berlin and suddenly got nostalgic about the now defunct Sony QRIO. They could have been friends y’all!

0 Designer: Frackenpohl Poulheim

A Flowery Garden for your Tabletop

A Flowery Garden for your Tabletop

How would you like to get your hands on the soft, anti-slippery, easy to be cleaned pieces of rubber that are going to change you life?! Not a sex toy. No! These are for dinner, lunch, and breakfast. Made of some excellent silicone that’s all those features I just listed plus colorful, these are the buds of the “Sunflower” project. Made in different pallets of colors for the changing green seasons, these table pads are made in sizes appropriate for cups, plates, and any manner of pods.

0 Designer: Sunny Chung for Toast Living

This is No Dirt Lamp

This is No “Dirt” Lamp

This is the “Wash Lamp,” as designed by Alex Kovatchev. Can you guess by just peeking at the first image here what it’s made out of? That’s right! it’s the drum from a washing machine! That part, you know, where you put all the clothing in? That’s a big barrel with holes in it. And where the water goes in and out when there’s washing, now light moves to and fro in the free world! And the best part is, there’s three different lamps here, all made of recycled stuff.

0 Designer: Alex Kovatchev

How Quiet the Office Life

How Quiet the Office Life

If you spend the majority of your life in the office, you’ve gotta know what it means to be distracted by sound. You sit in that office five days a week, the same cube, things that would normally go over your head become utterly powerful annoyances. Your production time goes down, your quality of life goes down. How do you stay up? You get inside your “Cocoon” of sound. That’s right! Block the madness with the loving glowing loving glow of either white noise or music of your choice.

0 Designer: Natalia Romanova

Hopscotch Calculator

Hopscotch Calculator

Aww look how cute! It’s a 8-digit basic calculator with a hopscotch keyboard configuration! Okay  it doesn’t do anything special so the design is totally novel but who cares! It brings back memories of tossing a shoe or stick and hopping across a poorly drawn grid on the sidewalk. Sigh, if only playing with numbers were really that much fun. God I hate math, just saying…

0 Designer: Vadim Kibardin for Kibardindesign Studio

Power Up With An Icon

Power Up With An Icon

The Icon Battery Pack for iPhone matches the uber-sophistication of Apple and delivers the extra punch with its visible “battery power” status. It uses EL lighting technology (supposedly the first to do so in the world!) for indicating the power status on its display and looks really swank! Features include additional talk time of up to 3 hours, or audio playback up to 18 hours. The company states that it is compatible with 3G and 3GS, I reckon a 4G version should be soon on the cards. One of those goodies that you can actually buy!

0 Designers: Essential TPE

Chanel Number 4 Of A Different Kind

Chanel Number 4 Of A Different Kind

It’s not a new fragrance by the popular couture brand that I’m getting here at, instead a clever packing design for travel kits. The number of lotions that metrosexual males and divas have to carry on their outstation trips is endless. Chanel 4 in One packs in 4 different lotions into a combo bottle and fits tidily in your suitcase. If I really must be picky about this near-flawless design, then I’d have to go with the glass bottle. For travel, plastic bottles are safer.

0 Designer: Kang Soo Sun

Only If You Don’t Care About The Minutes

Only If You Don’t Care About The Minutes

As a full-fledge time-telling device the Re-clock is an unfinished business. It has no minutes or method for indicating how many minutes have passed during the hour. But what makes the concept post-worthy is the way it tells you the hours though the layers of cloth-face. Before you rush in to tell me “Design Fail”; how about coming up with an alternate solution, that will keep the integrity of fading in and out of the hours intact and still communicate the minutes as stylishly.

0 Designers: Various

No Motion, No Electricity - Cutie!

No Motion, No Electricity – Cutie!

I’m not calling your face attractive, I’m talking about the the BugPlug! It’s a power device that’s cute as a button! I’m sure you’re quite nice looking though, that’s why BugPlug has it’s eyes on you! It detects when you’re in the facility and keeps your devices powered. When you’re gone, the timer goes off, and when it’s done, the devices are done too! Not destroyed, just denied their electricity until you get back.

0 Designer: Ah&Oh Studio

Behold! The Living Pixels!

Behold! The Living Pixels!

It’s a rare day when I or any of my compatriots here at Yanko use the real title of the project in the title of the post for the project, but it just sounded so sweet today. Kinda like a monster of futurism! And that’s what it is! Behold! This is a lighting system that goes by the name “Living Pixels” and it’s designers have taken that which already exists, charging it with the true energy of design-perfect creativity, creating light! Lovely, colorful light!

0 Designers: Chan Wan Ki Kay, Chen Siu Wa Shai Chai, and Suen Ka Hei Catherine