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!

Before I give you the randomly listed 25 designs, here’s a bit of background on the theme: The idea is to design an appliance or a suite of appliances that will help combat the space crunch, limited resources plus advocate energy savings at the same time.

25) A- Laundry: Community Laundry Concept by Kai Wai Lee

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A communal laundry for the entire apartment block! Space saving indeed but what makes it different from the usual Laundromats is that there are individual laundry baskets for each family to take home, fill up with the dirty clothes, to bring back and wash.

24) Bio Robot Refrigerator by Yuriy Dmitriev

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The Bio Robot fridge cools biopolymer gel through luminescence and uses non sticky, odorless gel to envelope stored food as individual pods. Sans doors and drawers, the fridge can be oriented vertical or horizontal, as per the home requirements.

23) Bio Tank, Robotic ‘FishWasher’ by Akifusa Nakazawa

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The Bio Tank does the dishes, is a pet and a composter…all-in-one! The Robotic fish cleans up the dish, turns the food and grime into bio fuel. It filters to clean the water, meaning no replacing the dirty water either…coz there won’t be any!

22) Bx7 Preparation Unit by Losif Mihailo

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Don’t pack in vitamin pills like Samantha in Sex and The City 2, instead gorge on capsules of zinc, calcium, magnesium, or carbohydrates with water to for nutritious juice!

21) Clean Closet – All in One Laundry Concept by Michael Edenius

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This is the closet of the future so it has the right to include cleaning facilities in it! So basically when you hang your clothes, the internal scanner scans it for dirt and cleans it accordingly and at the end of the cycle you got fresh, hung clothes in a closet.

20) In-home Clothing Printer by Joshua Harris

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It’s the future and you absolutely have the right to print and wear your own clothes. I wonder if this means I can print my own Dior Couture and LV fashion when I’m in 2050!

19) Community Fridge by Pedro Sanin Perez

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Taking community living to another level is this share-your-fridge concept. Each house gets its own space in a large community refrigerator that takes charge of the refreshments and groceries. Crunch in your code, details of what you want to snack on and your personal fridge dispenses the goodies via the common dispensing shaft. I know many of you may want to bicker about this concept, coz it’s got many pros and cons; I’ll put this one up as an individual post with details, later. So hold your breath till then.

18) Dismount Washer – Wash & Go Laundry by Lichen Guo

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The Dismount Washer combines the laundry basket and the washing machine drum into one. Basically you hook up the washing drum onto the wall mountable motor (or ‘energy stick’) and let it do its business. The concept addresses only the space-crunch aspect of the modern world.

17) Eco Cleaner by Ahi Andy Mohsen

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As discussed earlier, the Eco Cleaner cleans the dishes and turns the dirt to compost for plants. It also predicts a future where meals will be more easier to cook as capsules!

16) Elements Modular Kitchen by Mathew Gilbride

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All-In-One Kitchen Shelving is a modular system with wall-mounted appliances that provide flexible modes of cooking, refrigeration, air conditioning, lighting, and environmental design. All this so that you have more prime space to call home! More details on this cool project soon!

15) External Chilling – External Refrigerator by Nicolas Hubert

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This refrigerator is a unit meant to be installed outdoors, as in the balcony. It’s meant to take advantage of the changing weather; in winters the low temps outdoors require the fridge to consume lesser energy to keep foods fresh and during the summers, solar panels harness the goodness of the sun!

14) Freedge – The Inside-Out Fridge by Matthew McNaughton

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Quite similar to the External Chilling, Freedge too is based on the concept of harnessing the goodness of the winter months to the food’s advantage. However this design sees the iteration of a pull out drawer rather than wall mounting.

13) GAIA Wall Mounted Air Purification by Ankit Kumar

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Ankit from India is probably too aware of the health issue thanks to our polluted environment. Dust and grime are a part of our daily routine here. His offering to the Design Lab Competition is the GAIA Root, a wall mounted ‘personal ecosystem’ that creates energy from a living wall of plants providing air circulation, air purification and temperature control. Hot, humid and dusty Mumbai so needs this!

12) The Snail Micro Induction Heating System by Peter Alwin

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Using high density sugar crystal battery for power, the Snail heats up food via magnetic induction. Latching onto utensils externally, the appliance uses its inbuilt sensors to detect the type of food and thus set the heating time and intensity.

11) The Inflower – Small Laundry Cleaning Units by Jianjiang Yin

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Inflower is this compact handheld unit that works as a cleaner of stains sans water. Solar powered, the unit uses nano technology to clean clothes and even doubles up as an air purifier for stored clothes.

10) Instinct Vacuum Cleaner by Berty Bhuruth

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The Sheep-like Cleaner is a robotic vacuum cleaner concept that visualizes the room it has to clean in 3D and then charts its course of action. It will even satisfy your cravings for a robotic pet! Just Kidding!

9) The Kitchen Hideaway by Daniel Dobrogorsky

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Virtual Reality comes to the kitchen! Imagine thinking of a delicious 3-course meal and robotic chefs in a communal kitchen laboring over the stove to cook it! That’s the future..2050! Headset, imagination and obedient robots is all that you need.

8 ) Lupe Hand Held Washing Machine by Il-seop So

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I’m biased but I simply adore the idea of washing, ironing & drying in one go! Lesser time spent on cleaning means more on the computer for me!

7) Mesh Cooker – Expandable Oven & Hob by Lucian Cucu

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The Mesh Cooker is a portable device that uses retractable aluminum and expandable Teflon to a variety of foods. The Mesh Cooker can be placed on a table or anywhere near a socket to plug it in. The cooker doubles up as an oven with a cooking plate – heating food within or on top depending on how you like it. When not in use the Mesh Cooker folds away in to a 30 x 10 cm space.

6) MESO- Food Injection by Bogdan Ionita

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I’m a little spooked by the Meso, but I guess it has to do with my fear for needles. What the Meso proposes is a device that directly injects nutrients to your blood stream after determining what food groups you require. This may be ok for the folks in 2050, but I’d still want to bite into a juicy burger…It’s got all the nutrition I need!

5) Space Saving Kitchen Range – Modular Kitchen Appliance by Shin Woosup

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What a wonderful idea, one modular appliance that is efficient enough to prepare the entire breakfast. A toaster, a kettle and an induction hob, that’s what the Modular Kitchen Appliance is all about!

4) Preserved Egg Sweep Robot by Kai Dung

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Four Balls, no pun intended, clean up your home for you; recharge at a base station and behave like tennis balls on the clay court. Confused? Don’t be, I’m talking about the Preserved Egg Sweep Robot. Enjoy the service while you can.

3) The Drum Washing Machine by Andras Suto

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Another heavy-duty Communal Laundry System that allows the community to share the washing facilities. Basically it features an extractable washing machine drum that doubles up as a laundry basket for transportation between home and wash-area.

2) Zephyr Integrated Laundry System by Dulyawat Wongnawa

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Zephyr is a storage unit that cleans clothes using ‘Airwash’ technology (with ozone being created to remove bacteria and odors, as currently found in industrial cleaning) and steam to remove wrinkles.

1) Qumi Flexible Cooking Unit by Ilia Vostrov

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Qumi is a fold out universal kitchen set that can be used for heating, frying and steaming a wide variety of food types (including water based meals such as soup). Its supposed to be hung up on the induction charging hook, when not in use. The concept features no display or control panel, and all instructions are supposed to be processed via mobile devices in the network ready home of the future.

These were the 25 smashing projects, some of which you got a glimpse of before, some that we’ll discuss in detail later. The final countdown will have 8 finalists battling it out in September, in London. They will be invited to present their concept to a jury of expert designers. The first prize of a six-month paid internship at an Electrolux global design centre and 5,000 Euros. A second prize of 3,000 Euros and third prize of 2,000 Euros are also on offer.

202 Comments

  • Entropy says:

    There's not a single thing on this list that has any worth whatsoever. These products are retarded. Let's be real. Less isn't better. Your not going to save the earth by using an "external refrigerator" or whatever the hell that is.

    • Joe Hartford says:

      because of people like YOU, is that this world probably won't survive to see the 2050…

  • Entropy says:

    There's not a single thing on this list that has any worth whatsoever. These products are retarded. Let's be real. Less isn't better. Your not going to save the earth by using an “external refrigerator” or whatever the hell that is.

    • Joe Hartford says:

      because of people like YOU, is that this world probably won't survive to see the 2050…

      • Enthalpy says:

        It's because of people like YOU, that I have have lost faith in the scientific understanding of the general public.

  • Kip says:

    I gotta say, feeding module sounds like an annoying thing but the idea of something that can detect what you need on a nutritional level sounds like a great idea. I would rather eat a nice sandwich than be injected with nutrients but I wouldn't mind something to help me decide what to put on that sandwich

  • Kip says:

    I gotta say, feeding module sounds like an annoying thing but the idea of something that can detect what you need on a nutritional level sounds like a great idea. I would rather eat a nice sandwich than be injected with nutrients but I wouldn't mind something to help me decide what to put on that sandwich

  • noel otmore says:

    Take a lookmat the Dyson products — as concepts they too would look pointless.

  • noel otmore says:

    Take a lookmat the Dyson products — as concepts they too would look pointless.

  • TDS (tedious) says:

    They're pretty cool, but, I donno, maybe I'd rather have the old stuff. Still, imagine in 2050, every single one of those items is a regular household item…

    that'd be kinda cool. AT least the kitchens would be tidy!

  • TDS (tedious) says:

    They're pretty cool, but, I donno, maybe I'd rather have the old stuff. Still, imagine in 2050, every single one of those items is a regular household item…

    that'd be kinda cool. AT least the kitchens would be tidy!

  • boiublob says:

    i dont get it

  • cool stuff hope that they get made.

  • cool stuff hope that they get made.

  • NCA says:

    I think what people are missing out on is that the design brief was to SAVE SPACE. Yes we have things that do all things, but how can they be minimized to save space? That is what these designers set out to do.

  • ELR says:

    Yeah if they come out with these products in 2050 it will be in no time that all of them will be needed because your taking all the work out of life that helps motivate you to get off the computer or couch and move…. is it so hard to run some water in the sink and wash your own dishes. This is the future for fat lazy people, so I guess they will be needing that extra space after all… Just look at what technology has done to people today… people in 2050, be sure and add a new futuristic rascal for all the 300+ people it will create with it.

  • Anonymous says:

    I could see a lot of these being possible, but not the at home clothing printer. That's a little too far fetched; retailers would never allow it.

    • Economics says:

      Actually, as far as some of these concepts go, that one actually has some promise. People have been talking about printing a lot of products as of late. Retailers would allow it if they could ensure that you couldn't make as many of them as you wanted. Granted, with piracy the way it is, I don' t know if that's really going to be possible. But, assuming that it is, it would let retailers reduce their prices, since they don't have to pay for the shirt itself, or shipping costs, or storing the shirts, etc. In reality, a retailer with this type of system would have almost no material costs at all.

  • bob says:

    Is this a joke all these hate comments and most of you cant even take the time to spell out a full word, don't leave your crap on here about how you think these designers need to get a life if you cant take the time spell out a bloody word.

  • Some of these products are just too ridiculous.

  • Cristian says:

    Super! Very nice as design… We'll see about the utility and if they will becomes real products.

  • Cristian says:

    Super! Very nice as design… We'll see about the utility and if they will becomes real products.

  • Jude Crasta says:

    These products all look nice and shiny. As for the functionality and actual usefulness, I see 2050 heading a different path, these are just too far fetched and too useless for public interest. Bet these things are going to have a shiny price tag when they come out regardless of how expensive they are to make.

  • Jude Crasta says:

    These products all look nice and shiny. As for the functionality and actual usefulness, I see 2050 heading a different path, these are just too far fetched and too useless for public interest. Bet these things are going to have a shiny price tag when they come out regardless of how expensive they are to make.

  • Mainual says:

    It seems that we will live inn a robotc future. Theese designs are great but will the customers be satisfied with the price of the product in the stores.

  • Mainual says:

    It seems that we will live inn a robotc future. Theese designs are great but will the customers be satisfied with the price of the product in the stores.

  • A says:

    I don’t understand why people can’t at least appreciate the creativity and design aspects of these concepts. I think they are all great ideas, maybe most of them aren’t practical in the least, but who cares? They are just concepts. I’d like to see the people posting negative comments come up with anything creative at all. It’s never the whiny bickering people that help change the world, it’s people with vision and creativity like the ones behind these designs that do.

  • Erin says:

    These products won’t be available in the next five years, let alone twenty. Stop being so “Debbie Downer”. These are concepts, ideas, designs. They aren’t things that we’ll be able to purchase tomorrow. The main thing is that, hey, look- there are students/designers/conceptual thinkers, that are thinking about the -future- and how to one- save space in places that will, eventually, have none, two- help the environment somewhat and three- help US. Commenting like small children makes no sense. Please, shut up.

    As for the designs, they are well thought-out conceptions of what our future may possibly be. Humans continue to reproduce and at the current rate of reproduction, it is completely viable that we may, indeed, have need of these things when our cities are so full that every inch of space needs to be functional to our needs.

    Of course the designs are also about aesthetics. Who of you would purchase an old, rusty, half-broken stove and place it in your home? None of you. Until you can post seriously, why waste the precious energy you have by posting here instead of checking on your little farms in Farmville.

  • Robotattak says:

    Wow… This just makes your look at the future and think.. Robots are going to attack in Kitchen Supplies. HAHA 🙂 The only people that would buy this would be Rich people with nothing else todo.

  • somerandomguy says:

    first of all, as these are concepts, i don’t really see the point in what you said, unless you expect them to be realized, which from what you say you don’t…
    again, these are concepts, so shut the F?ck up.

    While i think that the basic concepts of these products aren’t as good as they can be, if it ever becomes possible to create such products, their usage and power would increase due to the implications of better tech and mechanics.
    think about the original intention of Computers, for example. not at ALL what they are intended for today huh?

    Ironically, the intentions of PC’s seems to have downgraded from military use to Trolling, but oh well…

  • somerandomguy says:

    😀

    hmmn, I guess if the fridge one was circular or concentrated on a ball of some sort, it could simple keep expanding instead of being limited to its front. (360 degrees of expansion instead of <360 (:P))

  • somerandomguy says:

    good point, but if you are less than 20, there’s a good chance that at least something CLOSE to these products will come out in your lifetime.

  • jessie says:

    hugh!!! well when i se it ill believe it!!!

  • Chuck says:

    Cigarettes never change

  • kitler says:

    me neither

  • Kelly says:

    Useless? How are these products useless? Take a look back a mere 100 years ago and you will see how far technology has come and can go in the future. What in the world is wrong with the idea of having a closet that will clean your clothes for you. I, for one, say bring on the technology!

  • Mark says:

    The modular kitchen looks like a series of gaming consoles working in tandem.

  • Berenice says:

    Hello I’m student and I’m interested of this kind of designs and I want to know if the designers think also about the materials.
    What kind of materials they think that will be used in the future?

  • layton says:

    I Really like this Article

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