Lightweight Laundromat


Almost all consumer electronics have experienced the ‘portability’ wave, haven’t they? Vacuum cleaners became hand-held dustbusters, stoves have been portable for ages now. Even the refrigerator shrank down so it could fit in the boot of your car and travel to campsites. However, the washing machine never really fully saw a portable variant. You know what that means? It’s a wonderfully unexplored segment for designers!

The Buck Wash aims at bringing the technology of a washing machine into the footprint of a bucket. Designed for the lower-middle class Indian who still washes clothes by hand because they can’t afford and/or don’t have the space for a washing machine, the Buck Wash is perfectly sized, priced, and interfaced. Keeping things simple and functional, the Buck comes with a single knob that takes care of it all. A single drum on the inside has a unique shape with a centrifugal character. This, and other innovations by the designer allow it to work like a charm and also use up to 40% less water. Plus with its clean, pure aesthetic, it fulfills the aspirational need to own a washing machine.

Designer: Raja Sandeep Kumar