Set a designer free and they’ll make products that they would love to own and use. That seems to be the consensus with our Top Appliance Designs post today. While some of them try to just simply mimic the visual styles of other companies (VW, Dyson), other products try to do more than what they’re expected to do or do something a product hasn’t done before. That’s the essence of innovation, now isn’t it?
The products below show how designers are able to hack the frustration of users and consumers worldwide… and use that ability to design products that we’ve never seen before, but more importantly, can’t wait to see it turn into reality!
Klaus Bischoff – Volkswagen’s Head of Design – describes the brand’s design philosophy in 3 words: “Simple, sophisticated, and different.” Designer Jarim Koo has undoubtedly adopted this philosophy across the ‘Barista Beetle’ coffee machine.
This Dyson coffee machine concept explores what we might expect from the dominating vacuum brand if they ventured into the world of kitchen appliances.
Gotta love this twist on the rice cooker! Called the “Haier Multipurpose Cooker”, it takes the versatility of this popular appliance and multiplies it times 3! Instead of one unit for steaming, it features three cooking hubs with containers of different sizes.
A vacuum sealer feature is integrated directly on the door so you can quickly seal and store unused food. Just place the food item in the bag, place the edge into the slot and it will remove air before sealing it.
This sewing machine has an e-ink display on the side that guides you through spool loading processes and lets you choose from a large database of stitching styles by showing you graphics that make much more sense on screen than having to open and browse through a user manual every time you use the machine.
Using a heat, steam and an internal pressing machine, Effie irons your clothes for you!
This minimalist lighting and air purifying pod is capable of being carrying and placed almost anywhere but is specifically designed for use in the kitchen.
The O-Fan (named aptly) powers itself via MicroUSB and instead of looking like a fan on the end of a USB stick, looks more traditional, with a dash of fresh and quirky.
It’s called Pop-Up Laundry and it’s a twist on the washing machine that takes inspiration from the toaster. Yes, you heard that right! Simply hang up your dirty shirt and with the push of a button it will lower and the cleaning/pressing process will begin.
It’s hand-operated and doesn’t require any batteries or electricity, meaning as long as you’ve got hot water, you’ve got fresh espresso!
The Cozy table exists at the intersection of furniture and appliance, doing double duty as both a side table and indoor air purifier. As an added bonus, the top surface doubles as an induction charger for Android and late model iPhones AND there’s a built-in light.
This air conditioner stays flush within a wall, almost integrating itself into the building’s architecture like a radiator. It comes with an air outlet running along the top and sides, and a screen at the base that instead of flashing numbers and mnemonic symbols like fans and water droplets, builds context, by visualizing what the AC is doing.
Sized to fit the most compact of spaces, this steam washer eliminates the need for bulky under-counter washers and even dishwashing liquids.
This lightweight vacuum adopts an unconventional circular form that’s not only beautiful but functional for navigating smoothly around furniture and other objects. The the glass top interface notifies users when it’s time to empty the collection bin and will even alert when an area has already been vacuumed!
Herb Garden makes it possible to practice your green thumb on fresh, organic herbs from the comfort of home! About the size of a refrigerator, it features 3 sets of growing chambers, an LED light box, air pump and a fan for atmospheric adjustments.
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