Compact Living in 2050 : Electrolux Design Lab 2010

Well, enough of the promises made in my last post one and half years ago. How much I wished I would post my experiences, but I guess my "who-would-sit-just-to-type" alterego got better of me. To sum it up, last year - 2010, has been a cornucopia of superwonderful things; a well appreciated cognizance, an informative architecture internship at switzerland, a brilliant attempt at transparence, two fun filled semesters, few awards, many projects and uncountable ideas later I am a very changed man. Yet I dont want to type unless I am threatened by marks! Sadly enough, my BLOG is now officially running a Back-LOG.

The one thing the struck to me in this time was the shift to minimalism and the concerns for futurism. And the electrolux design lab 2010 bears a witness to that.The 2010 edition of the Electrolux Design Lab competition focused on creative solutions for compact living. The brief asked industrial design students to consider how people will prepare and store food, wash clothes, and do dishes in the homes of 2050, when 74%* of the global population are predicted to live in an urban environment.

My Entry : The Amulet, Universal Electronic Controller, Sanat Rath, India

The Amulet is the big brother of a universal remote, controlling electronic devices of all sorts. The device analyzes and processes hand gestures to send signals corresponding to the electronic equipment. Wearing the Amulet on your wrist, you can gesture your lights to turn off, increase the volume of your music system or simply swipe your hands to change channels. Not only that you can make phone calls, measure weights or even make virtual objects. Imagine, with Amulet every computer becomes a "remote" touch screen.

Global Finalists
The top 8 concepts had been chosen from designers based in eight different countries: Australia; China; USA; India, Iran Russia, France and Sweden.

1: The Kitchen Hideaway, Daniel Dobrogorsky, Australia
The Kitchen Hideaway is a virtual reality concept that allows the inhabitants of a communal building to imagine being in a kitchen, preparing a particular meal rather than having to actually do this for themselves. The thoughts of the user are then transmitted to robotic chefs within the building who then prepare the visualised meal in a real kitchen and with real ingredients. In effect, the headset replaces the need for kitchen appliances in individual dwellings, saving space through creative thinking.

2: The Snail, Peter Alwin, India – Micro Induction Heating

The Snail is a portable heating and cooking device based on magnetic induction processes. Such is the size and versatility of the Snail, it can be stuck directly on to a pot, a pan, a mug etc. to heat the contents.This reduces the amount of space required for conventional cooking whilst adding portability to the process. Powered by a high density sugar crystal battery, the Snail converts the energy from the sugar, heating up a coil to conduct the magnetic induction process to the utensil. Integrated sensors detect the food type being heated so as to automatically adjust the time and temperature. A simple touch sensitive display with interface helps to monitor the process.

3: Elements Modular Kitchen, Matthew Gilbride, USA All-In-One Kitchen Shelving
Mathew Gilbride’s modular, wall-mounted appliance provides flexible modes of cooking, refrigeration, air conditioning, lighting, and environmental design whilst reducing space. The appliance draws power wirelessly through technology applied to the wall, which is supplemented through solar energy as required. Multiple units and surfaces automatically work together through wireless smart networking, whilst customisation is offered by being able to install the units as the user prefers.

4: Bio Robot Refrigerator, Yuriy Dmitriev, Russia – Cool, Green, Food Preservation
Four times smaller than a conventional refrigerator, the Bio Robot cools biopolymer gel through luminescence. Rather than shelves, the non sticky, odourless gel morphs around products to create a separate pod that suspends items for easy access. Without doors, drawers and a motor 90% of the appliance is solely given over to its intended purpose. At the same time, all food, drink and cooled products are readily available, odours are contained, and items are kept individually at their optimal temperature by bio robots. The fridge is adaptable – it can be hung vertically, horizontally, and even on the ceiling. Different sizes and dimensions allow it to perfectly fit the accordant dwelling.

5: Clean Closet, Michael Edenius, Sweden – All in One Laundry Concept
The Clean Closet is essentially just that – a closet that cleans clothing. Textiles are scanned for impurities and cleaned accordingly with molecular technology that removes dirt and odours. The concept replaces the laundry basket, the wash­ing machine, and drying cabinet to save space and, as no water is used in the process, is kinder to the environment.

6: Dismount Washer, Lichen Guo, China – Wash & Go Laundry
Lichen Guo identifies the conventional washing machine as an unnecessary occupier of space. The Dismount Washer addresses this by combining the cleaning vessel and laundry basket in one. The dirty laundry capsule is placed on a wall mountable motor (or ‘energy stick’) which takes up very little space. The energy stick also dispenses steam to aid the cleansing process.

7: External Refrigerator, Nicolas Hubert, France – External Cooling

Two years in China provided the inspiration for Nicolas Hubert’s external refrigerator. Fixed directly on the outside wall of residential buildings, the concept is an elaboration on a way of life in northern China where food is kept on balconies in the winter to save space and energy. During cold seasons and at night, the low external temperatures are used to provide the right climate for items in the fridge. During warmer weather, the sun is used to transform light into energy through solar panels. Nicolas reflects Electrolux design values: the shape and finish are kept pure and simple so as to ensure easy integration with the external urban environment, whilst a range of colours and ambient lighting facilitate this further still.

8: Eco Cleaner, Ahi Andy Mohsen, Iran – the Portable, Compact Dishwasher
The Eco Cleaner is a portable dishwasher and composter that uses ultrasonic waves to ionise food and turn it in to reusable waste. Ahi Andy Mohsen’s concept is designed for use within the increasing numbers of single households and specifically meeting dual predictions: that future food will be supplied in capsule form (thus reducing the required size of vessels to prepare and eat from); and that there will be reduced time for household chores. The Eco Cleaner is simultaneously green and space efficient.

Group Shot – The Eight Electrolux Design Lab 2010 finalists together:

And the winner is...

Peter Alwin, studying at the National Institute of Design in India, was awarded first place in the 2010 Electrolux Design Lab competition. The Snail, Peter’s micro induction heating concept, beat a field of 1,300 entries and seven other finalists at 100% Design, London 23rd September 2010.

The Bulb Invasion

Okay People !
Here follows my first blog entry.

Try ignoring the flamboyance in the statement ; Yes! I am a perfectionist .Thats why it is important for me to choose my words right. I don't want to see a mistake in my first blog and neither want you to dive for one. It is supposed to be a "crazy" ideas blog : NOT some kind of English grammar test that I took in my school days.

Statutory Warnings over, let me get back to the "greater causes" this blog was started for.

1. No. It is not because everybody else has a blog, I thought I should start off with one myself. I tried to be different from the different and ended up being the same. But thats what they call a "coincidence", right???

2. This blog is an update to what I am currently up to. "Whats cooking" from the chef himself. The sneak peek into the Sanat Rath Lab ! What else could one ask for!!!! :P

3. The things which interest me in day today life : Here you get my views and reviews on stuffs both on and off campus. I guess if that includes women too..

4. And Finally. I will like to share with the world, my awesome collection of pure "sanatized" was-that-supposed-to-be-one kind of jokes. At least you have the choice to turn off your system. Bargain, ain't it?

With all the conditions laid down before you, I am ready to deliver real wisdom. But I am kind of weary now designing the cognizance website. But I leave you with a preview of what am I dueling with.

This year's theme is "Technovating India" : A pretty challenging one as per design is concerned. How did I go about the design, the evolution of idea, the process and more in my next web log !