Words by Home & Interiors Editor…
Electrolux, the global leader in home appliances, presented their highly anticipated concepts for this year’s Design Lab Contest at the recent edition of 100% Design in London. Under the theme ‘The 2nd Space Age,’ applicants were asked to consider how people will prepare and store food, wash clothes and do dishes in homes of 2050, when its predicted that 74% of the global population will be living in the urban environment.
The eight finalists presented an array of awe-inspiring and innovative products including Daniel Dobrogorsky’s The Kitchen Hideaway, a virtual reality kitchen which can be accessed through a special helmet, transmitting thoughts to robotic chefs who will then prepare a visualised meal in a real kitchen. This device not only replaces the need for kitchen appliances, but also saves space through creative thinking. Another energy and space saving device is Yurily Dmitriev’s Bio Robot Refrigerator, which cools a biopolymer gel through luminescence that morphs around groceries to keep them fresh, thus allowing the fridge to be 90% self-sufficient. Finally, Clean Closet by Micheal Edenius uses molecular technology to clean clothes, replacing the need for a laundry basket, washing machine and drying cabinet, all this without using any water at all. Discover the eight entries in the image gallery below.
(Image source: Central image: Electrolux, Images below: Mpdclick)
The Kitchen Hideaway by Daniel Dobrogorsky
Bio Robot Refrigerator by Yuriy Dmitriev
Eco Cleaner by Ahi Andy Mohsen
Clean Closet by Micheal Edenius
Dismount Washer by Lichen Guo
External Refrigerator by Nicholas Hubert
Elements Modular Kitchen by Mathew Gilbride