Electrolux is at it again. The appliance manufacturer supports forward thinking in design every year in its Design Lab competition. This year, in the run-up to the last call for entries on May 1, they have challenged students at the Domus Academy in Milan to provide presentations for a separate exhibition titled Electrolux ReSource. In Electrolux's words:
The ReSource concepts include sustainable thinking and cultural reference points - both of which are increasingly important issues for product design as our planet's resources disappear and our changing habits and lifestyles are fed by multi-cultural influences in our quest for novelty.
In execution, the entries promote sustainability while also highlighting an efficient use of space. Several examples stand out:
The KEWA (Kinetic Efficient Water Appliance) by Pietro Russomanno is a concept device designed to rapidly clean dishes by using a "water-blade" that is created from mixing water with pressurized air.
The Aeolus by Chi Rong Hsu (shown at the top of this post) is an extractor fan that doubles as a hanging rack for utensils and accessories.
Chefiamo by Jervis Chua is a virtual cookbook that projects a holographic representation of a friend or relative guiding you through the cooking process. An interactive glove completes the concept and could be used to weigh and measure items.
Remember, these are designs and not actual products. Yet. Check out the whole series over at the Electrolux Design Lab page.