Each year Electrolux holds a worldwide design competition. This year's theme is "Inspired Urban Living focusing on Social Cooking, Natural Air, and Effortless Cleaning." Here, I'll take a look at some fanciful designs that may one day be found in our kitchens and living rooms. But probably not anytime soon.
Above is the Global Chef, a semifinalist design by Dawid Dawod in Sweden. The kitchen appliance will conjure up holographic chefs to bring cooks together from around the world.
Francisco Barboza Grasa/Electrolux
The KHUB (short for Kitchen Hub) designed by Italy's Francisco Barboza Grasa would help families eat healthier and wiser. Four main applications would guide users through food stock status, diet, recipes, and shopping. Above, the food stock app shows a visualization of food that's nearing its expiration date.
Janne Palovuori from Finland envisions a deceptively simple kitchen gadget titled Nutrima. The device would analyze food placed within a sensor field and display information such as weight, nutrition information, and even toxicity details.
Ke chang-han from the National Yunlin University of Science and Technology gives us Harvest Matching. A "share stick" is placed in a planter and monitors growth. When fruits and vegetables ripen, they can be shared or exchanged among different users.
Ermi van Oers/Electrolux
2D Smart Kitchen
The 2D Smart Kitchen by Ermi van Oers in the Netherlands is a modular kitchen housed in a wall. The name is derived from the concept that instead of three-dimensional kitchen appliances scattered about, all cooking, cleaning, and storage can be achieved via a system of built-in smart appliances that communicate with each other.
Atomium is a food 3D printer by Luiza Silva of Brazil. Conceptualized as a child's toy, the device would be able to scan images and then provide sweet treats modeled after the input.
Adrian Perez Zapata/Electrolux
Adrian Perez Zapata is an industrial design student in Columbia, and he sees Mab as a way to clean the house. The swarm of mini robots emerge from a central device and clean by trapping dirt particles. The autonomous cleaning system would operate by touch or voice commands.