Electrolux, a leading household appliance innovator, has chosen eight finalists to compete for first place in Electrolux Design Lab 07, the fifth edition of this annual global competition. Hundreds of design students from around the world entered this year's competition and were challenged to present their ideas on for eco-friendly and sustainable household appliances and solutions for 2020.
The finalists are:
- Return Pot: plastic decomposer, by Juan Ying-Hao from Cranbrook Academy of Art, U.S.A.
- Fog Shower: water-saving shower, by João Diego Schimansky from Pontificia Universidade Catolica do Paraná, Brazil
- Pebble: solar food cooker by Laura Pandelle from École Boulle, France
- e-Wash: natural detergent washing machine by Levente Szabo from Moholy-Nagy University of Art & Design, Hungary
- Pure: dual kitchen sink and detergent-free compact dishwasher by Tatjana Voronova from Hochschule für Gestaltung Schwabisch Gmünd, Germany
- NatureWind: eco-solar aircleaner by Bae Won-Ho from Dong-A University, South Korea
- Circompo: automatic food composter by Thanat Tengamnuay from King Mongkut's University of Technology Thonburi, Thailand
- Go Fresh: energy-saving fridge with individual, honeycomb-shaped compartments by He Cheng Fei from Jiangnan University, China
They have all been invited to the final judging event and award ceremony in Paris, where the winner of Design Lab 07 will be announced on November 28. The Design Lab 2007 has a First Prize of 5,000 Euro and a six-month internship at one of Electrolux's global design centers.
Challenging these finalists to meet the highest standards is a jury of internationally renowned members of the environmental, design, and technology communities. They will judge the final selections based on their design and innovation, while taking functional, aesthetical and emotional aspects into account. The composition of the jury will be announced later in September.
Design Lab is an annual global design competition open to undergraduate and graduate industrial design students who are invited to present innovative ideas for household appliances of the future.
The first edition in 2003 was with direct cooperation with three design schools in Europe only. Since then Electrolux has developed the project to a global scale and opening it up to design students from schools around the world.
The competition is currently on its fifth consecutive edition and has been run in Budapest, New York, Stockholm and Barcelona. In 2006, the Design Lab Award went to Nevale, a portable food carrier that lets consumers keep up to four different home-cooked meals at the right temperature, while featuring an intuitive, ecological and sleek design.
More details on the current as well as past editions of Design Lab can be found on the competition's 'Webby Award' winning website: http://www.ElectroluxDesignLab.com