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Electrolux: Designing for the Senses

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The Electrolux Design Lab Competition, an annual event staged yearly by the giant home appliances company, celebrated its 10th anniversary this year with a brief that challenged students to create concepts that stimulate the senses. The 10 finalists, chosen from over 1,200 entrants from around the globe, made final presentations to the jury at Milan’s Triennale Museum last Thursday, where three winners were chosen. The first-prize winner got 5,000 euros and a six-month internship at Electrolux. The second prize earned 3,000 euros and third prize, 2,000 euros. The quality of the presentation played a major role in determining the winner, just in case you may disagree with the selection.

Jan Ankiersztajn, a young Polish student, took first place with Aeroball, a small ethereal object that cleans and...
New Zealander Ben de la Roche took second place with Impress, a modular refrigeration wall that holds food and drinks...
Third prize went to Tastee, which also won The People's Choice award.
Other finalists included Norway's Lisa Frodadottir Låstad’s Easy Stir, a tool that automatically stirs so you don’t...
ICE by Spaniard Julen Pejenaute Beorlegi is not only a lamp that can be adjusted for brightness and color; it also...
Julian Caraulani’s SmartPlate gives new meaning to the phrase sound bite.
Brazil’s Alexandre de Bastiani used nano-technology for Spummy, a device that creates edible foam with any combination...
Treat, by Australian Amy Mon-Chu Liu, combines vacuum sealing, a classic food-storage method, with modern remote mobile...
Memory, a coffee maker that uses handprint recognition to customize brewing—weak, medium or strong; espresso or...
Mo’Sphere, the entry from Mexico’s Yunuén Hernandez is a molecular cooking appliance that can flash freeze, foam,...
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