Designboom is one of those places that you can go away from for a few days and come back to a wealth of information and good reads. Largely, I’m only free for a few minutes to browse around, and I’ll wind up gravitating toward their competition section. The winners of their most recent post, Electrolux Group’s Imagine the Home in 2020 has just been announced this very day and it’s a smorgasboard of interesting industrial design. This year’s first prize was the AirWash, by Wendy Chua and Gabriel Tan. Here’s their description:
Air Wash is a waterless washing machine which uses negative ions, anti-bacterial deodorants and highly pressurized air to clean clothes. The air jet washing technology is inspired by the beating action of clothes against river rocks in days gone by. Negative ions aids this air jet action by clumping dust, inactivating bacteria and neutralising odours. Wearing the clothes after air wash, one is drenched with negative ions, which has proven health benefits such as improved blood circulation and anti-depressant properties. Air Wash provides a new means to clean clothes in a gentler but effective way, eliminating water wastage and detergent use while preserving the quality and color of clothes. It is especially relevant for jeans, jackets, wool and non-washable textiles. Marrying technology and an emotive user experience through an intuitive buttonless interface, it aims to humanise the washing machine into a symbol of holistic living. Its form is inspired by the fluidity of a waterfall – nature’s negative ion generator, and we hope to bring this essence of natural cleansing and purification into the home of 2020.