Electrolux today named Adrian Mankovecký and his Portable Spot Cleaner the winning entry in the 2011 Design Lab competition. Mankovecký is a student at the Academy of Fine Arts and Design Bratislava in Slovakia. The Portable Spot Cleaner earned the top honor out of a field of 1300 appliance designs entered from over 50 countries. Mankovecký won EUR 5,000 and a six-month paid internship at an Electrolux global design center.
A jury of architects and designers selected the Electrolux Design Lab winner from eight finalists. The announcement of the top winners took place at the Room Home Intelligence Conference London on Sept. 7, 2011.
"Electrolux Design Lab contributes to our dialogue with consumers about future design and product development. This is necessary in today’s global appliance business," said President and CEO Keith McLoughlin.
The Portable Spot Cleaner has two components. The user places one component on either side of the garment and chooses one of the four cleaning programs. The appliance releases steam as well as negative Ions, designed to refresh clothing and remove stains. The appliance is powered with a sugar crystal battery and can be used practically anywhere in the world.
”The Portable spot cleaner is built on a very solid consumer insight and it is highly relevant," the jury wrote. "It is an instant laundry device that has a positive impact on the environment by reducing consumption. Its usage and interaction are very intuitive. We all want one.”
• The second place winner was Ribbon, an all-in-one hotplate, warming device, and cooler for portable use, designed by Enzo Kocak from Monash University in Australia.
• Third place went to Smoobo Blender, a fun and environmentally friendly way of making smoothies, by Roseanne de Bruin from Massey University in New Zealand. Users bounce this ball-like appliance to kinetically charge the batteries inside.
• Online voters chose the Onda portable microwave oven to be the People’s Choice Award-winner. The appliance heats prepackaged meals and is powered by paper batteries. It was designed by Matthew Schwartz from California State University Long Beach in the United States.
Descriptions and photos of the 25 semi-finalists from the 2011 Design Lab can be found in the ApplianceMagazine.com June report: Concept Appliances: Design Lab 2011 Top 25 Semi-Finalists.
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