Aeroball and Natural Air highlights
Natural Air is one of the focus areas in this year’s Electrolux Design Lab competition as the desire for cleaner and healthier indoor air quality is more relevant. The quality of air in our homes can switch the ambiance of a room and is an invisible way of influencing our daily well being.
The climate we live in is constantly changing; changes in the air quality of urban environments crate challenges and so consumers are looking for their indoor space to be a sanctuary from the suburban outdoors. Healthier air quality is a core factor for consumers, affecting personal health and appearance. Importantly for consumers, the potential to bring ‘fresh country air’ to the city could completely transform the atmosphere within their home.
Below we have selected some inspiring highlighting of air cleaning concepts from the previous Design Lab competitions.
Aeroball (2012): Jan Ankiersztajn, Poland
The winner of the 2012 Design Lab competition is a revolutionary way to improve the air quality within the spaces that we live. Aeroball is a collection of luminescent, hovering balls that can filter and fragrance the air in a room. When filtration is not enough, Aeroball also comes in scented varieties. The glowing shell of the sphere absorbs light during the day and radiates at night, a delicate indoor firefly always working to improve the air that we breathe. They float using helium and drift down to the ground when they are ready to be changed.
Foliage (2010): Rami Santala, Finland
Foliage works in much the same way as an ordinary plant that can be placed on a window ledge within the living space. However, instead of oxygen and sugar Foliage produces clean and cool air using solar energy. The beautiful and delicate concept also has the ability to transform its shape and surface area by itself.
Nature Wind (2007): Bae Won-Ho, South Korea
Nature Wind is a window-mounted, solar-powered appliance that uses a series of filters to refresh and sanitise household air. The solar-powered fan blows fresh outdoor air through a bamboo charcoal filter, a water filter and finally through a phytoncide filter. Phytoncides are natural antibiotic substances that plants use to protect themselves from harmful insects and microorganisms.
GAIA Root (2010): Ankit Kumar, India
This concept is a self-sustaining, wall mounted ‘personal ecosystem’ that creates energy from a living wall of plants providing air circulation, air purification and temperature control abilities. Envisaged as a personal touch of green, the wall units are modular so can be fitted in to homes and apartments of different sizes as required, providing individualised clean air whilst taking up minimum space.