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2013-07-02 | No Comments

Air Drop – convenient air cleaning for small urban spaces

Air Drop

Jillian Tackaberry from USA explains how she got the idea of creating a solution for cleaning the air living in a small apartment in Chicago. With her concept you will experience the purity of the air and visualize an exotic environment filled with unique plant life.



What interests you most about being a designer?

As a kid I was always drawing up ideas and asking “What if?” This inquisitive creativity is something that been present my entire life. In high school I was always the person in art class, with other personal projects on the side. I also enjoyed taking something old from the basement and giving it a new function. It wasn’t until college when I was considering studying architecture and graphic design, that I tried out the industrial design class and discovered it was the missing link somewhere between the two.


Tell us how you imagine it would feel to experience Air Drop in the home?

Living in a small Chicago apartment, I know that escaping the hectic city life is what home is all about. Clean air is certainly a major part of this. One experience city dwellers miss out on is clean natural air and lush green openness that you get from being in a rural environment. The Air Drop solves this problem. With the Air Drop you’ll return home from work and instantly experience the purity of the air and visualize an exotic environment filled with unique plant life. The floating aspect of the Air Drop would also help aid relaxation.


What was the inspiration behind your idea?

When I set out to enter the competition, I knew I wanted to address the problem of clean air in urban environments. I felt there was a need for a space conscious solution, particularly as it was something that related to my own life. Somewhere in a web of internet searches and my personal observations I fused together a selection of words to come up with a solution. These included: air, floating, fresh, filter, relaxed, clouds, green, simple, natural, allergens, and openness, growing, living, breathing and non-traditional. From there I pieced together a solution. My fix was to hang my solution on the wall or from the ceiling, so it didn’t take too much floor space.


What has it been like to be in the competition?

The whole process has been exciting, I like how each stage calls for a new focus. This means we are continually improving and developing on the original design, ensuring that every aspect is well-thought-out and produces a more integrated end result. I think the biggest challenge for me has been achieving my own vision for the design. Looking back from the start of the competition to now, I can say that I am very happy with what I have done and how far I have come in the competition.


How have your friends and family reacted to your success in the competition so far?

They have all been very excited for me! After I told one of my teachers that I got into the top 100+, and was the only person from the United States left, she immediately told the head of the design school at my university who then sent out an email to all the students. Soon teachers and students I didn’t even think knew my name were congratulating me and asking more about the competition or saying they really liked my concept.


Thank you!

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