Cellular Pillow – replicating the natural process to clean air
Qing Ji was in the forest when he got his first idea of the Cellular Pillow. It is an air cleaner designed as a pillow that improves the sleep and the air we breathe. He says that it suppose to feel like you are sleeping in the forest.
What interests you most about being a designer?
Since I was a little boy I dreamed about becoming a great inventor like Edison. It wasn’t until I started university that I understood that an industrial designer is also an inventor. It’s extremely creative discipline and one that I challenge anyone not to be attracted to.
Tell us how you imagine it would feel to experience Celluar Pillow in the home?
Imagine returning home after work, opening the front door and your eyes catching the Cellular Pillow, attracted by its fresh appearance. When you lie on the pillow to sleep or for a nap, instead of tiredness your spirit would feel refreshed and cleansed. You would feel close to nature, as if you were sleeping in a forest.
What was the inspiration behind your idea?
It came from a trip to a forest – the experience reminded me how much our lives lack the freshness of nature. It inspired me to combine elements from nature such as the characteristics of the CAM plant, to design something unique that cleans air. The pillow is an object that is so close to us that it can affect the way we breathe, and so influence the quality of life. So, I set out to combine the biographic technology with a pillow, to design an air cleaner that improves the sleep and the air we breathe.
What has it been like to be in the competition?
Well, most of designers know that the Electrolux Design Lab is one of the toughest design projects in the world, and it not only needs designers’ inspiration, but also needs the grasp and conjecture of future technical development. And all of the conjecture must be based on the support of technology, which is a huge challenge for me. However, I like design challenges, so I enjoyed the process of overcoming difficulties – the process left me so excited that I couldn’t sleep(!)
How have your friends and family reacted to your success in the competition so far?
When I received the news about entering the top 20 I phoned my design partner first, and when we met in the Starbucks we embraced each other for a long time. I’ve had similar reactions from family and friends – they’ve all been so happy for me.