COCO – an air purifier that invites to play
Natural aromas which relax and energize are a great source of inspiration for Latvian designer Kristīne Bula, who is behind the playful air cleaning concept Coco.
What interests you most about being a designer?
As a child I spent a lot of time drawing, gluing, forming and creating fantasy characters, and ever since I can remember I have been fascinated by visual art, colours and shapes. Consequently, when I later discovered design it felt like the perfect space for me to work in.
Tell us how you imagine it would feel to experience COCO in the home?
I’d come home and while I am moving around the house, completing my daily rituals I touch the COCO to release my favourite peppermint and lavender aroma. The scent would leave me relaxed and charged with energy.
What was the inspiration behind your idea?
It came to me whilst I was on my traineeship. I was walking down the streets of Lisbon watching the trees and the leaves blowing in the wind, when inspiration hit me. I started to focus on the aromatic fruits growing in the trees, and how the wind was helping to spread the natural aroma.
What has it been like to be in the competition?
It’s been great to see the competition help develop, change and improve my initial concept, and also the other participants’. The competition itself has also been a challenge – pushing participants such as myself to show off their best skills. I am truly happy that COCO has been well received and I’ve enjoyed showing off my ideas, skills and capabilities. Electrolux Design Lab is a global competition, so it’s been a great opportunity to showcase my work to the wider design community.
How have your friends and family reacted to your success in the competition so far?
I have received an abundance of compliments from my family and friends, as well as the Art Academy of Latvia. I’ve also received well wishes and congratulations from people supporting creative youth via social networks.