You’re now visiting Design Lab 2013. Click here to be redirected to this year’s Design Lab.

Electrolux

Air Drop

3 Stage - Visual Development

The Air Drop: An aesthetic way to enjoy the air around you

  • Concept images
  • Design details
  • Functional details
  • Air Drop - Stage - Visual Development
  • Air Drop - Stage - Visual Development
+
  • Air Drop - Stage - Visual Development
  • Air Drop - Stage - Visual Development
  • Air Drop - Stage - Visual Development
  • Air Drop - Stage - Visual Development
  • Air Drop - Stage - Visual Development
  • Air Drop - Stage - Visual Development
+
  • Air Drop - Stage - Visual Development
  • Air Drop - Stage - Visual Development
  • Air Drop - Stage - Visual Development
  • Air Drop - Stage - Visual Development
+

Expert feedback, stage 3

The concept is interesting and there is consistent development throughout the competition. In the functionality development stage you could look into how much air the appliance is able to clean with this design. Good luck in the competition!

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

2 Stage - Concept Development

the sprawling environment of a growing city + the untamed natural world

  • Air Drop - Stage - Concept Development
  • Air Drop - Stage - Concept Development
+

The Air drop plays with the contrast between the sprawling environment of a growing city and the untamed natural world by allowing the consumer to participate in both. This can be seen in the overall composition of the item. Not only is there contrast between the plant which is untamed and the body which is controlled, there is contrast within the droplet form itself. The smooth glassy plastic material creates a form which emulates water. This solid manufactured static object represents another part of nature which cannot be controlled.

However, water is also often associated with the calmness and cleanliness which many consumers hope to achieve in their own homes. This ties back to the theme of Natural air. For the consumer, the ambience is not only about the quality of the product, it is also about the way in which the product fits into their living space and essentially into the consumer’s life.

Intended to be kept in sight as both a functional and decorative piece, the Air Drop becomes a sort of pet to the city dweller because of its high level of self sufficiency, as air plants only need the occasional soak in water. It is an item that bridges the gap between electronic function and the living qualities of nature in order to better the quality of life for urban dwellers.

As far as the actual effectiveness of the item goes, according to a study conducted in Italy, Air plants or Tillandsias are the most effective plant at absorbing gaseous pollutants in the air. This is because the Tillandsia absorbs nutrients in the air through their leaves. This is also the reason why the plant is so low maintenance.

One element I would like to explore in later stages would be the possibility of the Air drop to be semi self sufficient in its power generation . Ideas for how this could happen include power generation based on decaying plant matter, some type of kinetic movement or utilizing the suns energy.

Not only would this add to the low maintenance qualities of the item, it would also push for overall cleaner air by reducing the usage of power generated by power plants which are one of the major sources of pollution in urban environments.

Expert feedback, stage 2

In the development work there is convincing and thoughtful reasoning for the consumer interest and appeal. When you develop your design for the next stage, please take into consideration to create the visuals so that they describe the functionality of the product. How does the consumer interact with Air Drop? Can the system be self sufficient, and how?

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

1 Stage - My concept

The Air Drop makes filtered air more convenient for the city dweller by being hung from the ceiling instead of taking up floor space.

  • Air Drop - Stage - My concept
  • Air Drop - Stage - My concept
+

The idea behind the Air Drop is to allow for more space in smaller city apartments, as well as provide its user with the cleanest air possible using two filtration methods.

The first method uses a typical filter to reduce actual particles that exist in the air. These particles come from items like candles and pets.

The second method of filtration is the growth of air plants. Air plants are plants that can thrive with only sunlight and air. An air plant is more effective than a typical plant which uses soil because the soil can harbor dust and mildew, two common allergens.

According to a NASA study, indoor plants prove very effective at controlling indoor air pollution. They can absorb gasses such as formaldehyde, benzene, and trichloroethylene.

Ideally the Air Drop would be hung near a window perhaps with several other Air Drops to increase effectiveness.

Expert feedback, stage 1

Decorative and natural air cleaning solution. We would like to hear more about the consumer research behind the concept – what is the consumer appeal, how would a consumer interact with the product and how can the insight be seen in the design?

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *


Subscribe to RSS feed
2013-04-30 | No Comments

Not contributing to the problem.

Looking around at air purifiers has brought a new source of inspiration to this project. Many existing products run off of home electricity. The generation of this electricity is one of the major reasons the air is polluted in the first place. This is where I ask, why contribute to the problem?

Going forward I plan on also focusing on clean energy in order to take the product even further.

  • Not contributing to the problem.
+

2013-04-26 | No Comments

What is an air plant?

Air plants (tillansias) are plants which take nutrients from the air as opposed to soil. They are low maintenance and can be grown indoors or outdoors. These plants
can grow to be 3ft across.

According to this article, “Tillandsias, of all plants on earth, take more particulates out of the air than any other plant”

http://articles.chicagotribune.com/2012-11-14/classified/sc-home-garden-air-plants-20121114_1_air-plants-tillandsias-rainforest-flora

  • What is an air plant?
+