Design Lab finalists announced

Swedish consumer electronics group Electrolux has announced the eight finalists of its annual Design Lab competition.

The competition, now in its fifth year, was launched to undergraduate and graduate industrial design students around the world, with the theme of eco-friendly and sustainable household appliances.

Among those to have made it to the final stage of the competition are US student Juan Ying-Hao for his plastic decomposer, Brazilian student João Diego Schimansky for his water-saving fog shower, Laura Pandelle from France for her solar food cooker, and Levente Szabo from Hungary for e-Wash, a natural detergent washing machine.

German student Tatjana Voronova has also been chosen for her dual kitchen sink and detergent-free compact dishwasher, Pure Washer.

Nature Wind, an eco-solar air cleaner designed by Bae Won-Ho from Dong-A University, South Korea, has attracted judges’ attention, while other finalists’ designs include Circompo, an automatic food composter devised by Thai student Thanat Tengamnuay and Go Fresh, an energy-saving fridge by Chinese student He Cheng Fei.

Finalists will be invited to take part in the awards ceremony in Paris, France, on 29 November.

The winner of Design Lab 07 will scoop the top prize of €5000 (£3475) and a six-month internship at one of Electrolux’s global design centres.

Judges overseeing the selection process include French industrial designer Matali Crasset, international environmental activist Céline Cousteau, gadget and consumer technology presenter Jason Bradbury, and senior vice-president of global design at Electrolux Henrik Otto.

Designs are judged on innovation and function, as well as aesthetic and emotional qualities.

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