Austrian Design Student Wins Electrolux Design Lab 2008 with His Concept "Flatshare"
STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN--(Marketwire - October 13, 2008) - Stefan Buchberger, from the University of
Applied Arts, Vienna, Austria, has been chosen winner of the Electrolux
(PINKSHEETS: ELUXY) Design Lab 2008 competition for inventing Flatshare.
Flatshare is a modular fridge with individual compartments for people who
live with several roommates.
Flatshare consists of a base station and up to four stackable modules. The
modules allow each individual user to have his or her own refrigerator
space and can be customized with various colorful skins, as well as with
add-ons like a bottle opener. Handles mounted on the side make it easy to
transport the modules.
College students, grad students and young professionals often share living
spaces... and kitchens. With Flatshare, never again will they have to
endure another person's moldy cheese or old leftovers.
"I got the idea to create the Flatshare fridge because in many shared flats
there is a problem with the refrigerator," says Buchberger. "It gets filthy
because no one person feels responsible for cleaning it."
Reinventing the fridge
The jury was impressed by the ingenuity. "A fridge is a tricky thing to
reinvent," says Henrik Otto, head of Global Design for Electrolux and chair
for the jury. "Flatshare, however, manages to be new in a fun and
expressive way. A shared refrigerator is also very relevant from a
consumer-insight perspective, managing to resolve the needs and wants of
the target group."
"This concept stood out, in color as well as design, and the fact that you
could personalize your Flatshare modules added an interesting emotional
value," adds Yves Behar, award-winning Swiss designer and fellow juror.
The Design Lab 2008 award is a prize of approximately $7,000 and a
six-month internship at one of Electrolux global design centers.
The award for second place went to iBasket by Guopeng Liang from Tongji
University, Shanghai, China.
Third place went to Coox by Antoine Lebrun from L'Ecole de Design Nantes
The other six finalists were:
Sook, a social networking recipe generator with electronic tongue, by Adam
Brodowski, Savannah College of Art and Design, USA.
E-bag, a kinetic energy-powered cooler bag, by Apore Puspoki,
Moholy-Nagy University of Arts and Design, Budapest, Hungary.
Stratosphere, a sanitizing clothes rack/valet, by Atilla Safrani,
Moholy-Nagy University of Art and Design Budapest, Hungary.
Vesta, a foldaway cooktop with RFID scanner, by Matthias Pinkert, HTW
Dresden (FH) University of Applied Sciences, Germany.
Drawer Kitchen, a desk-drawer hotplate and fridge, by Nojae Park, Chiba
Scan Toaster, a USB toaster that prints news, weather and snapshots onto
slices of toast, by Sung Bae Chang, Sejong University, South Korea.
More information on all finalists is available here:
The 2008 Electrolux Design Lab, the sixth edition of this annual
competition, challenged undergraduate and graduate industrial design
students to create home appliances for the Internet generation 2-3 years
from now. Entries were to address food storage, cooking, and/or washing.
The competition targeted the upper-age segment of the Internet generation
comprising brand-conscious, busy young professionals between 25-35 who are
independent, concerned about the environment and whose lives are
intertwined with technology and online social networks. This year, there
were more than 600 entries from 49 countries.
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Electrolux is a global leader in home appliances and appliances for
professional use, selling more than 40 million products to customers in 150
countries every year. The company focuses on innovations that are
thoughtfully designed, based on extensive consumer insight, to meet the
real needs of consumers and professionals. Electrolux products include
refrigerators, dishwashers, washing machines, vacuum cleaners and stoves
sold under esteemed brands such as Electrolux, AEG-Electrolux, Eureka and
Frigidaire. In 2007, Electrolux had sales of $16 billion and 57,000
employees. For more information, visit http://www.electrolux.com/press.
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