Kitchens and homes of the future: Everything in store at Electrolux’s 2019 product showcase

As we prepare to head down to Stockholm to see what Electrolux’s plans for our future homes and kitchens are, here’s what we know. Considered one of the biggest names in home appliances, Electrolux has, for long, had an approach that is best described as design-forward. As an organizer of the Electrolux Design Lab, a competition that encouraged innovative designers to help Electrolux envision the future of home technology, the company has always had an affinity for conceptual designs that push boundaries, resulting in products that have redefined categories. We got a look at how Electrolux redefined home and kitchen appliances with their showcase at IFA 2018 (under their German sub-brand AEG), with everything from ovens you could control with your voice, induction plates that could turn off when your food’s cooked, and some of the most incredible design details one could imagine in a refrigerator.

Electrolux’s 2019 showcase in Stockholm aims at solidifying its place in every house and kitchen, with products that combine remarkable tech with remarkable usability. Their Intuit range of kitchenware aims at bridging the gap between artificial intelligence and expert cooking. This bridge allows users to rely on AI to assist in meal preparation. The all-knowing AI helps with multitasking, knowing and optimizing cooking processes for taste, and even guiding the user through the process of meal preparation and cooking. Electrolux’s Intuit Range comprises a series of smart-kitchen appliances, featuring the SteamPro oven that’s capable of cooking with steam (an essential for baking soft, delicious bread) as well as performing sous-vide operations to sheer perfection. The oven is even designed to work with Google Assistant, allowing you to simply tell the oven to preheat itself before you use it. Voice commands allow the AI to perfectly execute tasks without having the user to interact with a complex, feature-filled interface. Electrolux’s CookView oven allows you to take your confectionery skills to the next level by remotely viewing what’s happening inside your oven using the oven’s inbuilt camera that lets you keep an eye on your food on a mobile device, even while not in the kitchen.

The SensePro induction hob also forms an integral part of Electrolux’s vision for the future, with a wireless food thermometer that actively tells the induction plate when to increase/decrease the temperature, or when to switch off the stove completely. Imagine never undercooking or overcooking your meat ever again, because the stove ‘keeps an eye on itself for you’. That’s exactly how smart the SensePro aims at being.

The SensePro induction plate even pairs with Electrolux’s Hob2Hood chimney that can intuitively switch on or off depending on what the induction hob tells it. The hob comes with a feature that allows it to distinguish between boiling, steaming, roasting, frying, grilling, and other tasks, giving it the ability to know when to power the hood and clear the kitchen of smoke or smell.

Forming an integral part of Electrolux’s intuitive kitchen is its refrigerator, resplendent with rotating shelves that make sure you don’t forget about stuff kept in the back of the fridge, along with modular containers to mount on the fridge’s door, detachable trays that you can carry to your kitchen counter, and the new UltraFresh+ fridge-freezer that keeps ingredients fresh for longer by offering smart temperature and humidity adjusting capabilities to preserve perishables for longer.

We’re especially excited to see the iF 2019 Award winning ComfortLift dishwasher, that sits on the ground level, but utilizes a clever mechanism to allow the door to open upwards, lifting the trays to an optimal height so you can load and unload the dishwasher without bending down. Using their technical prowess as well as their knack for problem-solving, Electrolux’s products are functional in many ways, offering ease-of-use as well as having a keen eye for small interaction problems that we’ve lived with for years, be it something as taxing as bending down to load or unload the dishwasher, or as critical as leaving the oven on for too long and burning your food to a crisp. We’re headed to Stockholm not to just see Electrolux’s latest products, but to actually use them too. I mean, who wouldn’t want to bake bread with their voice?!

YD JOB ALERT: Grab an Industrial Design Internship at Electrolux!

Considered one of the biggest names in home appliances, Electrolux has, for long, had an approach that is best described as design-forward. As an organizer of the Electrolux Design Lab, a competition that encouraged innovative designers to help Electrolux envision the future of home technology, the company has always had an affinity for conceptual designs that push boundaries, resulting in products that have redefined categories. Electrolux is currently accepting applicants for its Industrial Internship program in Charlotte, North Carolina, USA.

THE OPPORTUNITY

Electrolux is currently looking for two talented and highly creative Industrial Design Interns who will be part of the North American Major Appliances design team. The successful candidate will assist in creating new and innovative design solutions for the Major Appliances North America division of Electrolux. The position will be located in Charlotte, NC.

At Electrolux, design is a global function with around 200 design professionals in seven locations worldwide. We are a diverse studio with a great mix of experience and emerging talent. This Industrial Design Internship role is the perfect opportunity for any individual looking to contribute content that would include but not be limited to initial concepts though final production intent content. You will have the opportunity to work on multiple product platforms and represent our design team whilst working with a wide variety of stakeholders across the Electrolux organization. Our brands in NA include Electrolux, Frigidaire and Vintec. Our team takes a user-focused approach, acting as a strong advocate for the consumer’s needs throughout the end to end journey of the brand experience. We are looking for a passionate and energetic individual to join our ambitious and hardworking family for a time period of no less than six months.

RESPONSIBILITIES

• Able to use appropriate skills, sketching, 3D modeling, rendering, animation and video, to define and communicate product concepts
• Ability to analyze market and design trends and apply through design thinking
• Create broad differentiated and relevant scenarios/ themes/ concepts that explore potential or articulate an innovative proposition
• Communicate ideas clearly and persuasively at an individual and group level, often using story-telling to bring a challenge or opportunity to life
• Apply and define interface and interaction principles. Define and apply general usability principles (in partnership with other competencies Interaction Design, Product Graphics, CMF, etc.)
• Assist in the creation of Industrial Design documentations specifications (2D and 3D data, check point presentation material etc.) at appropriate checkpoints
• Ensure a high-quality Design output, respecting business requirements, brand values and design excellence
• Define and articulate relevant insights by applying benchmarking tools
• Build relationships, team-ship with internal & external stakeholders
• Meet internal and external deadlines according to project planning
• Support relevant involvement of consumers and expert reviews
• Able to create design specification of a product or a range of products within a category in collaboration with Design
• Manager as part of the multifunctional team
• Align and co-operate with internal / external stakeholders, other design functions, development centers, purchasers, marketing, engineering, suppliers, etc. according to design strategy
• Strive for best-in class design solutions to meet or exceed the needs of internal and external customers
• Understanding of consumer segmentation and target groups
• Create and support design quality standards in regards to appeal, usability and Fit Feel Finish from consumer perspective

REQUIREMENTS

• Current or enrollment in an appropriate field such as Industrial Design or Product Design
• Second Year enrollment level
• Shareable project work via web site or portfolio
• Intern must be able to work full time from July 2019 – December 2019
• Great communicator (verbal, written, and visual)
• Resourceful, self-driven, organized and able to motivate others
• A sense for design
• Solid understanding of design methods, tools and processes
• Understanding the importance of good design and brand values, and their impact on the business
• Strong written and verbal communication and interpersonal skills
• The ability to think outside of the box and look into the future
• Strong organizational abilities
• Drive, Energy & Passion
• Learning agility
• Team player, able to work effectively in a matrix organization and to build networks
• Integrity, honesty and morale

LOCATION

Charlotte (North Carolina), USA.

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What if you could bake dishes just by talking?

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The thought may seem inconsequential at the very beginning, but talking to your kitchen appliances can help take a lot of the stress out of cooking… and Electrolux and Google are partnering together to let you do just that. The collaboration between the two companies, and the debut of Electrolux’s Combi-Steam ProSmart Oven lets you literally control the oven via voice. Relying on Google’s Home smart speaker and the ‘OK Google’ command, users can tell the oven to switch on or off, select programs, set timers, and even alter temperatures.

Talking to your oven isn’t just a benefit when you’ve got messy hands, or you’re occupied with other cooking, it helps take the guesswork out of the baking process. Simply telling your oven (via the Google Home) that you’d like to prepare pizza, or probably grill vegetables, or bake some bread allows the oven to automatically know which temperature to operate at, as well as what to put on the timer. You can even add or subtract a few degrees, or add or shave off a minute or two from the timer by simply telling the oven to do so… and when your food’s ready but the family isn’t, tell the oven to keep the dish warm, and it automatically sets the temperature to 80°C, keeping your food piping hot, without cooking it further.

Electrolux and Google are even enabling IFTTT integration to allow other devices to connect to the Google Home, letting you shoot text messages out to family members when dinner’s prepared, or blinking the lights in the living room when the pizza’s ready to pull out of the oven… and then as everybody gathers at the table to dig into a perfectly cooked meal, just tell Google to shut the oven down, and that’s one less thing you’ll have to worry about!

Designers: Electrolux & Google.

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Wishlist: Assisted Cooking Concept Kitchens From Electrolux (Part 2)

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Showcasing their creative bent with amazing concepts, Electrolux is out to woo you with their innovative Assisted Cooking Concept Kitchens at the EuroCucina 2018. You can view Part 1 here. In the words of Simon Bradford, “a range of explorative kitchen concepts that demonstrate assisted cooking to help people get the most from their kitchen experience,” are being showcased.

With moving times, home appliances are being integrated with IoT and are minimal in design. There is a shift in the role of materials as well and an increase in interaction between the chef and the product. As we witness various new ways that technology has entered our kitchens – in the form of Alexa or Google Home, it’s important to see how appliance makers adapt to the innovations.

Part 2 features the remaining four of the eight inspiring kitchen concepts.

Designer: Electrolux

The Electrolux IceCaddy makes and stores 4kgs of pure transparent ice cubes. The intuitive sensor detects when you are running low on ice and automatically make some more. Designed to be perfectly crystal clear chunks, the cubes of ice add a dash of sparkle to any drink.


The Electrolux AirGarden is a stylish and innovative ceramic hood. Its designed to keep the kitchen air fresh and doubles up as a handy storage unit. It also features a handy herb garden for you to pluck from, keeping ingredients near!


The Electrolux Clean Cut Knife and Board Washer is perfect for lazy chefs. The concept provides maximum hygiene and blends effortlessly into the existing work surface. What we love is the ease of operation and that you can clean something as intense as a chopping board and knife, in a jiffy.


The Electrolux FlexiBurner gas hob lets you place any size pan anywhere on the hob surface and the burner adapts the flame accordingly. What this means, is that you can use any-size pan and have optimal heat for them. Many dishes require a certain kind of utensil to cook in, and often we get restricted because of the hob configuration. The FlexiBurner removes this problem completely.

If you are presently in Milan, then do drop by EuroCucina 2018 and see these concepts in-person!

Wishlist: Assisted Cooking Concept Kitchens From Electrolux (Part 1)

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An ardent supporter of concept design, Electrolux has charted a special course in the world of appliances and their future. The fame, creditability and glory that the Electrolux Design Lab Awards had brought into the lives of young designers, can be seen in the way the winners have charted their course, after an internship with the appliance giant. Nostalgia aside, I’m pretty excited to showcase the Assisted Cooking Concept Kitchen, which the company is showcasing at the EuroCucina 2018.

Their stellar portfolio includes ovens with responsive glass that turns transparent when someone is close by and shows milestones within the cooking process; work stations that have clever integration of chopping boards and knife cleaners; intuitive refrigerators and innovative ceramic hoods, amongst other things.

Part 1 features four of the eight inspiring kitchen concepts.

Designer: Electrolux

The Electrolux Serve and Preserve is a combination refrigerator with three-compartments and it includes a freezer, a fridge and larder. The good part of the design technology is that it continuously optimizes the temperature to keep food the freshest. It has pull-out pantry shelves for easy access, making the fridge the most efficient appliance in this form.


The Electrolux VisualGarden refrigerator gives easy viewing access to the fruits and vegetables compartment. The proximity sensors light up the tray, so that you are encouraged to cook healthy. The crisper slides out so that you can dig into the vegetables tray easily.


The Electrolux FlexiChill will make wine enthusiasts very happy! The concept allows you to enjoy a glass without having to finish the entire bottle. The preservation technology dispenses argon gas in to the bottle, removing oxygen exposure and thus maintaining the wine for longer. Moreover, the temperature of this section is optimized to keep the wine fresh for longer.


The Electrolux SmartOven includes SenseOven and SenseOven 2.0

The SenseOven – featuring two touch sensors on a handle that work the automated door, so that you can operate it with ease and focus more on your dish rather than the oven mechanism.

The SenseOven 2.0 – Featuring a responsive glass technology with sensors to intuitively know when someone is close to the oven, the glass of the oven automatically becomes transparent so that you can peek inside and keep an eye on the dish. The technology helps during the cooking process and provides temperature and time support for many dishes. The glass turns back to normal black and blends into the kitchen space when not in use.

​Part 2 of the Electrolux kitchen innovations is just round the bend; stay tuned. In case you are in Milan right now, do look them up at the EuroCucina 2018, which is a part of the Milan Design Week 2018 and say ‘Hi!’ to Tom for us!

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A ‘fresh’ look at laundry

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The Electrolux Laundry Cabinet’s take on washing clothes seems like the perfect systems design project for Superman, or Mark Zuckerberg… both notoriously known for wearing the same outfit for years. The laundry cabinet concept creates a laundry system for clothes around the time-frame of man’s personal laundry system – the daily bath, allowing your clothes to get washed and ready while you do the same!

The cabinet is designed to take care of the laundry from A to Z. Place the clothes within and they come out washed, dried, and pressed, ready for wearing again! A conveyor belt transports the cloth items between the washing/drying/ironing zones, while the cabinet at the bottom collects them once they’re ready. The process is calibrated to take the same amount of time as your bath, so just undress and place the clothes in the cabinet before you enter the shower and let the Electrolux Laundry Cabinet take care of the rest!

Designer: Chan Chi Kwan

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Electrolux’s Quirky Cooker

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Name a few wall mounted kitchen appliances. There aren’t that many! In that regard, the Electrolux Cell Cooker really revisits design standards for kitchen appliances. Not only is it wall-mounted, it has an amoebic shape and a rather unusual approach to cooking. Within the Cell Cooker, there are multiple compartments that allow you to prepare food based on days of your week. Each compartment is a miniature sous vide machine that uses boiling water to prepare food in a way that isn’t just tasty, but is incredibly healthy too! Not only is it cell-shaped, it also cooks your food in separate compartments or cells! Clever, isn’t it??

Designer: Adam Miklosi

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