This fabric pen can magically mend torn clothing

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Fabric Pen

The average American throws out around 70 pounds of clothing and other textiles like shoes and sheets every year. The problem is that clothes are so cheap that it’s easier to replace something than repair it if a piece happens to tear. Many of us no longer even know how to sew. One survey in the U.K. found that 7 in 10 young adults couldn’t even sew on a button, let alone make a more complicated repair.



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Luna Wash cleans dirty clothes right in the hamper


Luna Wash

It doesn’t matter if you live in a sprawling mansion or a tiny apartment, one thing is for sure, you know laundry day will be a long and laborious task.  But a new concept washing machine, developed for this year’s Electrolux Design Challenge, aims to change that. This is the Luna Wash, the in-hamper washing machine.



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Top 25 Finalists in the 2010 Electrolux Design Lab Competition


Refrigerator of the future.

It’s not always easy to predict the future, but if we are asked to design for a particular scenario, then the job gets easy. For its 2010 competition, Electrolux Design Lab went with the theme: The 2nd Space Age; this essentially translating to designing a home environment for the year 2050, when 74% of the global population are predicted to live in urban areas. Student designers had to predict how people will prepare and store food, wash clothes, and do dishes. Quite a task but plenty of surprises from across the globe! Here are the Finalist 25, the countdown has begun! (Pics)

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Revolutionary Kitchen of the Future Does Away with Pots and Pans


‘Heart of the Home’

A cooker that doesn’t use pots and pans could one day be taking center stage in your kitchen.  Fancy a bite to eat? Tea for the kids? All you need do is press your hand down on the softened surface to create a hole and in go the ingredients. (Pics)

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Electrolux Silence Amplified iPod Vacuum


 Electrolux Silence Amplified iPod Vacuum

Just when you think that the industry has done with vacuum cleaners everything it could, Electrolux shocks you again, launching vacuum cleaner + iPod device. The cleaner, based on UltraSilencer which is the most silent vacuum cleaner ever made, will, according to laboratory tests, improve the cleaning performance, reduce the stress levels and give a general feeling of well-being while vacuuming.


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Innovative Inventions at the Electrolux Design Competiton


The Cocoon, which would ‘grow’ its own meals, won the Electrolux competition

A controversial cooker that ‘grows’ meat and fish by heating animal cells in your kitchen claimed first prize in the Electrolux design competition.The invention, called Cocoon, could develop food with the make-up and nutrients of real meat. (Pics and video)


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Electrolux Design Labs 2008 Competition


Famed vacuum-cleaner maker Electrolux shows it doesn’t suck as much as you think by putting on a design competition every year. This year’s nine Design Lab ’08 finalists have outdone those from the past, with students inventing and designing a variety of ambitious devices that might make your quality of life better – if they’re ever actually manufactured. See an overview of the amazing gadgets in the video above.

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Kitchen On Wheels

Kitchen On Wheels 

Computer freaks and couch-potatoes belong to that bunch of folks who have their eyes glued to the screens and nothing in this world can budge them. Not to mention workaholics, who use their desks as dining tables. Nojoe Park probably addressed this niche and didn’t want these guys to die hungry. He unveiled his design of the Kitchen Drawer at the Electrolux Design Contest. The concept appliance packs the 4 essentials of a kitchen like a stainless plate to take care of preparing and warming of your meals, an electric stove, a dish drawer and a mini-fridge. The design banks on the concept of saving energy and has different heating levels that can be adjusted to cater your pot size.

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Electrolux Flatshare Fridge Designed to be Cool Modular

Electrolux Flatshare Fridge Designed to be Cool Modular

Color-coded compartments for specific food groups

The annual Electrolux Design Lab never fails to amaze us with either staggeringly useful or very silly concepts for the home. This modular fridge, designed to keep each student’s baked beans completely separate falls into the former category.

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