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Innovation & Technology: Electrolux Design Lab Winner

Jan Ankiersztajn has been announced the winner of Electrolux Design Lab competition for 2012, for which he designed a beautiful air purifier that can clean the air surrounding it.

Presented at a live jury event at the Triennale Design Museum in Milan yesterday, Ankiersztajn’s concept is a simple ball that cleans and filters air, which when filled with tiny bubbles of helium can hover in the air, later falling to the ground when it needs to be filled up again.

The Aeroball takes inspiration from living organisms in nature. It is comprised in an outer shell that absorbs natural light throughout the day and radiates it during the night, similar to a firefly.

“Aeroball is a truly innovative concept that uses space in a unique way and delights our surroundings,” commented Thomas Johansson, Design Director at Electrolux, on Ankiersztajn’s concept.

Taking second place was New Zealand native Ben de la Roche, who designed an environmentally friendly refrigerator wall that enables users to store food and liquid containers directly on its surface. Coming in third place was Christopher Holm-Hansen, who designed the Tastee – a spoon that can detect missing ingredients from a dish.

As part of the prestigious prize, Ankiersztajn has been awarded with a six-month paid internship at an Electrolux global design center. You can watch the entrants and their product presentations via the Electrolux Design Lab website. – Samantha Fox

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