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Interview with Electrolux Design Lab 2012 finalist Jan Ankiersztajn
On October 09, 2012

The Aeroball is a revolutionary way to improve the spaces in which we live. In tiny bubbles that float and hover, the Aeroball cleans and filters the air while hovering in place. When filtration is not enough, the Aeroball also comes in scented varieties. Designed with inspiration from nature, the glowing shell of the sphere absorbs light during the day and radiates it at night, a delicate indoor firefly always working to improve the air that we breathe. Space is such a valuable commodity these days so the Aeroball works to purify, refresh and beautify our space to make the environments we live in a little bit more precious.

What was the inspiration for your concept?
The structure and construction of living organisms, simplicity in use, and details that inspire the imagination. At night the Aeroball evokes a firefly, because just like this insect, the Aeroball lights up the night.

How does your concept fit into the brief: Design Experience?
The Aeroball improves our comprehensive perception of any environment. Its engaging surface and unconventional place in space stimulate our imagination, and yet, quite simply, it is pleasant to look at. While primarily a filter, improving the quality of the air we breathe, it likewise appeases our senses. By offering varied versions, both scented and non-, the Aeroball creates different experiences to fit varied tastes and applications. Friendly to our need for calm, the Aeroball is silent, quieter than the very firefly that inspired it. Finally, the Aeroball is soft to the touch, and its filter is a beautiful surface that changes over the course of its lifetime.

Why would a consumer want to own your concept?
The Aeroball is a tool to improve quality of life. It is practical, stimulating, beautiful, and effective. Appropriate for an extremely diverse set of applications, ranging from purely pragmatic to purely aesthetic, the Aeroball is at home where you are. Sustainably designed, the Aeroball is also ultimately convenient. The popularity of air fresheners shows consumer interest in this genre of project, and the Aeroball is a logical extension of that work. And while those products are limited in their function and application (not to mention potential locations in space,) the Aeroball provides all of their functionality with none of their restrictions.

What kind of materials would you use to build your concept?
Ultra-light and ecologically sourced materials are critical to the Aeroball concept. The 'stickiness' of the filter and its ability to retain particulate matter from the air is also central. The outer layer will also be coated with a thin fluorescent film to absorb light during the day and re-emit it in darkness. The inner structure is to be held aloft by a helium/oxygen balanced balloon.

What is inspiring you most in the culinary experience?
Smell, because when you close your eyes, the scent of rose water can transport you to Morocco in a heartbeat, and boiling miso soup to Japan just as fast.

Who is your favorite designer?
Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec

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6 Comments on this post
Powered by elf farts & magic unicorn burps. Who knew you could win awards by writing science-fiction and snorting narcotics?
Posted by Gridlock | Date October 22, 2013
I have to agree with Skaska here. I have a great idea, let's drag race on mars with flying Uboats; however making it happen is way more tricky. The person that can build me a Mars-Uboat Dragster will win my competition. Talk is cheap, unfortunately this doesn't go very far beyond talking.
Posted by Cynic | Date October 25, 2012
For your information: now at days it is really possible to make spheres float in the air. :) Really. ...just don't stress up in critizing in a bad way, that's not good for participants. Creativity is imagination and it opens new roads... That's what Electrolux is searching for. NIce greetings!
Posted by Yunuén Hdz | Date October 19, 2012
It's not about Skaska being "not good enough" to submit a project, Alexandre, it's that this product concept—a finalist in the competition, mind you—is incredibly stupid and pretty much impossible. Telling Skaska that if he can do better, he should submit a project is like telling someone who doesn't like a movie, "If you think it sucks, why don't you make your own damn movie?" That mindset is ridiculous. It is clear in the case of every single finalist in this competition that they have no idea how their products work. The designers barely have a grasp of basic concepts of physics and engineering, yet try to apply technologies they can't even comprehend (or that don't exist) into their products concepts.
Posted by | Date October 18, 2012
Mate, if you are so good, why didn't you tried to submit a project to the contest?
Posted by Alexandre de Bastiani | Date October 11, 2012
How does it "float" in the air? What´s making it tick? This makes me furious. I have never done any actual designing or anything life changing because i´ve always been told it´s too hard for me. Now some deuchebag goes to some design competition lead with "balls that fly and purify the air". It´s nice, but what are the rules again? Can i just send u guys a paper that says i have a design that´s a modular cadget that changes the shape of everything u look at and can think of (like furniture and such), it cooks your food and moves u to your work place, does your taxes AND looks nice, but i won´t tell u how it works. Not even that it´s using nanotech/robotics.
Posted by Skaska / Cheers from Finland | Date October 11, 2012
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