2.en.07 The Homes of the Future

What do you think the homes of the future will be like?

Click on the image below and find out what the people in the BBC would like to teach us:

A taste of the future BBC

Electrolux is a well known Swedish brand of household appliances. Several years ago Electrolux launched a competition to encourage young designers  to contribute with their vision of innovative products for the home of the future. Initially it was called Electrolux Design Lab.

Last year the competition changed its name to Electrolux Ideas Lab. Let’s look at the winner and finalists of the first edition of this new competition and some of the winners and finalists of past editions of the Design Lab. Each year the competition revolves around a different concept or theme.

Electrolux Design Lab
















Electrolux Ideas Lab




Activity 1

If you could choose a winner among the last three years winners and finalists which would that be? Why?

Write down the following information about the device:

Name &  Description of what it is , what it looks like and how you use it

Author & Nationality

Activity 2

Now, visit the competition website and try to answer the following questions:

Was there any Spanish design among the finalists in the last five years?

What were the concepts the competition revolved around in the last five years?

Activity 3

What are  the requirements to enter the competition this year?

Visit the competition web page and answer the following questions.

  • What are the brand values?
  • What are the areas your project can focus on?
  • How are the projects going to be evaluated?
  • What is the deadline for submitting your project?
  • What do the award consist on?
  • Who is the jury?
  • How can the public participate to choose the best ideas?  

Group work

Imagine your group would like to take part in the competition. Discuss and agree on a gadget you would like to see in the household of the future:

How does the gadget help you?

What does it look like?

How does it work?

How do you call it?

Remember your gadget must reflect the brand values.

Be ready to present your project to the class.

Click on the images below to get to the Competition Website:


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