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Housekeeping in the New World: new designs for helpful household appliances

Household appliances had a boom in the past years. People are crazy for intelligent household helpers that make their busy lifes a bit easier - and are fun to use! The student concepts submitted for the HAIER DESIGN PRIZE 2019 by iF are giving innovative impulses to solve the everyday struggle in the household - be that a robot cleaner you can also use for gaming, a stream stove, designed to allow the water to wash away the dirt while cooking or a finger cut protection board: The young design talents had much to offer to compete for the spnsor's topic "Housekeeping in the New World: new designs for helpful household appliances."

And with Haier, they had real experts to sponsor this topic: Since its founding in 1984, the Haier Group has expanded its business from the manufacturing of refrigerators into such areas as household appliances, communications, IT products, home textiles, logistics, finances, real estate and organic pharmaceuticals to become one of the world’s leading “Life Solution Providers”.

Check out below all prize money winners of the first round of HAIER DESIGN PRIZE 2019 by iF.

Want to take part in the second round of the iF DESIGN TALENT AWARD 2019? Click below and sign up until 31 July!

Finger Cut | Kitchen supplies

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Finger Cut is a new type of vegetable cutting board that allows you to cut vegetables by sliding your fingers. Finger Cut uses water cutting technology. Place the fruits and vegetables that need to be cut in the panel, select the knife and vegetable categories on the panel screen and then the fingertips slide on the panel to project the fruits and vegetables...


It is a great honor to be recognized by iF. Thanks to our mentor for his guidance. This is very exciting for us and will be of great significance for our future design exploration.
Qian Wang, Zhijun Zhang, Tongtong Wang and Renci Song Students at Hubei University of Technology, Wuhan, China

PLANT | Fresh air system


As the haze problem becomes more and more serious in China, undoubtedly, PM2.5 and the haze are the most frequently mentioned words in winter. The fresh air ventilation system has gradually replaced the air purifier and is well known to consumers. PLANT is a combination of fresh air ventilation system and an electric curtain. It can purify air while inhaling into the room, so that people can breathe high quality fresh air directly. At the same time, PLANT saves a certain amount of indoor space.


It is a pleasure to win this award. We hope that we will do better in the future.
Wenju Zhou and Weiming Wu Students at Wuyi University, Xiangtan, China

Duster Hunter | New experience design for cleaning

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Nowadays, people are becoming exhausted both physically and mentally from their complex and hectic lives and they have no room for their daily housekeeping. Cleaning is hard as it takes much time and effort and can often cause conflicts between family members. In this regard “Duster Hunter” is the solution that offers a new experience, combining a Robot Cleaner, AR and Gaming....


We are extremely pleased, honored and humbled to win the iF DESIGN TALENT AWARD. We are earnestly grateful for the recognition we have received for our hard work and we promise to stay hungry and challenge our limits.
Dohyun Kim, Kyongchan Lee, Younghwan Choi and Heekwon Roh Students at SADI, Seoul, South Korea

AHE Group | Kitchen appliances

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We looked for troubles in the housework that take a lot of time and are boring and repetitive. These tasks can be done more simply and save time for the family. We normally prepare three meals a day, which makes the stove dirty and the dirt remains harder to clean up. In past time, some people have put aluminum sheets on their stove to prevent dirt but threw the sheets away afterwards. This action inspired us to create continuous use and easy washable screens.


Thank you very much. We are very proud of the fact that we were able to win the prize. We hope we will succeed in the next competitions. We love to design and solve problems.
Ali Falahati, Elham Chaichian and Hooria Sanei Students at Tehran University of Art, Tehran, Iran

ARCUA | Water tap


The concept of ARCUA is based on the idea of "Form Follows Function". The kitchen appliances are stowed away quickly and leave a tidy working area. The water tap appears by touching the trapezoid front surface. It rises in a rotating movement around the basin. The cutting and working board can be extended from the kitchen island. In the middle of the plate is a grid which is permeable to water...


I’m really glad and honored to receive this award. It is definitely a huge motivation for my design career in the future. Thanks to all who supported me!
Robin Wöhr Student at Hochschule für Gestaltung Pforzheim, Pforzheim, Germany

Angle Freely Hair Drier | Hair dryer

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Angle Freely Hair Drier is an anion hair dryer with an infrared sensor that senses the position of the user and changes the angle. When it is in use, the wind machine automatically tracks the head, cares for the hair and dries it. You can also use your hands to manage the satisfactory shape or do other things. It improves the traditional hand-held hair dryer, frees the hands and helps the users to use time more efficiently, making people’s lives a lot easier. Children can also use it safely.

We are absolutely honored to receive the award, thanks to the iF organizing committee for giving us such an opportunity and sincerely thanks to our guide teachers. This experience will be a wonderful part of our college career and we will continue to explore it in order to design better products.
Si Liu, Jiayuan Zhao, Peng Bai and Xiaowei Geng Students at Dalian Minzu University, Dalian, China

Stream Stove | Stove design

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The stream stove is designed to allow the water to wash away the dirt generated during the cooking by allowing the water to fill the surface of the stove to achieve automatic maintenance and cleaning. It also makes the stove a fountain decoration in the kitchen.


I became a design student after 30 years old, and I am extremely happy being one of the IF award winners, I will keep working hard on the path of design.
Shih-Hsuan Huang Student at Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester, United States

Infocuum | Vacuum cleaner


When cleaning gaps, such as under or behind furniture or appliances, user cannot clearly see the area, making it difficult to clean. Infocuum is a wireless vacuum cleaner that helps the user effectively identify where they want to clean by capturing the floor through a wide-angle video camera attached to the head and transmitting it to the display located on the handle in real time. It also detects the angle of the vacuum rod and moves the interface so that the user can easily see the display.


It is an honor to win the award at HAIER DESIGN PRIZE 2019 by iF. We will learn and try hard to become designers who can inspire others and contribute to people's convenient lives.
Subin Song, Donghwan Song, Hyunji Kang and Yoongyeong Ha Students at Hongik University, Sejong-si, South Korea

Duo Seat | Showering-dressing seat

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Due to the gait and balance problems, many Thai elders injured from slipping accidents, especially in the bathroom. Most of Thai houses, there is only a small bathroom on the 1st floor which has no separated area between wet and dry zone. DUO SEAT is a showering-dressing seat for elders. It has two seats...


We are very grateful to be chosen as one of the winners of iF DESIGN TALENT AWARD. This award will motivate us to design better works in the future.
Artipon Deewongkij and Wareesa Lakanathampichit Students at Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok, Thailand
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