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In these times of change, designers look particularly at the new role our homes are taking in our lives. iF awarded products represent state-of-the-art appliances and kitchenware that are both functional and stylish.
Never before have we spent so much time at home. And as people all around the world were urged to stay at home, lockdown restrictions and social distancing during the pandemic have changed the meaning of “home”. Many people renovated their rooms, introduced some calm and serenity into their spaces, and surrounded themselves with the most beautiful and best things possible. The idealized home – "home" as a place of intimacy where you can feel both free and sheltered – was expanded to mean a procedure that would further fit the feeling of distraction during isolation.
Cooking and gardening, for example, have experienced a surge in popularity, out of necessity, or freed up time to pursue these hobbies. While a sustainable lifestyle was already a trend in recent years, yet the concept of "home" has become even more important to many people. In these times of change, designers, too, are looking at the new role our homes are taking in our lives and how this role will have a lasting effect on our interior design style and product needs.
To create a future-oriented home, designers developed various ideas for items that make our everyday lives easier. State-of-the-art appliances and kitchenware that are both functional and stylish have all of this in mind when creating a space to feel good in. A glance at the iF DESIGN AWARD statistics demonstrates the extensive interest in this topic – the number of entries submitted in the category Household / Tableware has increased over the past 5 years. This year’s iF awarded products in the category Household / Tableware create a very special range of experience of “home”.
Out of the many exciting iF award-winning designs, the "Rocks" glassware series even won gold, adding a sleek and minimalist touch to any table. The "DuoCai Tea Set" features an original teacup system that automatically brews a cup of tea. Coffee lovers will enjoy the "Iberital Tandem", an all-around espresso machine comprised of folded stainless-steel and a set of simple wire baskets which make the design fun and engaging.
As the pandemic reshapes our ideas of "home" stressing the importance of health and hygiene, iF awarded home appliances succeed in meeting the demands of the consumers. The multifunctional ultraviolet disinfectant box "Artemis" shows what is possible when we urge to prevent infections with viruses. To save water while cooking, the "Cutting board sheet" is a clever invention that prevents boards from getting dirty. The "Portable Vacuum Sealing System" is an equally sustainable solution that eliminates plastic bags from the contemporary kitchen and instead uses reusable TPU material to keep food fresh for longer.
The need for a focus on hygiene and to minimize infection risks let’s us take a closer look at good ventilation within the house. As with the sculptural-looking "Oransi Mod" air purifier, the secret of contemporary household items lies in elegant design with smart functions that make everyday life all the more enjoyable. Soap dispensers are also among the necessary hygiene-related household gadgets. "UME" is an attractive design for any modern sink: This touch-free dispenser can be used for either liquid soap or hand sanitizer.