12 Incredible Home Design Concepts of the Future

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Meet George Jetson… The year is 2050. It’s estimated that 74% of the world’s population will live in an urban environment by then. What would it be like to live in a household of the future? What would people need to prepare and to store food, to do dishes and to wash their clothes?

Electrolux Design Lab 2010 competition is for industrial design students who want to create new solutions and appliances that consider shrinking spaces. Eight finalists will be chosen from the 25 innovative semi-finalists. Here are 12 of the most trippy, futuristic and otherwise awesome design concepts.


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Bio Tank, Robotic ‘FishWasher’, Akifusa Nakazawa, Japan

The Bio Tank is a dishwasher, composter and pet in one. Plates go into the ‘dish tank’ so that robotic fish can clean plates and dirty objects. The fish ‘eat’ the plate clean before turning what they eat in to bio fuel. The robotic fish also use filters to clean the water so it won’t need replaced. Do-it-all little robotic pet fish? Now that’s a pet most parents would allow their child to adopt.

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Freedge – the Inside-Out Fridge, Matthew McNaughton, Australia

The Freedge brings innovation to an appliance that has seen little modification since its first inception. This design concept maximizes the spatial capacity of a home by placing the bulky storage compartment of the fridge beyond an exterior wall, until it is actually needed. Then the drawer can be pulled open to access the fridge. This requires less energy, using the external cold during the winter to help keep the food chilled.

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