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8/29/2011

Korean design firm Ahhaproject created the Eco Automatic Swivel-in-the-Sink dishwasher for Electrolux.
Korean design firm Ahhaproject created the Eco Automatic Swivel-in-the-Sink dishwasher for Electrolux.

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Ivan Kirkpatrick
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Convenience, Aesthetics and Reliability
Ivan Kirkpatrick   8/30/2011 9:29:33 AM
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I appreciate good design in household products quite a bit.  these appliances get used a lot and are front and center in modern homes.  Well designed products that function well, look good and are reliable adn maintainable will always have good success in the markets.  And look at teh markets opening up in asia.  korea will be in an excellent position to provide china with these kinds of products, and I am sure the Chinese manufacturers will keep the competition very stiff.

Stephen Moore
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Feedback from Korea
Stephen Moore   8/30/2011 4:12:08 AM
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Firstly, the design is a concept, but it is patented. It might take some time to get to the commercial phase, however. And regarding the sink/dishwasher combination, a sink and a dishwasher are normally installed in close proximity so Ahhaproject thought why not combine the two. After all, they both use water so the internal piping can be common and space can be saved. Id like to add as an observation or two of my own. I sometimes rinse particularly dirty plates prior to placing them in the dishwasher. Whether this step is necessary or not with the latest dishwasher technology I am not sure. But if the sink and the dishwasher were integrated it would make my life easier. Finally, if youre a one- or two-person household, a full-size dishwasher might take a while to fill up or you could run it one-quarter full and feel guilty about your environmental footprint . This sink/dishwasher combination looks like the perfect size for two though.

Charles Murray
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The value of design
Charles Murray   8/29/2011 7:19:54 PM
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It's interesting to see the value of industrial design here. Very often, engineers resist the idea of such design, believing that industrial designers make the product prettier, but not better. This is a testament to the real value of industrial design: The products are more functional, easier to use and, yes, better looking, too. Apple has done wonders with this philosophy.

sensor pro
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Re: Flexing their design muscle
sensor pro   8/29/2011 6:10:56 PM
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I agree with you. I can clearly see that Korean firms are very easy to deal with and are very receptive to US products. You can see to them even if you do not have a local rep. In japan it is a different story. If you do not have a good rep, you can not sell anything.

We see a constant rise of orders from Korea and drop from Japan.

Jack Rupert, PE
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Re: Flexing their design muscle
Jack Rupert, PE   8/29/2011 4:13:09 PM
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sensor pro - I've been seeing the same thing with a lot more innovation coming out of Korea.  It seems as if the base for that has moved from Japan to Korea.

David McCollum
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Compromises
David McCollum   8/29/2011 2:25:38 PM
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Many of the argumnents in favor of dishwashers over washing dishes manually promote lower water and energy usage. As my new dishwasher runs the heavy duty cycle on less than 5 gallons total and uses very little power, mostly because the drying cycle is not heated, I am pleased. I am even more pleased in not having to do dishes and having the extra time to accomplish things that mean more to me that washing dishes. Either way, it's a compromise, but I need the time more.

sensor pro
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Re: Flexing their design muscle
sensor pro   8/29/2011 1:12:24 PM
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To add to your comments on their interesting design I can only state that over the past few yesrs i see more and more push from Korean firms to move in a high quality and modern areas of product design and product demand.

Just look at the quality and design of the Koran car manufacturers. I would not be surprized if they overcome Honda and Toyota in  the comming years.

Also it is very easy to work with Korean firms. They actually pay on time.

Beth Stackpole
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Flexing their design muscle
Beth Stackpole   8/29/2011 12:31:50 PM
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Looks like Ahhaproject Designs has some pretty significant design talent as noted by that Electrolux sink/dishwasher design. Is that an engineered and commercially available product or is it just a concept design? And I'm intrigued by its nature--it looks like it combines a sink with a dishwasher? Any intel on why they pursued that kind of set up?

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