Wrapped up in Ribbon

September 12, 2011
Ribbon

An amazing portable combination heating and cooling device, designed by Monash University Industrial Design student Enzo Kocak, has claimed second place in this year’s international Electrolux Design Awards.

Ribbon, was selected as a finalist from a field of 1,300 applicants from around the world. This innovative design is an all-in-one warming and device for portable use. Its unique shape and flexibility allows for wrapping around a vessel containing food or drink, or to puzzle it together for use as a hotplate.

“I am truly shocked to have come this far, I did not expect it. All the finalists this year had amazing designs and it was a tough competition. Second place feels like first to me,” Enzo said.

Enzo’s inspiration came from observing the restless, ever-changing lives of those around him. He wanted to create something that bends and flows with the chaos both aesthetically and functionally.

“As the trend for home cooking grows, it’s often rather difficult to integrate it into our increasingly mobile, busy lifestyles. My concept tackles this challenge by providing the ability to heat and cool food with a portable device, but one that can be creatively shaped and reconfigured to adapt to any kind of vessel,” said Enzo.

’s black side provides heat, while the white side cools. The rechargeable thermo-electric battery can also convert excess back into electricity for later use. Its functionality extends to the home as well as people on the move. The flexible design allows users to find creative and emergent uses, keeping up with changing habits and conditions.

Enzo believes this award will assist him in the future by both providing him with a valuable experience and accreditation. However, he’s not ready to settle down in to one area of design just yet.

“As a student, I’m not focused on one particular field of products. I love the variety and challenges industrial design brings. I hope to build experience as a product designer, and maybe someday start my own company, striving to things that improve life in some way.”

Explore further: Undergraduates design clean, green heating machine

More information: For more information on Enzo’s design visit www.electroluxdesignlab.com

Related Stories

Undergraduates design clean, green heating machine

January 28, 2011

Calls to curb the world’s dependence on fossil fuels have grown louder in recent years, and scientists worldwide continue to push for breakthroughs in the green technology industry. Last year, five Northeastern University ...

Portable solar device creates potable water

March 22, 2011

(PhysOrg.com) -- By harnessing the power of the sun, a Monash University graduate has designed a simple, sustainable and affordable water-purification device, which has the potential to help eradicate disease and save lives.

King of the (lunar) road

March 30, 2011

The University of Alabama in Huntsville’s moon buggy may not go from 0 to 60 in five seconds, but it can handle the lunar regolith like nobody’s business. And that’s no small feat, says mechanical and aerospace ...

Riding the design wave

July 28, 2011

Chris Fox’s first-hand experience of the risks associated with water sports led him to design a self-inflating life jacket, which has just won a coveted James Dyson Award.

Recommended for you

Interactive tool lifts veil on the cost of nuclear energy

August 24, 2015

Despite the ever-changing landscape of energy economics, subject to the influence of new technologies and geopolitics, a new tool promises to root discussions about the cost of nuclear energy in hard evidence rather than ...

Smart home heating and cooling

August 28, 2015

Smart temperature-control devices—such as thermostats that learn and adjust to pre-programmed temperatures—are poised to increase comfort and save energy in homes.

2 comments

Adjust slider to filter visible comments by rank

Display comments: newest first

Au-Pu
not rated yet Sep 12, 2011
Congratulations to Enzo and Electrolux.
Anything that encourages and rewards new inventors is good.

Perhaps more companies in more countries could follow the example of Electrolux.
NotAsleep
not rated yet Sep 12, 2011
I'm struggling with the internet to get more information on this but:

"The rechargeable thermo-electric battery can also convert excess heat back into electricity for later use."

Excites me even more than the fact that it can heat/cool

Please sign in to add a comment. Registration is free, and takes less than a minute. Read more

Click here to reset your password.
Sign in to get notified via email when new comments are made.