Wrapped up in Ribbon

Sep 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: Cadillac CT6 will get streaming video mirror

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

add to favorites email to friend print save as pdf

Related Stories

Riding the design wave

Jul 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.

King of the (lunar) road

Mar 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 ...

Portable solar device creates potable water

Mar 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 ...

Undergraduates design clean, green heating machine

Jan 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 ...

Recommended for you

Cadillac CT6 will get streaming video mirror

19 hours ago

Cadillac said Thursday it will add high resolution streaming video to the function of a rearview mirror, so that the driver's vision and safety can be enhanced. The technology will debut on the 2016 Cadillac ...

Poll: Americans skeptical of commercial drones (Update)

Dec 19, 2014

Americans broadly back tight regulations on commercial drone operators, according to a new Associated Press-GfK poll, as concerns about privacy and safety override the potential benefits of the heralded drone ...

Cheaper, more powerful VR system for engineers

Dec 17, 2014

It's like a scene from a gamer's wildest dreams: 12 high-definition, 55-inch 3D televisions all connected to a computer capable of supporting high-end, graphics-intensive gaming.

Nokia HERE prepares maps for autonomous cars

Dec 17, 2014

Autonomous cars will need a new kind of map, a crucial element that until now has been given a back seat to the more popularly discussed issues of sensors and legal questions. Senior Writer Greg Miller in ...

Dutch launch 'intelligent bicycle' that warns of danger

Dec 15, 2014

The Netherlands on Monday launched its first-ever "intelligent bicycle", fitted with an array of electronic devices to help bring down the high accident rate among elderly cyclists in the bicycle-mad country.

User comments : 2

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.