Each year, Red Dot Awards winners set a benchmark for the designers and they need to meet that and come up with unique design ideas to be there winning the award. It is worth all the efforts put in. Let me introduce you to ‘Swash’. Its a hassle-free replacement of bulky washing machines that occupy space. With the increasing population size and ironically decreasing apartment size and less availability of space; bulky home products are getting rejected.
Mr Ronald Tan, 26, a final-year product design student at Lasalle College of the Arts designed a mini clothes washer as the part of a school project last year. It was so cool and wonderfully conceptualised idea that it has become the winner in the domestic aid category.
Swash is a cute little clothes washer that appears to be the miniature of top-loading machine. It is about one-fifth the size of a normal machine and is able to wash four to five T-shirts or a pair of jeans at a time. The washer comes with two detachable components which are a washing unit with three clamps and a washing basket that can be detached for storage. Also, there are three spring-loaded clamps to secure and centralise the unit in place.
Once you place the clothes in the basket and fit the unit over it thereby mounting it (with adjustable clamps) on the basket filled with water, and then finally switching it on. While using Swash, it should be made sure that the water level is such that it can cover the clothes in the basket.
The empty pail is fitted under the basket and the dry-spin function is started with the button on the handle of the unit. The basket keeps the clothes in and filters the water out into the pail. This compact and easily portable unit makes use of the many pails or containers that most of the households have.
The interface of Swash is simple and the design is easily approachable. There are four buttons; start, stop, timer up, and timer down. Once you start washing, the basket starts moving in rotational motion and when washing completes, one needs to empty the pail to transform Swash into a dry spinner. There is an activation button located on the handle that indicates the hand position required to grab the unit in order to begin. The basket keeps the clothes in and filters the water out into the pail and with that and with this you are done with the laundry.
This indeed is a wonderful washer for single people or those who are low on maintenance and wash their clothes on day to day basis. It is a wonderful alternative to those bulky washing machines. What is your take on the product design. If it becomes the reality, I am sure you all are going to pick it up and take home. I am surely going to do that. How about you all?