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Aalto University students reimagine coffee machines and household appliances

Students from the Collaborative and Industrial Design program at Helsinki's Aalto University have created five new concepts for coffee machines and other household products, aiming to "simplify and clarify" existing models (+ slideshow).

In Formal by Aalto Students
Architecture Coffee Maker by Huiyang Yu

Tasked with creating a product that can stand the test of time, the students drew inspiration from modern architecture, the built environment, new materials and food culture for their designs presented at the In Formal exhibition during Helsinki Design Week 2015.

In Formal by Aalto Students
Architecture Coffee Maker by Huiyang Yu

Lauri Käkelä designed his 8AM drip coffee maker to look like laboratory equipment, and took inspiration from successful German appliance Moccamaster.

In Formal by Aalto Students
Coffee Cooker by Aija Hannula

"The construction of 8AM is inspired by Moccamaster's understandable and replacable parts," said Käkelä. "Its design language balances between simplicity and mystified alchemy."

In Formal by Aalto Students
Coffee Cooker by Aija Hannula

Transparent components sit on top of a brightly coloured base, and allow users to see the full coffee-making process.

"The sights, sounds and smells of brewing coffee are all on stage," Käkelä said.

In Formal by Aalto Students
8AM by Lauri Käkelä

Hoping to simplify prolific hot beverage makers, Mikko Latomäki looked to modern architecture and Bauhaus products to inform his design.

In Formal by Aalto Students
8AM by Lauri Käkelä

"I began by collecting pictures related to modern architecture, old and iconic coffee machines, furniture and Bauhaus products," said Latomäki. "The product development work started by sketching and tearing down current coffee makers."

In Formal by Aalto Students
The Untitled Coffeemaker by Mikko Latomäki

Made from aluminium, acrylic, glass and Himacs – a composite material typically used for bathroom and kitchen surfaces – his The Untitled Coffee Maker features a removable water canister at the back to minimise space usage.

Aija Hannula aimed to celebrate the ritualistic elements associated with coffee making by exposing parts usually hidden by a plastic cover.

In Formal by Aalto Students
The Untitled Coffeemaker by Mikko Latomäki

"Coffee Cooker challenges our everyday household appliances by making it easy to understand how the machine actually works," said Hannula.

After the water is heated inside the glass tube, thermal expansion causes the liquid to be pushed from the container to the carafe where the coffee grounds are captured in a custom-made washable filter.

In Formal by Aalto Students
Monolith by Krzysztof Witkowski-Soroczan

Yuchao Chien's Phyto Pure air purifier is designed to be "highly modifiable", and can be installed on a wall, hung from the ceiling or simply placed on a shelf and its transparent shell helps to keep it discreet within interior spaces.

In Formal by Aalto Students
Monolith by Krzysztof Witkowski-Soroczan

Monolith is a collapsible kitchen blender that was influenced by the adaptable nature of a Swiss Army knife.

Hoping to create a device that is suitable for a Minimalist interior, Krzysztof Witkowski-Soroczan opted for a monochrome palette – using white edges to create striking lines.

In Formal by Aalto Students
Phyto Pure by Yuchao Chien

The In Formal exhibition took place at the Habitare fair in Helsinki as part of the city's design week, which took place from 3 to 13 September 2015.