BeoLite Kitchen Appliances.
This was a project completed as part of my Product Design Degree at Sheffield Hallam University.
As a team of three, it felt fitting for each individual to develop one product in the range. This occurred after we had established a base design, the types of appliances and the material scheme.
The toaster is one of the most house hold items so this was a given that it had to be part of the range.
I was in charge of working out how the toaster would work, how it would be used and ultimately how it would look.
This side on view shows the angle which the toaster opens to. Rather than the conventional filament toasters, this B&O toaster uses two hot plates to toast the bread. Testing was carried out using a conventional plug in grill, and bread can be toaster by this method.
This was a short project conducted in small groups of three, to develop a concept for a known company. Our chosen brand was Bang & Olufsen.
Following research into the company, the concept of producing a set of kitchen appliances for B&O was implemented.
The three products are designed to be wall mounted pieces, reducing the amount of items on the kitchen work top. Just like many of B&O's products, the visual qualities are important for this concept. The brushed aluminium ring which is coherent throughout the range, is a striking statement which suits the brand perfectly.
The toaster has controls across the top of the appliance allowing the user to control how toasted their bread gets. The larger control on the right hand side is a defrost mode, which allows the user to toast bread straight from frozen.
These controls are all touch sensitive giving the product a elegant aesthetic by limiting buttons and controls.
To open the toaster, the user pushes the main panel inwards to release the clasp. The can be done at any point, meaning the user can stop the toaster from toasting at any point.
The lower panel acts in the same manner, as a draw which he crumbs are caught in, this makes cleaning the product as easy as possible.
This was not a Live project with B&O, merely a project inspired by the company.