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Maurice Eric Zacher

Februar / February - 2019

Kunsthochschule Kassel

What is ist?

Aroma Diffusor & Humidifier & Air Purifier

What is the Topic?

Design of a room climate optimizing and air purifying humidifier, which consists of concrete, borosilicate glass and brass. Next to the cleaning and humidification, ånga sets the focus to the celebration and presentation of water, steam, aroma-giving plants, oils and water-purifying substances, such as charcoal or mossballs.

Why does it look like this?

Both glass cylinders showcase the element water before and after it is atomized into steam by the ultrasonic unit within the device. Therefore the larger cylinder prominently exhibits fragrant plant parts, wood or charcoal. The brass frame keeps plants or charcoal in place, even after removing the glass cylinder. However, aromatic oils can be put into the designated container at the brass frame. The removable water tank can be filled with mossballs for biological water purification. A valve ensures that no water leaks when removing or refilling. The concrete base ensures a secure stand and support of the glass cylinders.

What is special?

ånga reinterprets the general view and production of electronic devices. In contrast to commercial humidifiers, ånga is not made of plastic, as usual water-related electronic devices. Borosilicate glass and brass can be 100% recycled. Other materials such as the used concrete, as well as the remaining components of the ultrasonic unit or the power cable, are almost 100% recyclable, but not in purity such as glass or brass. Next to the cleaning and humidification, ånga sets the focus to the celebration and presentation of water, steam, aroma-giving plants, oils and water-purifying substances, such as charcoal or mossballs.

What is new?

With concrete, borosilicate glass and brass, ånga consists of unusual materials and manufacturing techniques for its product category. It is also the first ultrasonic humidifier that focuses on showcasing water, steam and cleansing substances. This design and the quality of the materials used should set a signal against the general too rapid disposal of electronic products.