Dehumidifier for Asian Market

DEHUMIDIFIER | 2011 | Photo by IDEA LABEL

 

The climate change brought many changes in Korea. As one of an example, dehumidifier’s usage was quite limited as the climate is not that humid except the areas near the coast or basement. With the climate in Korea is getting humid and hotter in Summer, the demand of dehumidifier has increased and the market has enlarged.

Our experience of air control products and researches on Japanese dehumidifiers made the perfect condition for many dehumidifier makers in Korea. The dehumidifier makers in Korea who did not have any resources on design part, as the dehumidifiers were mostly made for OEM, with their compressor technology. Before long, we had another dehumidifier design project for a Japanese company,
so we could try from different perspectives.

We worked with many multinational young designers for dehumidifier project to give instant reaction and correspond the technical constraints of clients.
The following products are relatively produced as initial design, even some of the details had to be changed due to certain circumstances.

 


Hanil Dehumidifier SANDWICH

2014 | by Roger Kellenberger x BDCI

Client – Hanil Electric
Project Management – BDCI
Product Design – Roger Kellenberger

DEHUMIDIFIER | 2014

 

Slim

The client’s expectation was to use the large dehumidifiers in offices or households, as the compressor itself was quite big.
As always, the most wanted design is to look slim in these large appliances.

DEHUMIDIFIER | 2014

 

Solution

The symmetric panels of front and back are covering the body from the side like a sandwich. The general form is soft and yet volume. The most important thing to express in design is to show some character continues from the side curvy and slim line. Compressor type dehumidifiers are very heavy, so the portability is the issue when designing the product. The handle was designed to almost the same width of the product’s body, so it’s easy to move around. Control panels are placed in the fro of the body, so users don’t need to experience the unpleasant hot wind from the machine when it’s working.

We still think it could’ve been much better if the fine metallic CMF and control panel from the initial design is maintained even after manufacturing process,
instead of the monotonous colors as in white and black, which is common colors used in the market.

DEHUMIDIFIER | 2014

 


Sharp Dehumidifier

2012 | by Chiaki Murata x BDCI

Client – Sharp
Project Management – BDCI
Product Design – Chiaki Murata

DEHUMIDIFIER CV-C140 | 2014

 

Family

After the success of air purifier in the Chinese market, we had an opportunity to be involved dehumidifier project as well.
There is a lot of restrictions in terms of shape and layout of the product, so we tried to cover the disadvantages of dehumidifiers while maintaining the same formative language with the air purifier.
As dehumidifier is a multi-functional product, we refined the UI as simple as possible so the users can recognize the different functions at a glance.

 


IDEA Label Dehumidifier

2011 | by Mimi x BDCI

Client – IDEA Label
Project Management – BDCI
Product Design – Mimi

DEHUMIDIFIER | 2011 | Photo by IDEA LABEL

 

Convention

In Asia, we tend to refer a dehumidifier as in machine, (機械), instead of an appliance (器具). The emotional feeling is quite different between these Chinese words.
We wanted to get over with the design based on this old custom, even if the actual meaning will be still a machine, we wanted to design something we call appliances, to get along with our surroundings in households.

DEHUMIDIFIER | 2011 | Photo by IDEA LABEL

 

Moderation

It’s like a big white bottle made of ceramics. We tried to exclude all unnecessary decorations or functions but focus on the simple and controlled appearance.
We wanted to design a dehumidifier that can be accepted by more people and get familiar in many places without claiming the existence when it’s placed.

DEHUMIDIFIER | 2011 | Photo by IDEA LABEL

 


Samsung Dehumidifier

2011 | by Moon x BDCI

Client – Samsung Electronics
Project Management – BDCI
Product Design – Moon

DEHUMIDIFIER | 2011

 

Restrictions

The project came from a manufacturer who makes OEM products for Samsung.
As they had a lot of quality standard for their parts, we had to design a dehumidifier using existing Samsung’s parts, which led to the restrictions of design.
It was not enough to worry about the design only, because of lack of study for internal parts due to fast change of demand in the market, and the speedy schedule of the entire manufacturing plan.

DEHUMIDIFIER | 2011

 

Light and Color

It’s also a water-related product, the designer used bright fluid color to remind of a waterfall. The swing air outlet on the front is partially projected to exhaust the air effectively,
and the gap between the front panel and side panel helps to show the different colors from different perspectives.
The black line around the front panel makes the product look as smaller as possible, and tried many color variations to give more value than existing dehumidifiers.

DEHUMIDIFIER | 2011