The ROOT is a multifunctional product of (de)humidifier and air purifier to provide an optimum level of humidity and clean air quality. Many countries have very humid summers and dry winters. It is same as many regions in the similar latitude. A high humidity in the summer leaves you sweating and feeling uncomfortable, while a low humidity in the winter leaves your skin too dry. That’s why it combined humidifier and dehumidifier into a single product. The ROOT automatically maintains an optimum level of humidity all year round. In addition, it doubles as air cleaner using HEPA filter, so that total care of the air is possible. Its practical concept will provide a new experience to the users.
Designed by Seungwoo Kim I 2012
Reinterpretation of the tradition.
The tradition is reinterpreted and applied to the modern world. The traditional Korean brazier inspired the design. Traditionally, it was used to heat and control the air of the surrounding, and created a comfortable place for people’s daily life. People had regarded the brazier as essential household goods.
Universal design for daily use.
It functions as both a humidifier and dehumidifier. It automatically recognizes the humidity in real time to dehumidify the air when the humidity is high and humidify the air when the humidity is low. To keep an optimum level of humidity, the water tank is used several times a day. The most annoying inconvenience when using (de)humidifiers is that users have to frequently replenish or empty the water tank. Unlike existing products, its water tank can be taken out from the top conveniently, and the wide opening of the water tank allows users to replenish or empty it with water very easily. Ease of use is the most important feature.
Visualization of information.
The lights coming out of fine holes on the top, which create an impression of the hot brazier, indicate the current operating status and when to replenish or empty the water tank. It adjusts brightness according to the current air quality and repeatedly flashes to indicate when to check the water tank. Therefore, users can easily recognize when to replenish or empty the water tank.
Design for better performance.
Unlike most of similar products to be placed in the corner, it was designed to be placed at the center of a living room. That is because being put it at the center of a room maximizes the (de)humidification and air cleaning performance. The ROOT inhales air at the bottom of the main body and discharges the air on the top.
Unique form infusing a new sensibility.
Since it is used in living room all year round including humid summers and dry winters, the designer wanted it to be like furniture in the living room. To give it a wood texture, the curl-fit technology has been applied and that projects a natural image different from the hard looking products made of plastics.
Three legs support the main body, and the lines form smooth curves where the three legs converge. If you look closer, you will find that it looks more like a living creature. This gives a unique impression to users.
International Design Excellence Awards BRONZE PRIZE, US