ROOT is a multi-functional air purifier combining humidifier and dehumidifier. Many countries have very humid summers and dry winters. A high humidity in the summer let us sweating and feeling uncomfortable, while a low humidity in the winter let us skin too dry. ROOT automatically maintains an optimum level of humidity all year round. 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 KIM SEUNGWOO, 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 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 ideal humidity, the water tank is used several times a day. The most annoying inconvenience when using humidifier and dehumidifier is that users have to frequently fill or empty the water tank. Unlike most of existing products, its water tank can be taken out from the top conveniently, and the wide opening of the water tank allows users to fill 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 fill 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. Users can easily recognize the status.
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 humidification, dehumidification and air cleaning performance. ROOT inhales air at the bottom of the body and exhales purified air on the top.
Unique Form, Infusing a New Sensibility
Since it is used in the living room all year round including humid summers and dry winters, I 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.
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