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12. 26. 2006

Kone Vacuum by Karim Rashid

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Karim Rashid, the noted industrial designer, believes that design shouldn't be only about solving problems, but rather about a rigorous beautification of our built environments. In line with the spirit of this thought, he has designed the Kone hand-held vacuum for Dirt Devil. Possessing the look of a sculpture, and with a choice of 6 charming colors, this conical vacuum can easily blend with your furniture and walls. The device is cordless and can be placed in a docking station until you require it. Its unique vertical design ensures that it doesn't hog too much space.

With most designer household products, there is a tendency to compromise functionality over form. No such worries here. The more than decent 7.2V motor encased in the device will ensure an early retirement for all your normal dust busters. While it does not hold much promise of replacing your heavy duty vacuum tasks, it's powerful enough to do all those small cleaning chores around the house.

This elegant yet powerful vacuum is available for just $49.99.

Via Apartment Therapy.

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Mark:

We have one of these in white.

It looks great, functions as a cordless vacuum and nightlight.

The only problem is that the intake is really small so it takes a long time to vacuum up stuff (stray kitty litter in my case). It's much slower than the regular one we had before.

Karim is a rock star designer. Not to take anything away from him, but have you ever used this thing. I bought one and it's difficult to hold for a sustained period while vacuuming. Okay, okay, it's not life an death, but I think good design is creative solutions within well defined constraints... and holding the vacuum cleaner is a constraint... that's my 2 cents.

aboriginal:

form follows function - there is room enough for style, but this is first year level design simplicity w/o taking the needs of the function into account - both the user interface and the inner function all for an Alessi look

Amy:

I got the light pink one for Christmas. It is loud, but it works really well for the small tasks it is meant for. Definitely not a substitute for a proper vacuum cleaner.

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