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Braun Vacuum Concept

Hand-held vacuum inspired by Braun designs of the 1960s and '70s

This project was a redesign of an existing product, a Shark Pet Perfect® 15.6v hand held vacuum cleaner. During the process, I examined the internal components of the existing vacuum, taking into account all necessary components such as intake vents, exhaust vents, filters, batteries, nozzles, buttons, and the dust cap and motor. With these design constraints in mind, I sought to redesign the visual form of the vacuum, making it an object that the user would want to leave out in the open, rather than stow away in a closet whenever it isn't in use. My design was inspired by Braun's products of the '60s and '70s, and in particular the work of Dieter Rams.