Every NYC apartment I lived in had a stove, but none had range hoods. Industrial designer Maxime Augay found the same conditions in Europe. So Augay, while pursuing his Masters in Product Design at Switzerland's ECAL, designed this Portable Kitchen Hood for his graduation project:
"This small extractor catches the cooking smokes and vapors right above the pan, before it rises. It purifies it through two different filters : the oil filter at the front gets rid of the fats, and the activated charcoal filter at the back recycles the air before it is sent back in the room. The handle makes it easy to move around and to hook to save some space when it is not operating."
It's a great concept. And Augay, some five years after gaining his degree, still thinks so too: He's partnered with Smart Product Concepts, a Chinese development company, to launch it on Kickstarter:
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At press time the Airhood, as it's now called, had landed $165,210 on a $20,000 goal, with 31 days left to pledge.
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I would like to see it used with something other than a tiny hot-plate placed on a large table. This would not fit on my gas stove.
James Dyson would like to have a word with you.