Vacuum Cleaner, Kingston Polytechnic School of Three Dimensional Design Furniture and Related Products BA Hon Mark Lewis 1980
Live client project for Hoover Ltd to redesign the “tank cleaner” which is a straight air cylinder cleaner. Hoover was looking for a step forward within the cylindrical format and whilst this company hoped for added consumer benefits from a new design, the existing motor, paper bag, and hose entry format were to be retained. The innovative features incorporated in the vacuum cleaner included:- a soft bag to carry the hose tools making them available as the cleaner travelled about for each of the specialist tasks they were supplied for; a large foot operated on/of switch and cable retrieval coil buttons; a parking well for the plug so it didn’t hang loos outside the containment of the vacuum cleaners frame when stored; a stable storage mode when vertical; an overall height when vertical offering optimum position for carrying handle for average person to easily grasp, carry or pull; double rubberised barrel wheels and central ball wheel facilitating easy travel and directional pull; a rubberised trim to accommodate impact to walls furniture and skirting; easy access lid to change paper bag; sound insulation incorporated into the moulded polymer casing made this vacuum cleaner unusually quite. The overall design for the vacuum cleaner is a slick and good looking solution bringing the product into the realms of a contemporary idiom well suited to a modern home or office interior. The vacuum cleaner does not necessarily need to be confined to a dark cupboard.