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  • Kálha
  • BraunPrize 2012 - Special Mention Award
  • Research
    In 2011, 270 people frozen to death in Hungary. The reason is their bad social status. In Hungary most of these death happen because people and families live in tumble-down favelas. As for me this is a serious problem which effects not only Hungary but every countries where people live under living wage and during winter or every day of the year the temperature is below 0°C.
    Based on my research, the human body does not chill if the groin is heated. I designed an object, which enables this in order to survive.
  • Concept
    The social aim is ecological if helps the striving for survival. In my opinion the sustainability equals to the striving for survival. My goal is to help those poor people who live in favelas and the frost in cold times threatens their survival.
    The Kálha is made of fireclay material. The production cost of Kálha is about a few Euro, which could be made from local raw materials in Hungary or at an international level by local potters.
  • Usage
    One Kálha per person is required, it means the same amount of Kálha as many people in the household.
    The primary function of Kálha is to help the survival by sitting on it and so keep a constant warm feeling and warm up the user’s body.
    After the user warmed up, the upper part of Kálha can be removed and used as a „hot water bottle” under the blanket, kept close to the body. In this way, it prevents the hypothermia.
    The secondary function of Kálha is that it can be used as a stove. Only waste wood is needed to light the Kálha which burns for 30 minutes and after that it still keeps the warm for additional 1-2 hours due to its
    material and design.