For my product design class, we were asked to take an every day household object, and make it more aesthetically pleasing. I thought back to my house, and could only come up with one object that struck me as ugly; our dehumidifier. Our dehumidifier was nothing but a large plastic box. Granted, it served its purpose efficiently... as anybody that was tasked to continuously empty the reserve bucket would know. But could the dehumidifier still do its job while looking more pleasing to the eye? Who said the dehumidifier had to be a box? Why not a pyramid? I also came up with the idea of attaching a water-fed planter box to the dehumidifier to aid in aesthetics and also decrease the number of times the user has to empty the water reserve bin.
Here we can see the overall shape and sharp design language of the final piece. A square-bottom gives the pyramid a strong and stable base for both the dehumidifier and plant(s) that the user decides to grow. The square base is roughly 2.5' by 2.5', and the pyramid is just over 1 foot tall. I would consider this to be a medium-sized dehumidifier, perfect for an average sized bedroom or room.
The very top cutout on the peak of the pyramid is for atmospheric air intake, the humid air is condensed and the perfectly clean water is digitally distributed to some corresponding plant in the planter, with the remaining water outflowing into the excess/reserve drawer container. The cool air then gets blown out back into the room via the horizontal slats on the pyramid body.
The knob is designed to work ergonomically, with an analog feel and progressive power control. The actual knob itself is constructed out of frosted clear thermoplastic, and when the dehumidifier is on and working, a bright green LED will illuminate the knob and matching plastic meter needle. Conversely, when the dehumidifier requires attention, like when the excess/reserve water container is full, the knob will light up bright red.
At the bottom backside of the dehumidifier we will find the bin where all the excess/reserve water will go. In the middle of the drawer is a clear plastic panel so the user can clearly see how full the bin is, and if it needs to be emptied or not. The dehumidifier will shut off when the reserve drawer is full of water, which will be capable of then slowly siphoning off its contents to the thirsty plant while the user is away or unable to empty the tray.
The handle for the drawer is hidden on the middle underside of the pan, where an ergonomic hand indentation acts as a holder to pull out the drawer and aid in its emptying.