'swirl' by designaffairs studio
feb 04, 2010
'swirl' by designaffairs studio


‘swirl’ being used as a ball, while washing clothes through its rotations

in developing countries, the simple act of doing laundry requires a lot of effort.
major problems are distant water supply areas and bad ergonomics for washing
and the burden of transporting heavy loads to and from the water source.

‘swirl’ designed by designaffairs studio, focuses on simplifying this task.
the overall design resembles a ball containing a swirled sphere shaped basket and lid,
connected to a steel tube handle. through a simple interface, laundry becomes easier and faster,
accomplished through the rotation of the ‘washing ball’, using the long distance travel to
and from water supplies to wash the clothes. the embossed pattern surface structure 
helps result in a more efficient and thorough cleaning of clothes achieved by rolling ‘swirl’
back and forth in slow rotations, or using its spherical shape for play.

at home, with the lid off, it acts as a clothes basket. once full, the lid should be screwed on
and the handle locked in. transportation can easily be done by pulling or pushing the handle.
once arriving at the water source, the basket should be filled with water and garments
are then ready to wash.

this product aims to enhance a social cultural relationship between women and children,
making washing a fun and easy experience. the spherical design allows it to become
a whimsical object which stimulates the user’s imagination on how to play with it,
making laundry easier and more fun with a few easy steps. when it is not being used
as a clothes washer, ‘swirl’ functions as a water barrel.


it functions as a laundry basket, clothes washer and water barrel


how it works


the various components

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