Could sharp, pointy corners and box-like form factors join faux-wood finishes in the industrial design graveyard? Bauknecht, Whirlpool's European brand, has collaborated with German designer Arman Emami to create this stunning round washing machine that looks like it belongs front and center in your living room—not your basement.
In fact, a round washing machine makes some sense—the drum is a round, spinning cylinder. Why has it always had to conform to an oversized square box? A washing machine could naturally resemble jet engine, giving the impression that dirt is being sucked right off your clothing.
So what if you can't stack this unit, or fold towels on top of it, or stash your laundry detergent and stain remover above it? When your washing machine looks like it was borrowed from The Jetsons' apartmentIt's hard to even lament the fact that this new design is no more efficient than current models.
Now, if only Bauknecht could let us know if and when this beauty goes on sale. Because right now, it's just making us feel bad about the mundane white boxes hiding in our laundry rooms.