This humidifier concept will make you feel like you are using a pressure cooker.

This humidifier concept will make you feel like you are using a pressure cooker.

Temperature is not the only factor that affects the comfort of a room. Often moisture or the lack of it can alleviate or aggravate certain conditions, especially for those with respiratory or skin problems. Dry air in a room or home, for example, can cause dry skin, nose or throat and can even cause symptoms that lead to colds and flu. Humidifiers have become more common in recent years due to increased awareness of these environmental factors for our health, but their designs have mostly stayed the same. Common humidifier designs are utilitarian and uninspiring, easily sticking out like a sore thumb. This design concept, on the other hand, tries to offer not only a familiar face but also a familiar mode of operation that is as simple as cooking rice.

Designer: Gahyun Kim

The typical humidor often comes in the form of a large can that sits on top of a table, although some recent designs have gotten a bit more creative by adopting spherical or teardrop shapes. They don’t really make any effort to blend in with the rest of their surroundings, although that has the advantage of making their purpose clear. More importantly though, all of these are designed to spray humidified air in only one direction, which is usually upwards. This design simply relies on natural air to distribute moisture throughout the room, which doesn’t always work as intended.

SOT is a humidifier that implements a directional spray in a rather curious and almost whimsical way. Simply put, it still sprays moisture straight up, but you can twist and turn the nozzle in a certain direction so that it blows out the vapor at a certain angle. It doesn’t rotate automatically, leaving the owner free to direct the outlet where they want.

However, what makes SOT truly special is its design and the source of inspiration for that design: a pressure cooker. Both devices use water and emit steam, although for different purposes. However, more than the similarity in process, SOT brings a sense of familiarity and comfort in seeing a product that they already know how to operate. It’s no coincidence that you use this humidifier exactly as you would a rice or pressure cooker.

To get started, simply lift the lid off the pot, then pour in your desired amount of water. Instead of just putting the lid back down, you give it a slight twist to turn it on. It really doesn’t get any simpler than that, and it’s a series of steps that many people, especially in Asia, would be familiar with.

SOT’s exterior also provides that feeling of familiarity and trust by mimicking the look and texture of popular household objects. Its matte surface feels warm to the touch, while the shiny edges give it the appearance of a ceramic vessel. Rather than having a flashy but incongruous object in view, this humidifier design concept brings a comforting, familiar face to your living space while giving you more freedom in the direction you want your humidifier mists to spray.

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