• Blueair USA
Traditionally, air purifiers have been characterized by designs abiding by a strict sense of "form follows function"...a home health appliance one learns to live with, but usually an eyesore. The Blueair Sense was noticeably different in this aesthetic regard, my first glimpse at Dwell On Design, an electrostatic filtration system handsomely disguised in minimalist guise...
Designed to circulate and filter air 5 times per hour using a combination of mechanical and electrostatic particle-removing features to remove 99.97% of airborne particles, the Blueair Sense separates itself from the crowd of functionally capable, yet unattractive air purification units available thanks to a partnership with Swedish designer, Claesson Koivisto Rune.
About the size of a PC tower (and very similar in dimensions), the front intake grill reminds of a Palm Springs midcentury partition, while the LED illuminated indicator lights and controls hint of a Star Trek: Next Generation derived interface ("make it so!"). The Sense's name derives from the unit's hands off controls: swipe above and across the unit, and the filtration speed increases or decreases using built-in motion sensors. It's a futuristic feature appropriate for an allergen-reducing device (eliminating the need to touch the system, keeping it this side of being a gimmick).
Now for the more nuts and bolts details for allergy sufferers: the Sense is designed for the confines of a smaller room/home office (rated for a 150 sq. ft. room), the Blueair Sense pushes air through a three-stage progressive filter with three speed settings, an air ionization feature, and a filter change indicator system (filter replacements will set owners back about $80). The fan is quiet at the first two speed settings, and still not terribly loud at its fastest operational speed (it produces a "white noise" whirr), making it usable in bedrooms, but perhaps best next to a desk where filtered air could benefit both occupants and their dust-sensitive computer gear.
Now just make it an app controlled, smart home, wi-fi network compatible device, and now we're really talking about the future of air purification.