An Ni Le

September 16, 2013

The Pedal Powered Cassava Peeling Machine is my Master Thesis at Lund University and for which I was nominated to the Young Swedish Design Award in 2012. The Cassava Peeler has been designed to meet the needs of people in the rural of Amazon region near Manaus, Brazil where I have spent 1 month for the field trip, in order to access closely to the daily life of local people. My goal in this project was to design and develop a solution for how a low cost product could satisfy the identified needs, thinking about the importance of rural development and poverty alleviation and how small scale productions can contribute to households and livelihood security. The result is a cassava peeling machine that improves working conditions, increases the productivity, reduces product losses, reduces time consumption and physical labour. Due to the limit of electricity and high cost of gas, a pedal-powered concept was chosen. The rotating drum efficiently maintains the purpose of rubbing the cassava skin off, using high-tech abrasive rollers with wire brushes. The machine has been sucessfully duplicated broadly in South America, Africa and some countries in Asian.

About me, I am currently working in Saigon as an Interior and Product designer, I am also an Industrial Design Lecturer at an International Art and Design Center. Industrial Design is relatively young in Vietnam, and for comming back to my home country, I wish I could make a significant contribution to the developments of Industrial Design of Vietnam.

For me, it is really important that I find my work both fascinating and socially significant. I love to focus me on how to indentify, understand and apply knowledge about people, their needs and wishes, the social and cultural contexts in which they live, etc.

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Edition 16
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Public opening times
19th to 22nd September

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