Jeppe Utzon comes from a family of well-known architects and designers. His great-grandfather was a boat designer, and his grandfather Jørn was the 2003 Pritzker Architecture Prize Laureate who designed The Sydney Opera House.
In 2003, Jeppe was approached by the appliance giant Electrolux to create a high-end barbecue for its Australian market. “My basic view of barbecues was that they’re really nice to cook on when you’re barbecuing but when you’re not barbecuing, they’re in your way—and mostly ugly. If you barbecue ten times a year you have 355 days where you don’t. So I was trying to tackle it as a problem—I wanted to make it useful when it’s not in use,” explains Jeppe. He designed a sleek contemporary stainless steel and Corian table with movable cover panels that slide open to reveal the grill and hot plate. These panels can be easily closed when not in use, rendering the grill a clean and beautiful patio table. For his innovative take on the barbecue—the Electrolux Jeppe Utzon BBQ—Jeppe won an Australian International Design Award in 2006 from Good Design Australia, a prize also bestowed upon products from well-known brands like Samsung and Philips.
Working with Vectorworks software and several other applications, Jeppe Utzon created the grill design in different perspectives and materials using a parallel workflow. With the Vectorworks program, he completed the elevation and plan sections. Then he created an actual handmade 3D model and even hand rendered the drawing for another look.
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