Clean cooking is at the heart of AirHood's vision of making it accessible to everyone, everywhere, and at any time. AirHood makes it possible for all kitchen spaces whether big or small, in need of ventilation to enjoy a fresh cooking experience without installation.
Here at the AirHood, we enjoy challenging the status quo with innovative ideas to redefine 'clean cooking’ by researching and developing products that help people live in a cleaner and healthier environment
AirHood® was designed by the French designer Maxime Augay when he was in college. Like many great innovations, this came from a personal need because Maxime found his own extractor hood at home difficult to clean – and frankly, not up to his own aesthetic tastes. After having won the imm Cologne 2019’s “Pure Talent Contest – Living Kitchen Selection” with his design concept, he decided to bring the AirHood to reality. He has partnered up with Smart Product Concepts (SPC), a veteran with over 20 years of experience in kitchen appliances manufacturing, to ensure the concept is brought to life successfully. So why did we launch this product on Kickstarter then?
The AirHood has a unique value proposition that makes it a perfect match for individuals all over the world. Its development and design history differ significantly from typical processes within Smart Product Concepts (SPC), which is primarily a company focused on manufacturing within the B2B space. As such, Maxime and SPC decided to launch the AirHood through crowdfunding on Kickstarter, so that we can rely on the foodies as well as tech- and design-lovers of the world to bring AirHood to life.
Born and raised in Germany, Markus comes from a beverage retail family that has been in business since 1964. Inspired by his family background and personal interests, he pursued and completed his education in corporate restructuring and family entrepreneurship. Joined in 2018 as a key executive at Smart Product Concepts (SPC), a company with over 20 years of experience in developing, designing and manufacturing household electronics, especially kitchen appliances. Markus resides in Hong Kong, where the company is headquartered with its international team and a strong supply chain in Asia.Markus and his team at SPC set out to create products that revolutionize the cooking experience for people around the world, while engaging and inspiring a growing community of home cooks. They have a keen eye for identifying the gaps that exist in the kitchen appliance market and understand the frustrations and limitations that customers face when it comes to finding the perfect solutions for their kitchen needs. Leveraging their extensive expertise, they bridge these gaps with innovative ideas that cater to every customer'’s unique requirement. Markus and his team strive to enhance the cooking experience for everyone, regardless of their kitchen situation, and are committed to providing unparalleled customer satisfaction.
As a result of the company’s work, it has received numerous awards and accolades. Among them are the CES Best of Innovation Awards, the iF Design Awards, German Design Award, and the Global Innovation Awards. As well as media features in leading international publications.
In 2019, Markus discovered the idea of a portable range hood from the French inventor and designer Maxime Augay, after the concept was featured in a German newspaper winning an Award and decided to collaborate to bring the world’s first portable kitchen air cleaner to life.
This collaboration led to the birth of the AirHood brand in 2022 and the launch of a successful crowdfunding campaign.
Clean cooking is at the heart of Airhood's vision of making it accessible to everyone, everywhere, and at any time. AirHood solves the problems of overhead range hoods and kitchen stove vents and provides ventilation for homes (even for RVs) without the option to install one. AirHood's proximity to the source makes it more energy efficient and effective than its traditional counterparts, contributing to its sustainability. Furthermore, it is an affordable and convenient solution for anyone without or with a vented hood since it does not require installation. Indoor air quality has become a growing concern, The release of harmful VOCs during cooking significantly adds to indoor air pollution. By promoting the concept of "clean cooking” and raising awareness on this subject, which encompasses not only the healthiness of the food we eat but also the healthiness of the cooking process, AirHood ultimately improves people's quality of life.