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Dr Miele, the family man

Dr Miele, the family man


In the realm of home appliances, Miele has long been synonymous with quality, durability and innovation. At the helm of the company’s commitment to sustainability and cutting-edge design is Dr Markus Miele, a visionary leader whose influence is helping to shape the future of Miele.

On Tuesday 21 November the Chatswood Miele Experience Centre had a grand opening, inviting key customers from the building, architecture, and interior design industries. Dr Miele was on hand to officially open the Centre and very kindly set aside some time to speak with Australian Design Review‘s publisher, Paul Lidgerwood.

Globally, 2023 has been a challenging year for many businesses, but Asia – and in particular Australia – have performed well from a Miele perspective. On a further positive note, Dr Miele talked about a new category offering to the market.

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Left to right: Dr Markus Miele and Paul Lidgerwood

Early in September in Berlin at IFA, the world’s largest consumer electronics and home appliances trade show, Miele premiered the Miele Aerium, a laundry cabinet that uses steam to smooth and refresh laundry.

Sustainable Excellence

Dr Miele has a clear vision – to integrate sustainable practices and reuse principles into the very fabric of Miele’s product development. Miele has been carbon neutral (Scope 1 and 2 – direct emissions from the company’s operations and indirect energy emissions) since 2021.

But Dr Miele also wants the users of Miele products to understand their energy and water usage through a consumption dashboard, which will hopefully encourage users to use the Eco mode on their appliances more often.

His commitment to environmental responsibility has not only transformed the company but has also set a new standard for the industry.

Dr Miele’s journey toward sustainability within the company began with a simple yet profound realisation – the imperative to minimise the ecological footprint of Miele’s appliances. Under his leadership, Miele appliances has embraced a holistic approach to sustainability that encompasses every stage of a product’s life cycle.

One standout example is the company’s commitment to using more sustainable materials in their appliances. Dr Miele spearheaded the shift towards incorporating recycled and responsibly sourced materials in manufacturing.

Energy efficiency has been a cornerstone of Dr Miele’s sustainability initiatives. The company’s appliances are designed with advanced technologies that minimise energy consumption without compromising on performance. Whether it’s a washing machine with intelligent load detection or an oven with precise temperature control, Miele products under Dr Miele’s guidance are a testament to the integration of sustainability into everyday life.

Chatswood Miele Experience Centre
Chatswood Miele Experience Centre
Reuse revolution

Dr Miele understands that true sustainability extends beyond creating long lasting products; it involves reimagining the life-cycle of appliances. His commitment to reuse is evident in Miele’s initiatives to facilitate the recycling and repurposing of old appliances.

The company introduced a comprehensive appliance recycling program, allowing customers to return their old Miele appliances for responsible disposal and recycling. This initiative not only prevents appliances from ending up in landfills but also promotes the reuse of valuable materials, aligning with the principles of a circular economy.

In addition to recycling programs, Miele has embraced modular design, allowing for easy disassembly and repair of products. This approach not only extends the lifespan of appliances but also reduces the environmental impact associated with manufacturing new ones.

Dr Miele’s emphasis on reuse is not just an environmental consideration but a practical and economically viable strategy for creating products that stand the test of time.

AI and design innovation

The integration of artificial intelligence (AI) into appliance design marks another frontier in Dr Miele’s vision for the future. Miele, under his guidance, has leveraged AI to enhance the functionality, efficiency and user experience of their products.

“AI is a lot of statistics and a great tool when you know what you want to do,” says Dr Miele.

“It doesn’t help you when you are in a creative process. AI gathers existing data, not new. So if you really want to venture out and create something new, you need people.”

One notable application of AI is evident in Miele’s Smart Home appliances.

Driven by machine learning algorithms, these appliances adapt to users’ preferences and usage patterns, optimising energy consumption and enhancing overall efficiency. For instance, smart refrigerators adjust cooling settings based on usage habits, contributing to energy savings without compromising freshness.

A legacy of innovation

As Dr Miele continues to lead Miele into a future defined by sustainability, his legacy as a pioneer in the industry is firmly established. His commitment to pushing the boundaries of what’s possible in appliance design, while remaining true to principles of environmental responsibility, sets a standard that other companies aspire to emulate.

In the world of home appliances, Dr Miele’s influence reaches far beyond the sleek surfaces and modern functionalities. It is a testament to the idea that innovation and sustainability can coexist harmoniously, enriching not just the lives of consumers but also contributing to a healthier planet for generations to come.

Photography supplied by Miele.

To learn more about the Miele brand, head to mieleexperience.com.au/projects.

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