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March 9, 2021
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Failure after failure, in 1991 James Dyson started a company of thoughtfully designed household products that innovate through the use of air. Today, Dyson’s yearly revenues grew to more than 5 billion pounds.

When James Dyson and his wife moved into their new house, he found himself unsatisfied with the performance of their vacuum with the new wooden floors: Dyson began thinking to create a bagless vacuum cleaner with maximum sucking power and was already having his life-changing idea.

After five years and more than 5000 attempts, in 1983 Dyson’s G-Force cleaner was ready to conquer the market at a speed of 924 mph – a speed at which its inner-cyclone separated air from dust.

The G-Force cleaner, designed by James Dyson in 1983 after more than 5000 attempts – ©Dyson – Cover image – ©mobilinchen/Depositphotos.com 

Blown away – Dyson’s key to success is failure

Today, his eponymous company is a multi-billion dollar brand renowned for its forward-thinking design, but James Dyson’s history is an inspiring tale of failures and obstinacy. Educated at the Royal College of Arts, Dyson soon started inventing and experimenting: his first original creation, the Ballbarrow (1974), a wheelbarrow with a ball instead of a wheel, was stolen by his sales manager and sold to a plastics company. In his early thirties, James Dyson had lost everything.

The Ballbarrow a wheelbarrow with a ball instead of a wheel, was designed by Dyson and stolen by his sales manager – © Patent #4,058,344, 1975 

DC01 Vacuum Cleaner

The first vacuum to bear James Dyson’s surname, the DC01, where DC stands for Dual Cyclone, was a game-changer for the industry. Before the dual cyclone system, every vacuum on the market had bags or filters to be removed or substituted every now and then. Not having to change the bag was a major selling point, but the truth is that the Dyson DC01 simply did what every vacuum cleaner should have done – just better.

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The DC01, the first bagless vacuum – ©Dyson

Dyson Pure Cool Air Purifier

Similar to other fans that Dyson has become famous for – bladeless and minimalistic, not only the Dyson Pure Cool blows out cool air, but it can also purify it. Powerful, quiet, easy to clean, at Dyson, aesthetics matter: their fans’ design is striking and unrivaled.

The Dyson Pure Cool blows out and purifies cool air – ©ChinaImages/Depositphotos.com

Supersonic Hair Dryer

There comes a time in life when we are ready to buy a high-quality version of something we use every day. An expensive quality version. But Dyson Supersonic Hair Dryer metes out heated air that doesn’t burn your hair, minimizing damages. Alongside the sleek looks, magnetic attachments are the simplest to switch.

Supersonic Hair Dryer metes out heated air that doesn’t burn your hair, minimizing damages – ©Dyson

Dyson Airwrap

It’s weird to think that there was a time when Dyson was just an incredible vacuum cleaner. Today, the best technologies for hair care are Dyson’s: the AirWrap uses the same technology as the Dyson Supersonic Dryer, with a continuous airflow that blows the air around the barrel to form the best waves.

The AirWrap uses the same technology as the Dyson Supersonic Dryer, with a continuous airflow – ©ChinaImages/Depositphotos.com 

Dyson Lightcycle

James Dyson also extends into lighting design, with an impressive series of lights that change upon necessities and that promise to last decades: a striking minimalist frame for the Dyson Lightcycle, the remote-controlled light that reacts to human presence and to the amount of light in the room. It is Dyson, and it is expensive – but once again there’s no light for sale able to match the connectivity and advanced technology that Dyson Lightcycle offers.

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The Dyson Lightcycle, the remote-controlled light that reacts to human presence and to the amount of light in the room
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