James Dyson demonstrates the DC21 Stowaway, one of the new models just launched in Canada.



Left, the new Dyson DC21 Stowaway, which has just been launched in Canada, can be tucked away in a small space. Right, the new DC18 Dyson slim, also just launched here, is a lighter, smaller take on the firm’s existing upright models.

Dyson, makers of the high-style, high-function vacuums that have inspired passionate loyalty from design buffs and neat freaks alike, is celebrating its one-year anniverary of doing business in Canada by opening its annual design competition to Canadian students.

Eligible designs aren’t limited by a theme or product group, but they do need to reflect the Dyson philosophy of “complete design” — meaning the product looks good, solves a problem, works well and provides a real advantage over existing offerings.

Entrants must be either full-time students enrolled at a recognized college, CEGEP or university in Canada or individuals in their first year of work. The deadline for entries is Nov. 15; see www.english.dysoncanada.cafor more details.

Dyson has also just launched two new models of vacuum in the Canadian market. The DC18 Dyson slim is a lighter, more compact version of the company’s existing upright models.

And the new Dyson DC21 Stowaway is a canister vacuum that can be collapsed and stored away in a small space.