by BoardGrove Architects for MPavillion – best in class in product design, furniture and lighting. The Good Design jury praised these stools as ‘a brilliant response to Covid-related design solutions’. The seating can be positioned individually at arm’s length (1.5 metres) or interlocked to form a single bench. Stackable and versatile, the lightweight ply stools, coated for easy disinfection, stood out for their ‘playful design … a lovely notion and sweet resolution to a very current and ongoing issue’.
by Skeehan Studio for ROU House – best in class in product design, housewares and objects. This simple, handcrafted aluminium vessel can ‘reimagine the way incense behaves with the built environment’, says Good Design chief executive Dr Brandon Gien. Housing a single stick of incense, the jury described the design as ‘well considered’ and ‘uncomplicated’, noting that the homeware category is often saturated with designs that show little in the way of design evolution.
by Care Strategic and Design+Industry for Gama Healthcare – best in class in product design, medical and scientific. The jury said this pop-up isolation room has ‘the potential for enormous impact’. A single hospital worker can transform Rediroom from a mobile cart into an air-filtered, fully operational patient isolation room in less than five minutes, helping to deal with outbreaks and stop the spread of infection. The room provides a physical barrier, a host of smart design features and Hepa-filtration to remove 99.5% of infectious droplets from filtered air.
Photograph: Mark Sims
by Marcus Crook, Chloe Turner and Corin Corcoran – gold award for fashion impact. Announced Tuesday, Melbourne based streetwear social enterprise Homie won a fashion impact award for their upcycled, socially minded range that diverts unwanted garments from landfill and transforms them into one-off, locally manufactured pieces, while also supporting young people experiencing housing insecurity. The jury called it ‘an elegant andattention-grabbing approach to solving the landfill crisis’.
by Lysaght – best in class in product design, hardware and building. The jury noted that this corrugated sheeting ‘will reduce construction time, finishing and extend the life of joints and structures’. The ‘elegant’ and affordable cladding solution produces an airtight, structural connection at corners of buildings that enhances fireproofing and increases energy performance.
by Kenwood – joint best in class in product design, domestic appliances. The jury described this benchtop mixer as ‘better than a mixer-cooker combination’; and praised the touchscreen interface that turns tricky baking procedures such as chocolate melting and dough kneading into a simple, one-touch tasks.
Photograph: Good Design awards
by Outerspace Design – joint best in class in product design, domestic appliances. Like an electric pencil sharpener for hair brushes, this first-of-its-kind product improves hair salon hygiene. Gien noted ‘the transformation of brush cleaning from a frustrating inconvenience to an enjoyable activity, makes it easy for stylists to clean their brushes and sterilise frequently’. The jury said ‘this device could save time and make the hair salon a cleaner, safer place to work. There is a true need for this in salons.’
by Fliteboard – joint best in class in product design, sport and lifestyle. A likely candidate for a Bond cameo, this electric hydrofoil gives its rider the sensation of flying over the water. Gien praised the Fliteboard Ultra for being ’emission free, wake free and virtually silent, helping accelerate the shift towards a more environmentally friendly powered marine craft’. The jury noted the e-foil was an improvement on previous – also award winning – entries from Fliteboard.
by Wade Kalajzich and Adam Goodrum – joint best in class in product design, sport and lifestyle. The jury noted that most fishing rod cases currently available are not particularly user friendly, and require all rods to be packed or unpacked at once. The jury said this design ‘solves the serious shortcomings of previous products in the category’. They also noted that the Australian-made product’s lack of glue, screws and welding in the assembly process makes it ‘easy to disassemble and 100% recyclable’.
Photograph: Katarina Smelikova/Good Design awards
by Milieu, best in class in product design, consumer electronics. The Milieu stood out to the jury because ‘unlike other thermostats, it allows users to control not just room temperature but monitor air quality, humidity, pressure, sound, lighting, and motion/occupancy’. They called it ‘a highly complex piece of electronics, wrapped in beautiful “clean” design that reduces energy consumption and saves on bills’.
by Whill, best in class in product design, automotive and transport. Beating out big name cars to win the automotive best in class category, Gien praised the Whill as ‘a superb rethink and reinvention of the wheelchair’. He noted the devise is lightweight and easy to stow in cars, and that it can ‘readily navigate difficult terrain’, saying ‘it gives people with constrained mobility more independence and higher quality of life’.
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