Design Awards winners prove to be grinners in post-event comments

A number of leading suppliers, manufacturers and designers are today wearing smiles while nursing hangovers after achieving success last night at the 2013 Australian International Design Awards.

Sunbeam picked up a Design Award for the EM7000 manual coffee machine. Here’s Sunbeam GM of marketing John Turnbull:

Fresh from a successful weekend at the Melbourne International Coffee Expo, which saw the EM7000 go down a storm with everyone from consumers to coffee roasters, we are delighted it has been further honoured with this prestigious award. The award is evidence and recognition of Sunbeam’s commitment to developing coffee machines that deliver café quality espresso at home.

Philips had a very big night, winning Design Awards and Good Design accolades across several consumer and B2B categories. Here is chief design officer Sean Carney:

We are proud that our design-driven innovations can contribute to improving people’s lives while simultaneously receiving industry recognition. We are particularly pleased to see the design quality of the two home healthcare products being acknowledged in this way.

Our design approach is always to consider not only the user but also the context of use. Healthcare products and solutions are increasingly being used outside the hospital, and in the case of our SimplyGo  and TrueBlue products the designers have shown a sensitivity to the use of these critical medical devices in the patient’s home environment to minimize the intrusion and ensure effective usage.

In the consumer space, Philips won a Design Award for the PerfectCare Aqua steam system and a Good Design gong for the BodyGroom Plus. Here is Philips ANZ managing director Alan McCarthy:

Philips has been improving the lives of Australians through innovation since 1926, and our continued success in the Australian International Design Awards is testament to our commitment to furthering good design.

It is our company’s vision to make the world healthier and more sustainable through innovation. These products embody our design philosophy of integrating technologies and form into innovations and solutions to help people be healthy, live well and enjoy life.

Another Good Design winner was Sodastream. Australian MD Myles Anceschi was ecstatic:

We are extremely proud of this achievement and being recognised is an honour.

The SodaStream Source has been a real game changer for us and has been key to our success in revolutionising the traditional beverage industry. It combines not only world class design but also efficiency and functionality, and it undoubtedly has appeal.

We are eager to change the way Australians consume drinks for the better and are committed to offering a convenient, cheaper and healthier alternative. We look forward to seeing more Aussies onboard the bottle-free bandwagon!

Breville celebrated long and loud after collecting a Design Award for the Original ’74 jaffle maker. Director of innovation and design, Richad Hoare, praised the organisers for delivering a wonderful tribute to recently deceased Breville designer Keith Hensel.

Breville introduced Australian homes to jaffles with the first toasted snack maker to seal the edges and cut a sandwich in half. It was the biggest selling small appliance ever at the time and sold more than 400,000 units in the first year.

This year’s Australian International Design Award win was a wonderful achievement, and a very emotional one with the tribute the organisers delivered to our former colleague and principal designer Keith Hensel. The tribute was deeply touching not only for the Breville team, but equally for all at the event. Keith was highly admired and respected for his extensive contribution to the Australian design community.

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