In place of the usual Good Design Awards Ceremony hosted each year, Good Design Australia introduced ‘2020 Good Design Week’ from 7 to 11 September with news and inspiring content to recognise, reward and celebrate the innovative award-winning projects.

The Good Design Awards is Australia’s oldest and most prestigious international Awards for design and innovation with a history dating back to 1958. The Awards celebrate the best new products and services on the Australian market, excellence in architectural design, engineering, fashion, digital and communication design, design strategy, social impact design and young designers.

More than 55 Good Design Awards Jurors evaluated each entry according to a strict set of design criteria which covers ‘good design’, ‘design innovation’ and ‘design impact’. Projects recognised with a Good Design Award must demonstrate excellence in good design and convince the Jury they are worthy of recognition.

The 2020 Good Design Awards attracted a record number of submissions with 835 design projects evaluated in this year’s international design awards.

Good Design Australia CEO, Dr. Brandon Gien said, “Receiving a Good Design Award is a significant achievement given the very high calibre and record number of entries received in 2020. It is more than a symbol of design excellence ‐ it represents the hard work and dedication towards an innovative outcome that will ultimately make our lives better. These projects showcase the sheer brilliance of design and the potential it has to improve our world.”

Samsung awarded five accolades across home appliances

Samsung Electronics Australia has been awarded five accolades at this year’s Good Design Awards including two products receiving the prestigious Good Design Award Gold Accolade.

The Samsung AirDresser, 2-door Family Hub and Wind-Free Geo Split System each received a Good Design Award, with the Samsung Jet 90 with Clean Station and Samsung Air Purifier AX9500 awarded the Good Design Awards Gold Accolade, for entries that not only meet the criteria set by Good Design Australia, but exceed them.

Commenting on the Samsung AirDresser, the Good Design Awards Jury said, “Pushing the boundaries in clothes storage, sanitisation and de-creasing through the multi-purpose application of steam. The styling is very minimalist but appropriate for its market. The jury could see it appealing to the luxury residential, hotel or business and travel markets.”

Commenting on the Samsung Family Hub, the Good Design Awards Jury said, “An attractive and well-made refrigerator, offering a clean and simple interior with a high degree of functionality. Smart fridges have come along way and this is no exception. The facade is faultless with an elegant resolution of finishes and design details. This will blend in with the most architectural of kitchens and yet is easy to use with features like phone or TV mirroring, food reminders, recipe searches or even playing music and making phone calls while spending time in the kitchen.”

Commenting on the Samsung Wind-Free Geo Split System, the Good Design Awards Jury said, “A simple design with a powerful set of features that has been executed perfectly. In a time when people are more concerned about the impacts of allergens, viruses and bacteria in our air, the Samsung Wind-Free Geo Split System is a great product.”

Commenting on the Samsung Jet90, the Good Design Awards Jury said, “A refined and stylish design with a highly usable set of features. The five-layered HEPA filtration and dust disposal unit called the Clean Station are unique to market. It also features a range of accessories to suit all areas of the home along with an ergonomically designed telescopic wand to help get into those hard-to-reach spaces. Lastly, the self-standing unit makes it easy to store away once you are done with it.”

Commenting on the Samsung Air Purifier AX9500, the Good Design Awards Jury said, “A relevant and stylish solution to a much-needed product. The visual language is reminiscent of high-end audio speakers and blend well into any modern home interior. Removing a very impressive 99.97% of fine dust and harmful gases from a room, this innovative design combines clever technology with good design to deliver a much-needed product, particularly in today’s challenging circumstances where health and hygiene are paramount. Its easy stackable design means it can grow with the space or size of family by simply adding additional units to it, without taking up too much space.”

Samsung Electronics Australia head of consumer electronics, Jeremy Senior said, “When looking for a new appliance, design elements are equally as important as the product functionality. We always strive to create products that make a meaningful difference for consumers through the functional and design benefits they deliver. We are proud to see a selection of our products, across a variety of categories including the Air Purifier and AirDresser recognised by the most prestigious design awards in Australia.”

Miele awarded four accolades for coffee machine and ovens

Miele has been awarded four accolades at this year’s Good Design Awards including two products receiving the prestigious Good Design Award Gold Accolade.

The Miele built-in coffee machine CVA 7845 and combi-steam oven DGC 7840 received a Good Design Award, with the Miele FoodView oven H 7860 BP and Dialog oven awarded the Good Design Awards Gold Accolade, for entries that not only meet the criteria set by Good Design Australia, but exceed them.

Commenting on the Miele built-in coffee machine CVA 7845, the Good Design Awards Jury said, “An elegantly detailed contemporary design. Streamlined with intuitive controls and price point lend the product to architectural commercial fit-outs. On-board supply of three beans is also really convenient.”

Commenting on the Miele combi-steam oven DGC 7840, the Good Design Awards Jury said, “An elegant and refined range of appliances, with subtle detailing. The food wastage reduction is an impressive detail as is the mobile app to pair compatible foods.”

Commenting on the Miele FoodView oven H 7860 BP, the Good Design Awards Jury said, “A perfect blend of good design and clever, user-centered technology. Appealing to the modern tech-savvy household with integrated mobile technology giving users greater control over the cooking experience and ability to slow-cook remotely, keeping an eye on things over extended periods. The Miele design team should be commended for continuing to set such a high standard for good design in this category.”

Commenting on the Miele Dialog oven, the Good Design Awards Jury said, “A beautifully designed range of products from the Miele design team. Exciting innovation in a traditional product category, coupled with flawless aesthetics and intuitive functionality that is a joy use and even better to look at. Miele sets the benchmark for good design in this category.”

Miele Australia and New Zealand marketing director, Michele Laghezza said the company is proud to see these four products recognised for their design and innovation within the Australian market.

“We are thrilled to be the recipients of four Good Design Awards, which are a testament to our brand ethos of “Immer Besser – Forever Better”, showcasing how we continue to craft appliances that are truly built to last, with impeccable design, quality and durability always guaranteed.

“Innovation is at the heart of everything we do to ensure our products not only have the practically and functionality our customers can trust, but are carefully designed to fit seamlessly within any home, helping to create beautifully crafted spaces and ensuring Miele are the appliance of choice for numerous award-winning architects.”

De’Longhi awarded four accolades across two brands

De’Longhi has been awarded four accolades at this year’s Good Design Awards for its Maestosa fully automatic coffee machine, Clessidra drip coffee machine, Tasciugo AriaDry Pure dehumidifier and air purifier, as well as the Braun MultiQuick 7 hand blender.  

De’Longhi Australia and New Zealand CEO, Paolo Albertoni said,“We are delighted to have four of our products across two brands recognised for their great design. At De’Longhi we are all very proud of our products and brands so it is an honour to be awarded by Good Design Australia who have played a pivotal role in celebrating and promoting the importance of design to business and the general public.”

The De’Longhi Maestosa fully automatic coffee machine is the culmination of De’Longhi’s passion and expertise in coffee machine development. Positioned as the De’Longhi flagship, Maestosa is a unique coffee machine setting new standards for quality and was designed for consumers to achieve barista quality coffee, with just one touch.

The De’Longhi Clessidra drip coffee machine is a new state-of-the-art coffee brewer that automatises the slow and aromatic coffee preparation, traditionally obtained with the pour-over method. The unique hourglass design that clearly recalls the ritual of slow coffee preparation and the premium finishing, define an elegant yet functional product with the unmistakable Italian flair.

The De’Longhi Tasciugo AriaDry Pure 2-in-1 dehumidifier and air purifier uses the most advanced technologies and a focus on filtration for a healthy home environment.

The new Braun MultiQuick 7 hand blender comes with enhanced and improved technology and features giving consumers more power and freedom in the kitchen. The base and blades are made of stainless steel and the design of the base prevents splashing. Operation is simple, just press the ‘Easy SmartSpeed’ button for more power and speed.

EHP wins two awards for Beefeater and Westinghouse

The Beefeater 1500 Series BBQ was a Good Design Award winner for Product Design in the Domestic Appliances category.

The Good Design Awards Jury said, “A nicely resolved design that brings high level of modernity into what is a conservative sector. This is an authentic response to a mature market. The durable timber trim, architectural lines, and cover panel to conceal controls will win the hearts of Australians. The intuitive functionality and double walled hood are also a plus.”

The Westinghouse Dark Stainless Steel Pyrolytic Oven with AirFry was also a Good Design Award winner for Product Design in the Domestic Appliances category.

The oven introduces AirFry, EasyBake +Steam and PyroClean cleaning to help consumers create simpler, healthier, and more delicious meals for the family.

The Good Design Awards Jury said: “The design is simple and easy to understand, and the product offers a very appealing set of features. The use of dark stainless steel also makes the design distinctive. There’s a striking balance between streamline and practicality. The controls appear intuitive and quick to adopt for occasional users. The Airfry feature is set to get a lot of use in households the world over.”

Electrolux general manager for Australia and head of sales for Australia and New Zealand said, “It’s great to see the benefit of local design teams working on our local product innovation and that their work is being recognised. Congratulations to the team.”

Electrolux design manager, Monica Mazioun added, “Our team continues to focus on our human centric design philosophy, Human Touch, which is behind all of our products. With these products we don’t just have great design, we’re making healthy meals accessible to everybody as well.”

Tefal recognised with premium Best in Class accolade

Tefal was the only brand to be awarded a Best in Class accolade for Product Design in the Domestic Appliances sub-category for the Tefal IXEO Power All-In-One Solution.

The Good Design Award Best in Class winners represent the pinnacle of design excellence with less than 4% of projects being recognised at this level, or 34 projects from the record 835 projects submitted.

The Good Design Awards Jury said, “The total re-imagination of the domestic steam iron market the world has been patiently waiting for. The all-in-one iron and ironing board coupled with streamlined, versatile, and lightweight design are a winning combination. This has huge market appeal in a traditionally staid category. Well played.”

The Tefal Ingenio Preference Stainless Steel 13pc Set received a prestigious Good Design Award Gold Accolade for Product Design in the Housewares and Objects category.

The Good Design Awards Jury said, “A very well resolved design that reduces cost in production and saves space for the consumer. A win-win of design that is integrated, well resolved and secure.”

Groupe SEB Australia and New Zealand managing director, Joe Tizzone said, “It is such a great honour to accept the Good Design Australia – Best in Class Award this year on behalf of Groupe SEB worldwide. We know that when a product is thoughtfully designed, it can leave lasting impacts to people’s lives. For IXEO Power to be recognised as one of best designed products by the judges, makes me very proud of my team.”

Groupe SEB Australia and New Zealand senior product manager, Noel Hsu added, “I would also like to express our sincere gratitude to our global colleagues for the amazing efforts to make this project possible. By overcoming the technical barriers and thinking outside of box, IXEO Power fulfils the vision of introducing a product that is stylish, practical, comfortable to use, and features so many benefits that truly makes the styling and sanitising jobs a breeze. It really is an innovative solution for the modern families with a busy schedule.”

Jura GIGA 6 coffee machine a winner

The Jura GIGA 6 fully automated coffee machine has been recognised with a Good Design Award for Product Design in the Domestic Appliances category.

The GIGA 6 is a top-of-the-line professional coffee machine for household use. Featuring 28 different specialties and the ability to prepare two barista quality specialty coffees simultaneously at the touch of a button.

The Good Design Awards Jury said, “A lot of design hours have gone into this machine. A really stunning product exhibiting real product quality, sound design and solid construction.”

Jura Australia managing director, George Liakatos said, “We’re thrilled to have taken out this award. The GIGA 6 which we launched earlier this year has already outperformed our projected sales volumes for 2020 and its really no surprise. The engineering that has gone into developing our most premium household machine is second to none, the Swiss really outdid themselves with this machine.”

MHIAA ceiling cassette air conditioner recognised for sleek design and energy efficiency

Mitsubishi Heavy Industries FDTC compact ceiling cassette received a Good Design Award in the Product Design Hardware and Building category.

The new Mitsubishi Heavy Industries FDTC compact ceiling cassette air conditioner combines European design and innovative Japanese engineering. Ultra-slim with a modern and minimalistic design, the FDTC offers powerful, yet energy-efficient performance.

The Good Design Awards Jury said, “Ultra slimline design retrofitting within shallow small office ceiling cavities creates wide commercial appeal among SMEs. Best feature is the automatic shut-off where no activity is detected, saving energy and minimising running costs. Great product design with a less-is more design aesthetic that looks right and is unobtrusive. All round good, solid design that deserves to be recognised in the Good Design Awards.”

Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Air-Conditioners Australia (MHIAA) managing director, Mr. Yuji Ito thanked Good Design Australia for the prestigious honour and recognition as it demonstrates the company’s commitment to delivering innovative products that are designed to improve the lives of those who use them.

“MHIAA would like to thank Good Design Australia for this important accolade. As a company our philosophy focuses on developing innovative products that are designed to improve the lives of those who use them across Australia and New Zealand and we are proud to see our new FDTC Compact Ceiling Cassette recognised in this way.”

Schweigen Paradigma rangehood receives an accolade

Schweigen’s Paradigma silent ceiling cassette rangehood was a Good Design Award winner for Product Design in the Domestic Appliances category.

The Paradigma offers silent extraction and sleek styling, combining lighting and extraction in one. Paired with the German engineered silent Isodrive motor, the rangehood system is available in flexible configurations and complements any modern kitchen design.

The Good Design Awards Jury said, “The exterior mounting of the fan and motor coupled with ceiling mounting of extraction unit enable a silent and unobstructed experience. The rangehood design sets a new standard in this category from an aesthetic design and form perspective and the silent extraction and integrated lighting make this a winning design.”

Schweigen director of sales, Anthony Fletcher said, “The integration of Schweigen’s Paradigma into any kitchen helps to keep clean design lines and transform it into a sanctuary where loved ones can come together, converse and bond over a meal without the intrusion of rangehood noise. Thanks to the German‐engineered Isodrive motor mounted outside of the home, consumers can enjoy silent powerful extraction indoors, integrated lighting and configuration flexibility with a modular designer that maintains unobstructed views and uses three times less energy than a standard rangehood.”

Omega Altise awarded for innovative pedestal fan

The Omega Altise Aura Pedestal Fan was a Good Design Award winner for Product Design in the Domestic Appliances category.

Omega Altise spent three years developing the patent pending brushless airflow technology. It is powered by a quiet, brushless DC motor delivering a targeted flow with minimal power consumption. The 150mm impeller, embedded inside the barrel, increases air pressure and airflow creating a strong targeted stream of air, while perforated acoustic liners reduce noise to 65dB and enhance performance.

The Good Design Awards Jury said, “A lot of effort and clever design thinking has gone into this product. The idiosyncratic nature of the design and the material qualities are really strong. Well done.” 

Shriro Australia general manager for seasonal, Anthony Hill and divisional manager for retail appliances, Mark Farrell said, “We would like to thank Good Design Australia, our design partners (D+I) and our product and engineering teams. Shriro is committed to delivering best of breed, design led and truly innovative products to our retail partners. Thank you for your ongoing support and we look forward to a strong 20/21 cooling season.”

Zip Water recognised for adaption of a classic

Zip Water’s Zip Microwas a Good Design Award winner for Product Design in the Domestic Appliances category.

Zip Microwas developed to fulfil a market need for compact kitchens in small workplaces of up to 10 people. The adaption of the flagship HydroTap product involved streamlining the tap’s under-bench smart command centre, that enables boiling and chilled water to be dispensed at the touch of a button, so it could fit in smaller spaces.

The Good Design Awards Jury said, “This is a clever new version of a design classic – the original Zip HydroTap. It’s a sophisticated space and energy saving design, which has helped the HydroTap enter a new market.”

Zip Water Australia and New Zealand marketing and strategy director, Mike Abbott said the award recognised the innovation that had gone into re-imagining a classic product so it could deliver its health benefits to a wider audience.

“By creating the Zip Micro, our product innovation team was able to make the under-bench smart command centre 37% narrower than the traditional HydroTap models, giving the millions of Australians who work in smaller workplaces access to the HydroTap for the first time. This was done all without losing any of the performance of the original HydroTap.

“We are proud Zip Microhas won at the Good Design Awards. We see this award win as recognition of our commitment to delivering innovative products that continue to help improve the health and wellbeing of all Australians.”