The Australian Good Design Awards ceremony made its return at Sydney’s International Convention Centre on Friday evening after a two-year hiatus. The black-tie event welcomed more than 1,000 guests who enjoyed a three-course dinner and entertainment with Australian TV presenter, Deborah Knight as the MC of the evening.

The Australian Good Design Awards is Australia’s oldest and most prestigious international design awards program. The Awards Ceremony brings together the Australian and international design community to celebrate the best of design and innovation over the year.

Breville receives Best in Class Award

The Good Design Award Best in Class was awarded to ‘An Aboriginal Culinary Journey’ – a collaboration between Breville Sage and Aboriginal artists who decorated appliances with stories of food, culture and community to celebrate and raise awareness of Indigenous Australian culture.

“I’m proud of our team winning an Australian Good Design Award Best in Class Accolade for ‘An Aboriginal Culinary Journey’ collection. A decade in the making, an Aboriginal Culinary Journey combines ancient stories with the best of contemporary design, with 100% of Breville’s profits going to charities supporting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people,” Breville Asia Pacific president, Mark O’Kelly told Appliance Retailer.

“As an Australian company, we are excited to share these stories belonging to the world’s oldest living culture and are grateful for the recognition of these artists and the dedication of our team bringing the collection to life.”

The Breville Barista Express Impress manual coffee machine was also awarded a Good Design accolade. As Breville’s first ‘assisted tamping’ manual espresso machine, it is an evolution of the Barista Express and introduces the company’s Impress Puck System which simplifies dosing and tamping.

“Breville 876 was successfully launched in New Zealand in April and July in Australia. The Barista Express Impress is a fantastic upgrade on our 870, the most popular manual expresso machine globally. It delivers the perfect dose with a precise tamp while reducing the grinds on the benchtop. Sales have been fantastic so far, and retailers are enjoying the opportunity to trade up their consumers,” O’Kelly said.

The Joule Oven Air Fryer Pro – yet to be launched in Australia – also received a Good Design Award. It is a precision, connected countertop appliance that combines autopilot cooking functions with an internet-enabled app to bring the advantages of remote oven control and monitoring and an expanding library of video recipes.

Samsung accepts four Gold accolades

The Samsung Australia team with four Good Design Awards.

Samsung received four Good Design Gold Awards for its Bespoke AirDresser, Bespoke Cube Air Purifier AX53, Bespoke Refrigerator and The Freestyle.

The Samsung Bespoke AirDresser harnesses the power of steam to help remove certain germs and refreshes clothes. The AirDresser is slim for easy install and doesn’t need to be plumbed, offering the ability to install it in any room that has access to power.

The Bespoke Cube Air Purifier offers a visually appealing design with a unique herringbone pattern and colour palette. The contemporary design on the front panel and the neutral champagne and white colour was chosen to effortlessly blend with any interior style. Designed to take up less space, it still offers 53m2 of coverage and a WindFree mode which helps purify with less noise and no direct draft.

The Samsung Bespoke refrigerator range offers six colours with the option to mix and match and four modular formats including French Door and Column configurations. The signature flat door design and recessed handles are designed to blend seamlessly into the kitchen.

The Samsung Freestyle is a portable projector offering big screen viewing anywhere, anytime. With the 180-degree cradle design up to 100 inches of screen can be projected onto any surface. The Freestyle can save space and provide an additional TV to a household or in room. It’s easily portable weighing only 780 grams and connects to an external battery pack with USB-C cable.

“Samsung is thrilled have to received four Gold Accolades at the 2022 Good Design Awards,” Samsung Australia vice president – consumer electronics, Jeremy Senior said.

“At Samsung, we strive to understand customers’ needs, passions and values, and translate those into products and services that deliver meaningful value. It’s an honour that our efforts have been acknowledged for the Bespoke Cube Air Purifier AX53, Bespoke Refrigerator, Bespoke AirDresser, and The Freestyle.

“People’s needs and routines have changed over the past few years with connectivity, customisation, and design more critical to Australians than ever. Consumers are expecting more than simple functionality from the products they place in their homes, and we’re committed to delivering solutions that can better intersect and evolve intelligently and flexibility in our daily lives. Our Bespoke Home and TV lifestyle ranges are centred on the concepts of flexible functionality to enable endless experiences, personalised to fit every individuals’ preferences and needs.”

ASKO’s world-first wine cabinet a Gold Award recipient

The ASKO Wine Climate Cabinet, the world’s first smart wine fridge, was a recipient of a Good Design Gold Award in the Product Design category.

Asko Australia team: Rob Butchatsky Owen Holbourn & Melissa Goedherr with the Good Design Award.

It features an inbuilt camera that scans the labels to keep track of every bottle, right down to its exact location on the shelf. With connectivity via the Connectlife Wine app, users can tap into Vivino’s extensive database and expert advice on storing and pairing wine. It holds up to 190 bottles of wine, incorporates three adjustable climate zones, humidity control, LED lighting and a slide out serving area.

“We’re so thrilled to have received another accolade for our design of the ASKO Wine Climate Cabinet,” ASKO Australia sales and marketing director, Owen Holbourn told Appliance Retailer.

“It’s another big win for this amazing appliance, having won the iF Gold Award last year. With the world’s first smart wine cabinet, we’re proud to be leading the way with innovations that not only improve the wellbeing of customers but revolutionise the way they live.” 

EHP collects five Good Design Awards

Electrolux has won a Good Design Award for its UltimateCare 900 front load range, UltimateTaste 900 French Door refrigerator, UltimateTaste 900 oven range and UltimateTaste 900 hybrid cooktop, while the Westinghouse front load range was also recognised with an Award.

With the Electrolux UltimateCare range of front load washing machines and dryers, AutoDose and SensorWash technology work together to take the guesswork out of washing. The result is cleaning and drying that keeps clothes looking better for longer.

The Electrolux UltimateTaste900 French Door refrigerator in dark stainless steel keeps foods fresher for longer with advanced, flexible solutions to fight food waste and promote sustainable eating.

The Electrolux UltimateTaste Hybrid cooktop combines the benefits of gas and induction to offer an unparalleled cooking experience for Australian cooking styles and cuisine.

Australian designed and manufactured, the Electrolux UltimateTaste 900 oven guides and inspires healthy and delicious meals. The steam function and AirfryPlus features deliver juiciness on the inside and crispiness on the outside, effortlessly air frying, grilling, baking or roasting to perfection.

The new Westinghouse laundry appliances feature PreMix+ Plus Hygiene technology and express programs to effectively clean and care for laundry in the shortest cold wash. Washing at lower temperature is better for the environment. With PreMix+ technology, it pre-mixes, dissolves and activates detergent before dispensing onto clothes enabling it to work in lower temperatures.

“We are thrilled by to be recognised in the Good Design Awards, highlighting the importance of Electrolux’s human-centric design approach,” Electrolux Australia and New Zealand managing director, Kurt Hegvold told Appliance Retailer.

“The recognition is testament to the amazing work of our local design team and their ability to gain a local insight into consumer needs. Their connection to our regional and global teams affords the opportunity for the teams to shine on the world stage.”

Bosch wins two Good Design Awards

The Bosch accent|line GlassDraft Integrated Ventilation and Bosch Integrated GlassVisor Rangehood were recipients of a Good Design Award.

Designed to be positioned directly behind the accent|line FlexInduction cooktop, the steam and odours are extracted right where they originate with the accent|line GlassDraft Integrated Ventilation. The near-invisible glass panel rises only when in use and is edged with decorative LED-illumination. A V-shaped air curtain is generated behind the glass panel, resulting in effective steam extraction. 

The seamless integration of the GlassVisor Rangehood offers a minimalist design thanks to the flush installation in an overhead cabinet without a bottom shelf, making it almost invisible. The T-shaped body of the rangehood serves as storage space and can hold up to 10kg on each side. The GlassVisor features TouchSelect controls, while the panel itself can be folded out to begin operation and turned off by folding it back under.

“We’re delighted to announce that Bosch has received Australian Good Design Award Winner Accolades for both the Bosch accent|line GlassDraft Integrated Ventilation and the Bosch Integrated GlassVisor Rangehood,” Bosch marketing manager, Jessica Deuscher told Appliance Retailer.

“Combining cutting edge design with intuitive operation, the Bosch range of home appliances is created to meet the highest performance demands while simultaneously offering a stylish accent to contemporary kitchen designs.”

De’Longhi and Kenwood take home Award wins

The new De’Longhi Eletta Explore has received a Good Design Award. The machine allows users to discover the widest variety of coffee flavours with the choice of more than 40 hot and iced coffee recipes at the touch of a button and the LatteCrema Cool technology that delivers creamy textured cold milk foam for iced coffees.

The Kenwood Chefette hand and stand mixer and Kenwood Titanium Chef Baker XL were also recipients of a Good Design Award.

The Chefette mixer has had a sleek new makeover with a lightweight design, 650-watt DC motor that is quieter than its predecessor, SureEject Tool Release to minimise accidental beater ejection, as well as variable speeds including a pulse mode.

The new Kenwood Titanium Chef Baker XL adds innovation and an improved design for a seamless baking experience. It incorporates integrated EasyWeigh scales to save time and reduce mess by enabling bakers to weigh ingredients into the bowl or directly into optional attachments like the food processor or blender. The Titanium Chef Baker XL also comes with a large 7L stainless steel mixing bowl and a second 5L stainless steel bowl.

“Innovation and design is at the core of the De’Longhi Group’s ethos. We are incredibly proud to have been recognised by the Good Design Awards for three of our outstanding new launches this year in the new Kenwood Baker Bench Mixers, Kenwood Chefette and the De’Longhi Eletta Explore Fully Automatic Coffee Machine,” De’Longhi marketing director, George O’Neil told Appliance Retailer.

ECOVACS receives first Good Design Award

The ECOVACS DEEBOT X1 OMNI was awarded a Good Design Award. It is a robotic vacuum and mopping cleaning system packed with industry-first technologies and designed in collaboration with Jacob Jensen Design. Controlled by voice command or a smartphone, it offers a premium hands-free cleaning experience that vacuums, mops, self-empties and self-cleans.

“After five years of establishing a reputation of technology excellence in Australia, it’s absolutely thrilling to now be recognised in such a prestigious community for our commitment to design across both functionality and aesthetics,” ECOVACS ROBOTICS head of Australia and New Zealand, Karen Powell told Appliance Retailer.

“It is important to us at ECOVACS that a robot vacuum should not only perform at an exceptional standard and deliver a truly hands-free cleaning experience, but also be designed with the goal of being proudly put on display in someone’s home. It’s impossible to deliver a truly hands-free clean if you feel compelled to hide it in a cupboard, so considering the balance between form and function is a big focus for us.”

Eufy accepts Good Design Award

The eufy Security Video Smart Lock has been recognised with a Good Design Award. The Video Smart Lock is a security product that integrates a video doorbell and smart lock with various unlock features including fingerprint, app, passcode, and key. It completely streamlines a front door security suite into a single device.

“Anker Innovations is pleased to have the design and innovation of the eufy Security Video Smart Lock recognised with a prestigious Australian Good Design Award in the Product Design category,” Anker Australia and New Zealand regional marketing manager, Harold Xu told Appliance Retailer.

“The award reflects the commitment of our team to consider the lifestyle and security needs of homeowners, and design a product that delivers on aesthetic, while also integrating the latest technology for best in class security performance.”

JURA collects a Good Design Award

The new JURA ENA 8 has received a Good Design Award. The coffee machine features JURA’s exclusive Professional Aroma Grinder, new interface design with a 2.8-inch touch display, hot foam milk function, and automatic milk system cleaning.

“We are thrilled to be once again recognised by Good Design Australia and the Australian Good Design Awards for our new ENA 8,” JURA Australia managing director, George Liakatos told Appliance Retailer.

“Design is a core tenet of the JURA brand and is an integral part of our product development and innovation so to be consistently recognised by internationally renowned design prizes, like the Good Design Awards, affirms the great work our global product development teams are doing.”