By Patrick Avenell

MELBOURNE: De’Longhi, Miele, Electrolux and Sanyo are in the running for the 2009 Australian International Design Awards.  Finalists for the coveted award were announced this morning, with the winning design being announced on 29 May 2009.

These four finalists join six other nominees in the race to win one of three awards: Australian International Design of the Year, the Australian International Design Award, and the Australian International Design Mark. In total, over 100 products were assessed by a panel of local and international judges.

 “During the judging week, our panel thoroughly scrutinised 116 shortlisted products right down to test driving the cars, jumping on the springfree trampoline, and even wearing and washing the socks that claim to cool your feet,” said Australian International Design Awards program director Stephanie Watson.

“The judges not only considered each product on visual and stylistic appeal, but examined functionality, environmental impact, innovation and human factors – design aspects which are considered on a daily basis by industrial designers and manufacturers across the world.

“Products nominated as finalists in this year’s Australian International Design Awards clearly demonstrate a well executed and thought-out approach to design.”

The four products from the electrical appliance industry nominates are the De’Longhi Nespresso Latissima coffee maker, the Electrolux energy efficient refrigerator range, the Miele 90-centimetre wide pyrolytic oven, and the Sanyo waterproof digital movie camera.

Other nominees include Herman Miller, Qantas, Tag Heuer, Caroma, Cochlear and Rip Curl.

More information on the awards can be found at Australian International Design Awards website.