Good Design Award finalists announced

By / 24th of April, 2015

A CARDBOARD box used for Qantas inflight meals, pictogram push-button light switches and Port Adelaide’s urban space renewal are among South Australian leaders in the Good Design Awards 2015.

The selections, announced this week, feature a host of designs produced in or by South Australians. The final 210 designs across multiple categories were selected from more than 370 entries.

Prodigious Adelaide designer Max Hughes, who was last year named Hills Young Designer in the same awards, has again been shortlisted this time for meal box packaging used by Qantas. The “ovenable board carton” has revolutionised meal service for Qantas by reducing packaging, enhancing portion size and allowing meals to be freshly baked and not simply re-heated in-flight.

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The Qantas 'ovenable board carton' designed by Max Hughes.

Hughes, with co-designer Andrew Good, created the product for Detmold Packaging.

“This design has enabled Qantas to offer up to 50 per cent larger meal portions in domestic economy and of a better standard due to better heat retention and more hygienic due to less handling,” the entry states.

“The Qantas Dinner Box is the only ovenable board application in Australia and has re-invented the meal service model for Qantas.”

Lonsdale electronics research and manufacturing company REDARC have been recognised for their Tow-Pro; an electronic trailer brake controller used by transport and freight companies towing trailers between 750kg and 4.5t.

The controller maximises safety for driver/operator use through its seamless dash mounting and by way of dual braking actions, automatic and user-controlled.

Other South Australian Good Design Award selections include:

  • Clipsal’s Saturn Zen switches that feature pictogram LED push-buttons and a USB charging Smart Shelf.
  • Two Electrolux Infinite Pro Induction cooking appliances – the IOI Pyro Duo oven and the Freestanding Induction Cooker.
  • ecmodular Wilderness carpet tiles made from 100 per cent recycled and recyclable materials.
  • Port Adelaide’s urban renewal program for Hart’s Mill surrounds and;
  • Peter Coombs’ 4 O’Clock Eyewear Collection featuring five designs and colour combinations made from titanium and Sterling silver.
  • The Manager30, a complete battery management system for charging auxiliary batteries used in automotive applications designed by REDARC.
  • Pride on the Line – Recovery Bath Compact, designed by Danielle and Nik Kuzman for athletes and teams seeking the benefits of cold water therapy post physical exercise
  • Push Controls, a home automation system developed by a startup that is now a brand of Schneider Electric

The renewal of the public space around Hart’s Mill was commissioned by Renewal SA, designed by Adelaide’s Aspect and Mulloway studios, and incorporates a large play space and a renovated flour shed adapted for events and markets. The redesign has been successful in increasing visitation to the city’s industrial port while providing greater access and purpose to the waterfront. It also connects a new hike and bike loop around the former harbour and Port River while maintaining a flexible and temporary form to allow for future growth.

“The design was developed to reveal the cultural significance of the Mill and its surroundings as a key piece of industrial heritage,” the entry states.

“The activation of this site will be beneficial to increasing commercial activity in the nearby Port centre district.”

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The Harts Mill urban renewal program in Port Adelaide.

Peter Coombs’ 4 O’Clock Eyewear Collection was recognised in the housewares and fashion design category for addressing several common design issues such as simple lens fitting and adjustable frames but retaining cutting-edge style.

Adelaide’s newest train, the Bombardier A-city 25kV EMU, was also acknowledged. It was designed by Brisbane firm Bombardier Industrial Design and is predominantly made from 100 per cent recyclable stainless steel and aluminium.

The Good Design Awards promote innovation, creativity and excellence in design across the automotive, homewares, hardwares, digital, service, architecture and communication industries. They will be presented on May 29 at The Pavilion, Darling Harbour in Sydney.

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  • Good Design Awards
  • Redarc's Tow-Pro
  • Electrolux's IOI Pyro Duo
  • Electrolux's Freestanding Induction Cooker.
  • Clipsal's Saturn Zen switches with USB charging smart shelf.
  • ecmodular Wilderness Carpet