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AIDA 2012 Finalists Announced

The finalists in this year’s Australian International Design Awards have been announced. Hayley Davis gives us her top picks.

The finalists in this year’s Australian International Design Awards have been announced. Hayley Davis gives us her top picks.


June 13th, 2012

Earlier this month we saw a host of exciting new products and services announced as finalists in the 2012 Australian International Design Awards.

To qualify as Good Design, a product or service must satisfy the five criteria: Form, Function, Quality, Safety and Sustainability.

Categories are as follows: Consumer, Business and Technology, Medical and Scientific, Automotive and Transport, Sport and Leisure, Housing and Building, Heavy Machinery, Architectural and Interior, Non-for-profit Service and Business Service.

Worth a mention is the Bose SoundLink Wireless Mobile Speaker – compact and lightweight enough to fit in a backpack, it can also be carried in one hand.

The speaker’s flat surfaces have an integrated cover for protection while transporting, which opens up and doubles as a stand.

Soundlink is available in 2 versions: the Premium, made of leather, bright chrome and brushed metal surfaces, and the Standard, of ballistic nylon and satin metal.

Another stand out finalist in the Consumer category, Branca by Sam Hecht for Mattiazzi, was only made possible by allowing time for the idea and design to be perfected.

Branca’s lines come together, meet and branch off in one single piece of bent wood; lightweight yet strong, and crafted without a single screw.

Mattiazzi’s wood is never chemically treated and it is manufactured in a factory powered and heated entirely by solar power and waste products from the wood.

From the category of Architecture and Interior comes Interface Raw, a carpet tile by David Oakey Designs.

No 2 tiles are ever the same, and with wear, the product reveals its character, replicating old concrete and weather textures. It’s made of 100% recycled content, including old fishing nets.

See below for a full list of finalists.


ASKO Alfresco Dishwasher
BABYBJÖRN Baby Carrier Miracle
Bose SoundLink Wireless Mobile Speaker
Breville Smart Scoop 
CineMate 1 SR Soundbar Home Theater Speaker System
Dreamfarm Garject
Dyson Ball Barrel Vacuum Cleaner
Dyson DC41 Animal
Electrolux En:tice Barbecue
Electrolux Ice & Water Side by Side
Fujitsu Inverter Wall Mounted Air Conditioner Designer Range with Human Sensor 
Gaggenau CX480 Full Surface Induction Cooktop
Hills Orbit Ironing Board
Husqvarna 562XP Chainsaw with Autotune
Husqvarna Automower® 305: Evolutions Next Step to a Perfect Lawn
Kenwood CH250 Quad Blade Chopper
Kleenmaid Elevator Oven
Kärcher WV70plus Window Vacuum
Miele Levitating Recirculation Island Rangehood DA 7000 D Aura
Miele S 6730 Velvet Touch Vacuum Cleaner
Miele Supertronic Front Loader Washing Machine and Heat-Pump Dryer
Nespresso Lattissima+
Nokia Lumia 800 
Panasonic Reverse Cycle Air Conditioner
Philips QuickClean™ Juicer
Philips Sonicare DiamondClean HX9332/14
rokii by bower & beyond
Samsung NaviBot S
Samsung Series 8 LED TV UAES8000
Steelcraft AGILE Twin Travel System
Sunbeam Café Series® Planetary Mixmaster® – MX9200
Tefal Actifry
Breville YouBrew
Breville Dual Boiler
TS500i STIHL Cut Off Saw
Whirlpool Sports 10kg Front Load Washer
Wiltshire Epicurean

Business and Technology

ATEM Camera Converter
Digital SMArt Locker Platform
Motorola ET1 Enterprise Tablet
HP The Vault Design Language
Heavy Duty Mini Converter
HyperDeck Shuttle 
IntelliDesign Lynx X4
MineLab F3 Compact Metal Detector
Orica – CoDé System®
Rdio, www.rdio.com/
RØDE Stereo VideoMic Pro, http://www.rodemic.com/
Skyline Fluid Head, http://www.miller.com.au/
UltraStudio 3D, http://www.blackmagic-design.com/
Vista L5 – Media and Lighting Control Console. http://www.4design.com.au/
Medical and Scientific: Bung Plug, http://www.vertdesign.com.au/
ResMed Pixi Pediatric Mask, http://www.resmed.com/ SphygmoCor XCEL. http://www.atcormedical.com/
Automotive and Transport: Audi Q3, http://www.audi.com.au/ BRP Can-Am Spyder Roadster, http://www.brp.com/ BRP Sea-Doo GTI Personal Watercraft, http://www.brp.com/ DAF XF105, http://www.paccar.com.au/ Honda CR-Z, http://honda.com.au/cars Hyundai i40, http://www.hyundai.com.au/ Hyundai Veloster, http://www.hyundai.com.au/ Intervolt Programmable Voltage Sensing Relay, http://www.intervolt.com/ Jaguar XFR, http://www.jaguar.com.au/ Mazda CX-5, http://www.mazda.com.au/ Next-generation Hyundai i30, http://www.hyundai.com.au/ Range Rover Evoque. http://www.landrover.com.au/
Sport and Leisure: Blinder 4 Lights, http://www.catalyst.net.au/ Chappelli NuVinci, http://www.chappelli.com/ Drag+Fly Elite, http://www.designworksgroup.net/ Gazelle Orange Plus XT Innergy (E-Bike), http://www.gazellebicycles.com.au/ Reebok RealFlex Optimal, http://www.reebok.com/ Sea Scoopa, http://www.seascoopa.com/ The Seaglass Project Albacore. http://www.surfindustries.com/
Housing and Building: Braemar World’s First Five Star Non-condensing Ducted Gas Heating Range, http://www.seeleyinternational.com/ Braemar World’s First Six Star Ducted Gas Heating Range, http://www.seeleyinternational.com/ Clipsal Saturn™ OneTouch, www.schneider-electric.com/ Compu Pool C-Series Commercial Chlorinator, http://www.compupool.com.au/ Evolution MkII, http://www.davey.com.au/ Intelligent Door lock. http://www.cube.net.au/
Heavy Machinery: DEEPSEA CHALLENGER, http://design-industry.com.au/ Komatsu Hybrid Excavator, http://www.komatsu.com.au/ Kwik-ZIP HD series Centralizers, http://www.applidyne.com.au/ PAFtec CleanSpace® Powered Respirator, http://www.paftec.com.au/ Quik Lok Safety Coupler. http://www.design-industry.com/
Architectural and Interior: Australian Workstation Manufacturers – Monorail Glide, http://www.awm.net.au/ Branca, http://www.hermanmiller.com.au/ c:scape, http://www.steelcase.asia/ Cobi, http://www.steelcase.asia/ EchoPanel Mura, http://wovenimage.com/ Furnipart “Malibu”, http://www.furnipart.dk/ Goggle Ergomoic Educational Chair Range, http://www.d3design.com.au/ Graph, http://wilkhahn.com/ Haiku Bamboo, http://www.bigassfans.com/ Humanscale Horizon Light, http://www.humanscale.com/ Interface RAW, http://www.interface.com/ Marina Seat, http://www.hubstreetequipment.com.au/ Methven Tahi twin-lever tapware, http://www.methven.com/ Mura Tile, http://wovenimage.com/ Node, http://www.steelcase.asia/ Zgo Monitor Arm. http://www.cobaltniche.com/
Not-For-Profit service: Family by Family, http://www.tacsi.org.au/ Grow It Local. http://www.growitlocal.com.au/
Business Service: Bamboo, http://www.bamboo4bcm.com/ Corrs Incisive Advice Template. http://www.corrs.com.au/

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