Caroma and industrial designer Marc Newson have won the 2014 Good Design Award of the Year for their 22-piece bathroom collection comprising toilets, tapware, showers, baths and a urinal.
Presented by Good Design Australia, the Awards was announced in Sydney on May 28 to a gala event audience as part of the 2014 Good Design Festival, in association in VIVID Sydney .
The Good Design Australia judging panel called the Marc Newson Bathroom Collection, which was the chosen winner from over 150 finalists , an exemplary design that considered everyday challenges to reach a beautiful design outcome.
“This bathroom range is a great example of how a good designer, with the enthusiastic support of a determined client, can enhance the usefulness and appeal of just about any product. The range is exquisitely designed and made,” the judges commented.
Innovations across the Marc Newson collection include a no base flanges or wall cover plate policy for tapware, a vitreous china material continuity across the entire range and an innovative toilet pan flushing configuration.
“These products function smoothly and are beautifully resolved – certainly a great example of ’form following function’. The materials, graphics and mechanisms are up to date and the execution is faultless,” said the judges.
The Marc Newson range includes toilets, tapware, showers baths and a urinal. Images: Good Design Australia.
Good Design Awards were given to 77 products while 13 projects were awarded category prizes, including a Neeson Murcutt Architects and Sue Barnsley Design project from the Architecture and Interiors category.
Their collaborative design of the City of Sydney’s popular Prince Alfred Park + Pool trumped competition and was called a standout entry by the judges due to its holistic approach, design complexities and community legacy.
“Stunningly resolved design and architecture from one of the most highly acclaimed landscape designers in this country,” said the judges.
“Every aspect of this park is so beautifully considered. A short stroll through the area and you can quickly see just how popular this park has become and why this team deserves recognition.”
The Prince Alfred Park + Pool fought off stiff competition from Abuzz Solution’s ‘Flint Wayfinder’, a navigation tool for indoor retail spaces, as well as the Interface designed ‘Net-Effect’ carpet tile design made from developing community sourced fishing nets (Sustainability Category Award winner).
Located at the edge of central Sydney, the Prince Alfred Park + Pool are used by local workers and residents for recreational means. The design ambition was to reinvigorate the park and upgrade the tired public pool without erasing the Victorian roots of the area.
The pool and surrounding parkland received a complete overhaul and now include an integrated landscape, an activity emphasised facility and a new urban ecology.
The Good Design 'Best in Category' Award winners:
Prince Alfred Park + Pool by Neeson Murcutt Architects and Sue Barnsley Design, Architecture and Interiors category
CITROEN Grand C4 Picasso by Citroën Automobiles Australia, Automotive and Transport category (Pictured)
Minbie - soft silicone baby’s teat by I-Sip – Minbie and Ideation Design, Babies and Children category
ICCL PAD – Integrated Communications Cap Lamp by Mine Site Technologies, Tiller Design and OSD (Outerspace Design Group) collaboration, Commercial and Industrial category (Pictured)
BACtrack Mobile Breathalyzer by BACtrack, Consumer Electronics category
MailChimp app by MailChimp, Digital and Online category
Dyson Cool Fan AM06 by Dyson, Domestic Appliances
Community-centred innovation : co-designing for disaster by preparedness by RMIT University, Bushfire Co-Operative, Research Centre, Design Research Institute, Australian Emergency, Management Institute collaboration, Education category
Gesture chair by Steelcase, Furniture and Lighting category (pictured)
The HEG - It's a peg with a Hook..! by Hegs Pegs Australia, FINGO Product Development SBi Innovation, Housing and Objects category
Intelect Neo – electrotherapy rehabilitation equipment by DJO, LLC Design + Industry Pty Limited, Medical and Scientific category
A Revolutionary Herb & Spice System for Busy Cooks by Outerspace Design, Blue Marlin, QDesign Enterprises and Sealed Air, Packaging and Graphics category
Flip Reel (fishing reel) by Squiddies and Tiller Design, Sport and Leisure category (Pictured)
2014 Good Design Award, Sustainability:
Net- Effect - Carpet tiles made from fishing nets sourced from developing communities by Interface, Sustainability category winner.
All Images: Good Design Australia.