The first ever Public Exhibition of Finalists in the 2011 Australian International Design Awards will be held in Melbourne from July 21 - July 24.

Proudly presented by Good Design Australia, this exhibition invites the public to see a host of innovative products vying for a prestigious Australian International Design Award.

The designs on display at the Public Exhibition of Finalists include:

  • a finless surfboard
  • a revolutionary horse bit
  • an electronic interactive playground
  • a compact espresso machine
  • designer office furniture; and
  • a clever fold-up kids bike.
The Australian International Design Awards is Australia's foremost design recognition program, rewarding companies that differentiate their products and services through design.

For the first time in the history of the awards program, all 127 finalist products, as well as student prototypes in the Australian Design Award - James Dyson Award, will be on display to the public as part of Victoria's State of Design Festival.

Brandon Gien, Managing Director of Good Design Australia, says products on display include cars, medical devices, cooking utensils, building tools, toys and furniture - all of which are in the running to receive either the Good Design or Design Award accolade in the 2011 Australian International Design Awards.

"Promoting the value of good design among consumers and businesses is a key objective of Good Design Australia. Hosting our first ever Public Exhibition of all Finalists is an important step in raising consumer awareness of good design and positively influencing the behaviour of Australian consumers," says Gien.

"For a chance to see some beautifully designed and innovative Australian and international products, I encourage the public to visit the 2011 Australian International Design Awards Finalists Exhibition as part of Victoria’s State of Design Festival," he concludes.