Overt ornamentation is conspicuously absent among the winners. Instead, designers have created products that are important to people’s lives, referring to the past as well as the future and improving on old favourite objects, rather then replacing them. Winners emphasized simplicity over decoration and permanence over obsolescence. A dishwasher, a modular storage system and an outdoor table are among the products enhanced by redesign, while kiwi “can do” thought processes cropped up time and again among the winners. This was particularly noteworthy in the overall winner, the child’s sleep system and changing table.
Our judging panel included NZ Home & Entertaining editor Claire McCall, well-known design consultant and lecturer Peter Hawthornethwaite and Azhar Mohamed, director of Massey University Design School, Albany.
The finalists in each category were nominated by our seven member selection panel, chosen for their wealth of experience in design and architecture.
Overall Winner (and Indoor Furniture Winner):
Jenny Weenink and Urban Lynch of Kraka Design, Wellignton.
K-Mo Cot and Kraka Newborn System
Bathroom Product Winner:
Catherine David, Catherine David Designs, Auckland.
Black Diamond-patterned plastic shower curtain
Dennis Rowe, Aesthetics Lighting, Wellington.
Kitchen Product Winner:
Fisher & Paykel design team
Fisher & Paykel DishDrawer
Outdoor Furniture Winner:
Michael Draper, Michael Draper Design, Auckland.
Sirley Wijma, Source Mondial, Auckland.
Stephanie Donald, Auckland.
Wallpaper, cup, vase, bowl