Check out industrial design legend Chuck Pelly fall-test a pram, the Consumer Products team face a ride on a blender, and me discovering a kids eye view on an innovative balance bike.
I am up to Day 2 judging the Consumer Products section of this years Australian Design Awards and I am excited not only because there are some terrific products but also because I am working with Chuck Pelly, founder of DesignWorks and the LA Auto Challenge competition and designer of lots of cool things. Chuck is currently designing some game-changing stuff for WalMart and GE and it is great getting his perspective on the products.
Day 1 was all about blenders and coffee makers and its interesting that the $350 coffee maker has become the judges' "go to" coffee machine in preference to other machines costing $3000+. This particularly perky little number looks like it could have been designed by Andre Putman or a really in-form early Alessi and I think I might need one. It could well take one of the main accolades in the competition.
Today was all about cleaners: robot floor cleaners, mops, brooms and dustpans and a total of 9 vacuums, the makers of which all claimed that environmental design was a "high priority" yet only one of the 9 contained recycled material content. That one blitzed it with a 55% recycled content plastic and no compromise on design, detail or structure. We are having lots of fun - as you will see from the pics and video below - long days but lots to pique the interest. And several designs we saw on the New Inventors that have now been produced and launched into the Aussie market. More soon!
Late last year I was part of the Sydney Design Week Pecha Kucha held at the Ivy. I was a terrific night with some intriguing presentations including a mapping of Australia based on Bird-derived surnames and a riveting story from Hamish Ta-Me about his modified camera experiments to capture beatboys in slow motion. I love the night light in the second shot titled simply "Paul" - take a look at the pics Hamish sent me below, and more on his website here.
This is one of the coolest 3-wheeler designs I have seen so far. Designed by Heikki Juvonen to sit between a bike and a car to augment family transportation options the driver sits inside the thrd wheel. The possibilities for that innovation in packaging are huge. Read more about the car, the designer and the competition here.
In 2008 I wrote a 22-page lift out called the Blue Pages for Monument magazine containing innovations in water ranging from wave power to greywater processing and floating houses that harness the thermal mass of the water for internal comfort. I was not able to write as much as I would have liked about Charlie Paton's incredible Seawater Greenhouse design built in Abu Dhabi but I have just uncovered some of the additional diagrams and photos so - for the ultimate solution to sustainable agriculture in dry arid (yet seaside) regions of the world - check this out!
The process imitates the hydrological cycle where water evaporates from the ocean via the sun's heat, cools to form clouds and then returns to sea and land as rain, fog or dew. Could this also be a solution for the cooling ponds of power stations and other man-made saline water bodies?
Link to Charlie's website here
Sally Dominguez writes, skis, designs and teaches, is curious about most things and loves Dr Seuss.