Dunedin products, including a paintball gun praised for
its ''striking aesthetic resolution'', were among those
recognised at last night's Best Design Awards.
The annual awards, organised by the Designers Institute of
New Zealand and held in Auckland last night, recognised the
''strongest design work produced in New Zealand''.
The Rogue paintball gun, designed by Mosgiel-based Alex
Hodge, of Hodge Ltd, picked up a ''gold pin'' award, which is
a step down from the supreme ''purple pin'' award.
The judges applauded the design for its ''striking aesthetic
resolution'' and Mr Hodge's ''careful attention'' to how the
product would be used.
Dunedin designs which picked up silver pin awards were the
Thin Air wind turbine, designed by William Early, of
Powerhouse Wind, and the 90cm freestanding cooker range and
60cm built-in oven range, both designed by Fisher &
Dunedin bronze pin awards went to The Backpod, a product
designed by Andrew Wallace to relieve upper back pain, and a
sensor designed to monitor kayakers' performance by Vaaka
Designer's Institute of New Zealand chief executive Cathy
Veninga, said it was heartening to see New Zealand designers
were ''pushing boundaries of innovation''.
''The ideas and their execution are truly world class, to
bring the best results for businesses,'' Ms Veninga said.
The supreme winners included Auckland University of
Technology's new Sir Paul Reeves building and an exercise
machine designed for Les Mills.