The design group has been developing its own range of bicycle accessories under the Knog brand since 2003.

“The Gator is a product that not only showcases excellence in design, but the all-important X-factor,” according to the judges. “Its identity, style and attitude make it a standout achievement. All bases are covered in this fully resolved design to produce something not only functional but undeniably sexy.”

The Award for Excellence in Sustainable Design was won by Caroma Dorf for the design of the H2Zero™ Cube urinal.

“By introducing this award we hope to see Australia’s industrial designers recognised and rewarded for making an environmental difference,” Stephanie Watson, awards manager, says.

The vitreous china urinal utilises unique cartridge technology that functions without water. The cartridge eliminates the need for chemical oil-based seals usually used with waterless urinals. The H2Zero™ could help save billions of litres of fresh water, both in Australia and worldwide.

The winner of the Powerhouse Museum Design Award was SolarScan by Polartechnics and 4design.

The SolarScan system assists doctors in the early detection of melanoma. Advanced camera and computer technology are incorporated into a sturdy and portable device. The images taken by SolarScan can be reproduced and compared over time.

Many of the winning products in the awards program were chosen for inclusion in the Powerhouse Museum’s prestigious permanent collection in Sydney.

The Gold student award went to Powercleat, a device that stores stray lines on the decks of yachts, by Paul Owen, University of New South Wales.  

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