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You've got to see the excellent 2004 Australian Design Awards at the Powerhouse if you're into design.

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Published Saturday, June 26, 2004

A redesign of an Australian household icon, an 'eco-friendly' chair, a domestic water-conserving product, and a life-saving artificial heart device are just some of the remarkable products to be displayed in the 2004 Australian Design Awards exhibition from 3 July at the Powerhouse Museum.
Funky homewares and furnishings including the Aura modular seating system and Miss Molly, the first Australian plywood chair to use certified 'eco-friendly' timber, sit alongside the Qantas Skybed, the new business class seat by renowned Australian designer Marc Newson which is now being introduced on Qantas planes.

Discover innovative and life-saving medical devices including the VentrAssist Artificial Heart, an implantable pump designed as a permanent alternative to heart transplantation, and the OMI Safe Syringe, which traps and destroys the sharp needle inside the syringe body immediately after use. Plus see redesigns of Australian 'icon' products such as the Victa Razor Lawnmover and the Ford Territory hybrid vehicle.

The 2004 Australian Design Awards exhibition also features the winner of the 2004 Invention of the Year, the planetary electric motor model, and some of the innovative designs from the Dyson Student Award category, including the Strollamate, Rockfishing-Aid, Artificial Pancreas and Dual Juicers.

Demonstrating excellence in design, innovation, sustainability and a distinct competitive edge, the ground-breaking designs on display are testament to the increasing number of exceptional products developed by Australian designers and manufacturers for world markets.

A division of Standards Australia, the annual Australian Design Awards program showcases the best examples of Australian design and innovation and the high quality of design expertise available to manufacturers in Australia and overseas. Entries are received in a number of categories, from consumer, student and fashion & textiles, to medical & scientific, housing & building, and business. The Powerhouse Museum has had a long association with the Awards and has been recognising design innovation since 1992.

The 2004 Australian Design Awards exhibition will be displayed in the Powerhouse Museum’s Success and Innovation gallery, which illustrates how product designers convert ideas into reality and also showcases significant Australian innovations from the past.

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