New Zealand startup Huski wins Australia’s coveted Good Design Award for design excellence

July 12, 2019

The winners of Australia's peak industry design awards, the highest honour for design and innovation in the country, were announced in Sydney on 11 July at the 61st annual Good Design Awards Ceremony.

The Huski Wine Cooler received a prestigious Good Design Award Winner Accolade in the Product Design category in recognition for outstanding design and innovation.

Designed to keep wine and champagne chilled for up to 6 hours, without the need for ice or power, the Huski Wine Cooler is a world-first patent pending innovation.

The annual Good Design Awards is Australia’s most prestigious international Awards for design and innovation with a proud history dating back to 1958. The Awards celebrate the best new products and services on the Australian market.

The Good Design Awards Jury spent several days evaluating each entry according to a strict set of design criteria which covers ‘good design’, ‘design innovation’ and ‘design impact’. Projects recognised with a Good Design Award must demonstrate excellence in all areas and convince the Jury they are worthy of recognition.

Dr. Brandon Gien, CEO of Good Design Australia said: “Receiving a Good Design Award at this level is a significant achievement given the very high calibre of entries received this year.”

“Australia’s Good Design Award is more than a symbol of design excellence, it represents the hard work and dedication towards an innovative outcome that will ultimately improve our quality of life. These projects showcase the brilliance of design and the potential it has to improve our world,” said Dr. Gien.

The Good Design Awards Jury praised the Huski Wine Cooler commenting: “Quality materials and aesthetic with a market that would love the benefit of its improved performance over other products on the market. Simply conceived and solidly constructed and with an adjustable screw top that inspires confidence. Well thought through and very functional.”

Simon Huesser, co-founder of Huski said: “We’re absolutely stoked to come away with a win. To be recognised alongside some of the best design talent in the world is an incredible honour.”

Simon went on to say: “We’re very fortunate that in New Zealand we’ve got incredibly talented and supportive people in a small community-minded market, which fosters innovation. This provides an ideal environment to develop and test new products and ideas locally, before scaling up to take advantage of the much bigger global opportunity - a great recipe for potential success.”

The Good Design Awards attracted a record number of submissions with close to 700 design projects evaluated in this year’s international design awards.

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About Huski
Huski is a New Zealand startup that designs innovative performance drinkware and is focused on creating better drinking experiences for its customers. Based in Auckland, New Zealand, Huski launched in 2017 with their first product, the Huski Beer Cooler, and now offers a range of premium thermal drinkware products. The company was founded by Kiwi couple Simon and Meika Huesser.

About the Huski Wine Cooler
The Huski Wine Cooler is a product designed to keep wine and champagne chilled for up to 6 hours, without the need for ice or power. It's a world-first patent pending innovation. Designed as an extension of the wine bottle itself, it’s a double walled, vacuum insulated stainless steel casing with an adjustable flexi-fit gasket and thread system which fits most standard wine and champagne bottles. Designed in collaboration Blender, a leading New Zealand Product Design consultancy based in Auckland, and part-funded by Callaghan Innovation, a government agency that supports hi-tech businesses in New Zealand.

About Good Design Australia and Australia’s Good Design Awards
Good Design Australia is an international design promotion organisation responsible for managing Australia’s annual Good Design Awards and other signature design events. With a proud history that dates back to 1958, Good Design Australia remains committed to promoting the importance of design to business, industry, government and the general public and the critical role it plays in creating a better, safer and more prosperous world.

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