By NZHJ November 16, 2017 Plumbing

A top local designer, a wiring device range and a locally designed and made gas fire were singled out for praise at the Best Design Awards last month.

One product singled out at the Best Awards that's very relevant to our channel was PDL by Schneider Electric’s Iconic wiring devices range (right) which took out the top award, a Gold Pin, in the Consumer Product Design category.

Iconic was designed by the Schneider Electric Pacific Design Lab, Design Directors Xavier Lifran, Michael Young and Rod Wibienga and team member Mathieu Servais.

The judges said: “Its seamless attention to detail, Lego-like ease of installation and user flexibility combined with impeccable production values made the Iconic series a winner”.

The system is also “aesthetically restrained and quietly elegant in a category where innovation and trade acceptance require powerful creativity and switched on user insight.”

Also noteworthy was ESCEA’s DS1400 Frameless Gas Fireplace (top photo), which was a Finalist in the Consumer Product Design category and was designed by Design Director Ken Molloy and team members Dave Olsen, Alex Hodge, Troy Jolly, Aaron Porter and Cory King.

An individual singled out for a top award – a Black Pin for Outstanding Achievement – was the late Kent Sneddon (below), Methven’s Global Design Director, who died suddenly in 2014.

The Designers Institute says: “Kent Sneddon set the foundation for design thinking at Methven and lifted the role of design in the business.”

A Wellington School of Design graduate, he first worked with noted Kiwi designer Peter Haythornthwaite and then at Fisher & Paykel where he went on to lead the development of a global strategy for a new generation of appliances and concepts. 

Perhaps best known as the design architect for the Aurora Jet shower, Kent joined Methven in 2006.

Kent made a lasting contribution to the design profession in New Zealand," says the Designers Institute.

"This award acknowledges that he hadn’t reached his peak and that he would have gone on to develop more innovative and ground-breaking designs. A great talent whose life was cut short.”

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