Inside the Collection

australian product design

Bionic body parts – Cochlear in the collection

October 21, 2013

Angelique Hutchison
Recent news of a bionic eye prototype being tested by Bionic Vision Australia is exciting for medical device research in Australia. There’s a number of other ‘retinal prosthesis’ devices being developed in Australia and overseas.

In memory of Keith Hensel, Australian product designer

January 25, 2013

Angelique Hutchison
Keith Hensel was principal designer at Breville, and previously a designer with Sunbeam and Nielsen Design Associates. For more than 20 years he had been involved in designing household products from lighting to kettles, toasters to toothbrushes.

World’s smallest ultrasound machine on display

August 11, 2010

Angelique Hutchison
The world’s smallest ultrasound machine is now on display in the Australian International Design Awards exhibition. The Signos Pocket Sized ultrasound system uses high frequency sound waves to look at organs and structures inside the body.

Award-winning surfboard design

August 10, 2010

Angelique Hutchison
One of the products featured in this year’s Australian International Design Awards exhibition is the Meyerhoffer Surfboard. It is a distinct hybrid surfboard design, and behaves like both a longboard and a shortboard.

Latest Australian product design on show

August 1, 2010

Angelique Hutchison
The Museum’s annual selection from the 2010 Australian International Design Awards is now on show as part of Sydney Design 2010. This year’s exhibition includes a gaming headset that reads brain signals and facial expressions and a pocket-sized ultrasound system.

Baby capsule – 1980s Australian product design pt1

March 5, 2010

Angelique Hutchison
Visiting The 80s Are Back exhibition I wondered: if I had to pick the best in Australian product design from the 1980s, what would it be? A Sunbeam kettle or the décor wine cask cooler? The Stackhat or a Caroma toilet?