Check out the finalists for this year’s Best Design Awards

The finalists have been announced for this year's Best Design Awards.

It's that time again – the finalists have been announced for this year's Best Design Awards. Check out the many, many finalists here!

While all nine categories are stuffed full of clever and good designs – from a coffee flavour finder to an AI weapon against scammers – we've taken a brief look at the finalists in the Value of Design Award:

RTA Studio – Axiom Projects

The re-opening of Objectspace Gallery in Ponsonby took place in July last year. The new, larger gallery, situated in a former industrial warehouse, was designed by RTA Studio and boasts four exhibition spaces and a multi-use public programme space.

Massey University College of Creative Arts Design+Democracy Project
On the Fence 2017

On the Fence is a gameful questionnaire that helps young undecided and first-time voters engage directly with issues by matching their personal values with political parties. It is a tool that “builds political confidence, participation and transforms disengaged users into informed, active voters.”

RD (Retail Dimension)
Hannahs new store environment

Created to celebrate the legacy of the company’s heritage, the design-led process considered flow and the curation of brands.

Weta Workshop
GKR: Heavy Hitters

As everyone knows, Weta Workshop creates fantastical special effects and props, and GKR: Heavy Hitters looks exactly the same but in game form. It’s customizable tabletop game for one to four players, combining high-quality collectables with dice-rolling, deck-building and tactical play.

Fisher & Paykel Appliances
Active smart built-in refrigerator

A fridge is just a fridge, right? Wrong. Fisher & Paykel has created a fridge that fits seamlessly into its surroundings. 

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