Former UNSW industrial design student Toby McInnes has been awarded both the Highly Commended and People’s Choice award in the recent national Powerhouse Museum Bike Rack as Art design competition.
The Bike Rack as Art competition is part of the NSW government initiative BikePlan and was launched by the Powerhouse Museum and the Roads and Traffic Authority of NSW (RTA) during Sydney Design 2010. The competition invited participants to design a cutting edge public bike rack that is both a beautiful item of street art as well as a long-lasting, easy-to-use, functional device.
Toby worked in collaboration with fellow designer, Chris Smith, to create their award winning concept Quale, which will now be installed at six locations throughout the Parramatta, Liverpool and Penrith areas. Their winning design can be viewed below.
In Toby’s final year of his industrial design degree he won the John O’Brien Scholarship and Breville Young Designer Award for his Breville Fruit Bowl concept. He was also shortlisted in the 2008 Australian Design Awards for his design Bedu, an emergency rapid response product, which was exhibited at the graduate Sustainable Design Exhibition ’08 and at the Powerhouse 12th International Design Festival. He is currently working on the Green Houses project for the Department of Housing.