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Lifestyle: A World Stuffed With Fun Stuff


If there were any doubts that design is going global, the 2004 awards quashes them. We have a Dutch company, Philips (PHG), designing a clock radio in China for the Chinese and Asian markets. We have a Korean corporation, Samsung, designing microwaves for Americans who like their pizzas big -- too big, in fact, to fit in most microwaves. We have a South African firm helping design an automatic pool cleaner for the U.S. market. And yes, we even have a small New York design firm, Built NY, creating an easy way to carry two bottles of wine to any party anywhere in the world. That's cool.

Silver

MICROWAVE OVEN

Designer: Samsung

Big pizzas don't fit into microwaves. Samsung added a rounded door, and now they do. It also put the controls on the door itself at a 15-degree angle to make it easier to use. $99.

Bronze

CLOCK RADIO

Designer: Philips Design, China

Targeted at young Asians, this baseball-shaped clock radio has bright orange colors and wake-up sounds that include frog, buzzer, sonar, and music/news. The front rotates to tune in radio stations. $20.

Silver

ZODIAC G4

Designers: Zodiac Pool Care; Henk & I, South Africa

Specially designed rudders and sails and only one moving part make this automatic pool cleaner simple and longer-lasting than competitors. Bright colors make it stand out. $449.

Gold

NY BYO BAG

Designer: Built NY

Take bonded nylon/neoprene, to provide insulation and shock absorption, add fun colors, stitch the material so it carries two wine bottles in separate pouches so they don't clink but do stand up, and you get a great product. $16.50.


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