Australian design recognition for electrical switchplate

Friday, 05 June, 2009

The Hagerblu Visage range of electrical switchplates and GPOs was awarded an Australian International Design Mark in the prestigious 2009 Australian International Design Awards competition held Friday 29 May 2009 in Melbourne, changing the face of wiring accessory design.

The Hagerblu Visage range is the latest collaboration of international designer Erwin Van Handenhoven with local luminary Rob Geddes who, in 2006, won the Australian Design Award for the original Hagerblu system.

The system is unique whereby the switch base houses the technology and the ‘face’ is created as an interchangeable cover. The result is a fashion ‘visage’ with a slimline profile that can be updated as often as the furnishings change.

Some 150 entries in the Design Awards were judged by more than 600 designers, with over 100 products short-listed and 73 finalists determined, including Hagerblu Visage wiring accessories in the hotly contested Housing & Building category. The judges were looking for innovation, visual/emotional appeal, functionality, quality/manufacturing, human factors (ergonomics, semantics and safety) and environmental sustainability, which they identified in the Hagerblu Visage range and awarded the prestigious Australian International Design Mark.

“We are delighted to be once again recognised for our innovative design,” said Ben Kramer, CEO Hager B&R. “The Hagerblu switch system sets benchmarks in safe and clever technology. Now we also have the edge with our beautiful Visage designs.”

Hager’s Rotoloc switch mechanism is locked into place like a classic bayonet light bulb. The result is the switch cannot be pushed back dangerously into the wall. Hagerblu’s child safety shutter is also internally built into the power point, ensuring curious children are never in danger. Hagerblu’s in-built arc shields reduce visible flash when switching fluorescent lighting and the chemically resistant pivot mechanism prevents household cleaners damaging the plastic that holds the switch rocker in place — all Hagerblu innovations that together deliver a safe, technologically advanced product.

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