Photos: Award-winning, innovative product design of 2009


Grating bucket - Award-winning product design of 2009

Source:  Henrik Holbæk and Claus Jensen, Tools Design

Grating bucket - Award-winning product design of 2009

Traditional graters must be used with a plate or board to stop the grated food from spreading and making a mess.

Henrik Holbæk and Claus Jensen of Tools Design in Denmark simply added a solid bottom to a grater to create a tool that holds the food without spillage.


The 2009 International Design Excellence Awards (IDEA) competition winners have just been announced. Co-sponsored by BusinessWeek magazine and the Industrial Designers Society of America (IDSA), the awards are "dedicated to fostering business and public understanding of the importance of industrial design excellence to the quality of life and economy", says the IDSA.

Here are some of New Scientist's favourites from this year's awards, including a cookbook you can taste, shoes made from trash, and a genius cheese grater

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