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Hunter-made innovation wins Australian Good Design Award

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The plaudits keep coming for Beresfield-based company Omnia Wheel.

After being named Manufacturer of the Year at the 2020 Hunter Manufacturing Awards, and a finalist in 2021, managing director Peter McKinnon and his team have now dazzled the judges at the prestigious 2021 Australian Good Design Awards.

Omnia Wheel’s pot plant glider took out the category, Product Design for Housewares and Objects for Design and Innovation.   

The event, which celebrates the best design of new products and services on the Australian and international markets, attracted a record 933 submissions this year, evaluated by more than 70 jurors.

The Omni Glider, co-developed with Sydney-based firm Design + Industry (D+I), was deemed “desirable”.

“This is a great practical object for moving plants,” a judge stated.

“The concealed wheels and finesse of the product make it absolutely covetable for the market, giving users flexibility and the capacity to clean and sweep around their plants with ease. Beautiful job.

“The clean aesthetic doesn’t try to make a feature of itself, rather be there to assist the user in a practical and useful way.

“It’s a surprising little gem.”

The Omni Glider supersedes traditional castor wheel trolleys and caddys used underneath plant pots.

The secret to the superior mobility of it is the patented omni wheels (wheels within wheels) that let potted plants seamlessly glide in any direction across pavers, decking and floorboards without getting stuck, tipping over or rolling away.

A proud Mr McKinnon said the product allowed people to easily move heavy potted pots with confidence.

“Not only does your potted plant glide to exactly where you want it to go, it requires very little effort or strength, making it a safer and more stable solution,” he explained.

“Sales in Australia and the United States have been strong with high rates of repeat purchasing and consistent 5-star reviews from customers on the Omni Glider’s superior ease of use and aesthetics.

“Customers love the understated, sleek design and hidden wheels, which enhances the overall appearance of the plant pots, unlike traditional castor wheel trolleys.

“We’re very proud to be acknowledged in this way.”

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