The judges of this year’s Good Design Awards all agreed that takeaway coffee is a very important matter. Melbourne business frank green and its innovative SmartCup were announced the winners of the Good Design Australia's Award for Product Design (Housewares, Fashion and Objects). So the daily dilemma of getting a coffee to-go without the packaging waste appears to be solved.
The original product is a reusable and eco-friendly coffee cup that fuses design, form and function with sustainability. It features a double-walled thermo-plastic outer layer that keeps coffee hotter for longer; high-quality recyclable materials that are stain and odour resistant, BPA fee and non-toxic; a spill-resistant design; and is entirely dishwasher-safe.
But the most impressive aspect of the SmartCup is its unique smart chip feature, which provides users a quick and easy way to pay for their coffee; all that's required is a swipe of the lid. frank green developed a world-first app, CafePay, to facilitate the function.
Alongside its sustainability and technological innovation, the SmartCup’s champagne coupe shape and sleek aesthetic was also praised.
On all fronts, the simple- yet cutting-edge design impressed judges. Founder and owner of frank green, Ben Young, was thankful for the award: “It is an absolute honour to have been recognised for our efforts in such a competitive industry and amongst leaders in design and innovation.”
For the full list of entries and winners, see good-design.com.