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Kenyon Wins a DAME

Gyre9 is proud and excited to announce Kenyon’s win of the DAME award for their SilKEN2 Induction Cooktop at the 2014 Marine Equipment Trade Show [METS] in Amsterdam. According to the design competition’s jurors “Kenyon has brought a sophisticated and aesthetically pleasing touch control induction cooktop into the marine world”. Special praise was given to the cooktops clever power and heat management as well as the high temperature cooking grade silicone mat that provides a high grip surface for pans when in use, stops the cooktop from getting scratched and is easy to clean following food preparation.Kenyon2

The SilKEN2 won first place in the category of Interior Equipment, Furnishing, Materials and Electrical Fittings used in Cabins. The cooktop was 1 of only 6 products in a field of 116 product entries from 23 countries that were recognized by the design jury. Kenyon’s president Phil Williams says the DAME is “the highest award for design you can win in the marine industry”. Phil credits Gyre9 for their thoughtful approach to the design of the user interface as well their dedication and commitment in developing a feature rich product and exclusive hardware and software providing his company a competitive position in the marketplace.

METS, held annually in Amsterdam, is the world’s largest Marine Equipment Trade Show; the only international B2B exhibition for the marine leisure industry. The Design Award METS (DAME) was initiated in 1991 to recognize the best designed product at the METS (Marine Equipment Trade Show) exhibition. As the world’s number one international design competition for new marine equipment and accessories the DAME has enormous industry prestige and a worldwide commercial impact. To win the DAME is the ultimate accolade for companies and innovators, and all the nominations for the award are seen as trendsetters for the next generation of product development. The aim of the competition is to promote and highlight the total use of design throughout a product’s lifecycle, from conception, to manufacturing and end user experience. The Jury also considers overall impact on the marine industry, suitability for intended purpose, the level of innovation, the product’s cost effectiveness and its environmental impact.

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Maclaren Rolls-out the MARK II

Maclaren, world-renowned producer of baby strollers, used the original design brief from its very first buggy as inspiration for its next

generation stroller, the Mark II. With modern materials and engineering, they created the lightest full-featured buggy on the market.

To tackle this feat, Maclaren needed some design and engineering creativity to elevate the user experience and aesthetics. Gyre9 was called in to help! Our team designed a simple but powerful wheel that is not only visually appealing, but by incorporating closed-cell rubber technology, provides the soft ride of a pneumatic tire without the maintenance.

Gyre9 was also tasked with modernizing the grips to compliment the Mark II’s distinctive frame and to give the user a whole new handle on the buggy’s performance. In an industry first, we designed the grips to be built with super soft and lightweight closed-cell foam. They are not only antimicrobial, but also nine times more durable than ordinary grips.

To learn more about this project and others with Maclaren please visit our portfolio