Victa ‘Razor’ Lawnmower

Made by Victa Pty Ltd in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, 2004.

The ‘Razor’ lawnmower is the first domestic product to be released in a major redesign of Victa’s products. It represents a contemporary redesign of an iconic Australian product. By redesigning its mower range Victa aimed to reinvigorate its image as an innovative company leading in the lawncare industry.

The new design features an improved cutting system and a more ergonomic handle. Enhanced handling and a larger cutting diameter reduce the time and effort required by users when mowing. The mo...

Summary

Object No.

2005/75/1

Physical Description

Lawnmower and catcher, two-stroke petrol, Victa 'Razor', alloy / plastic / rubber, designed by Mark Armstrong, Henri Spaile, Attila Bertok from Blue Sky Creative and Paul Tonitto, Dominic Tamas, Patrick Doyle from Victa Lawncare, 2002-2003, manufactured by Victa Lawncare Pty Ltd, Moorebank, New South Wales, Australia, 2004

Blue alloy chassis and blue plastic catcher with grey and black trim. 'VICTA' is printed in black on each side of the catcher and is in grey between the front wheels. The mower is operated by a Victa VSX160 two-stroke petrol engine. The fold down 'Aerogrip' handle is ergonomically designed, and the mower has a 48cm cutting width from edge to edge. The mower has four black rubber and plastic tyres.

Dimensions

Height

1110 mm

Width

520 mm

Production

Notes

The 'Razor' was designed by Blue Sky Creative in partnership with Victa Lawncare Pty Ltd. The design team consisted of: Mark Armstrong, Henri Spaile, Attila Bertok from Blue Sky Creative and Paul Tonitto, Dominic Tamas, Patrick Doyle from Victa Lawncare. Development of the design concept began in April 2002 and the 'Razor' model went into production in August 2003.

This mower was assembled at the Victa assembly line at Moorebank from components manufactured elsewhere. Approximately 90% of the components were manufactured in Australia.

Made

Victa Pty Ltd 2004

Designed

Blue Sky Design Group 2002-2003

History

Notes

This Victa Razor lawnmower was submitted by Victa to the Australian Design Awards in 2004 and was inspected during the judging process. The mower won an Australian Design Award in 2004 and was also awarded the Powerhouse Museum Selection. It was then transferred from Standards Australia to the Powerhouse Museum for display in the 2004 Australian Design Awards exhibition from July 2004 to June 2005.

Over 200 products were entered in the 2004 Australian Design Awards. The judging panel recommended 61 of these products receive an Australian Design Mark and 21 of these products for an Australian Design Award. The 21 products receiving the Australian Design Award were announced at a dinner and awards ceremony on 23rd April 2004 at Sydney Town Hall. At this ceremony the Powerhouse Museum Director announced the recipients of the fifteen Powerhouse Museum Selection awards for 2004.

Source

Credit Line

Gift of Victa Lawncare, 2004

Acquisition Date

23 February, 2005

Cite this Object

Harvard

Victa 'Razor' Lawnmower 2014, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, accessed 22 January 2018, <https://ma.as/349067>

Wikipedia

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