I-CONIC Australian Design: Phillip Zmood

Graduating from RMIT industrial design, Phillip started working at GM Holden in Melbourne in 1965 as a staff designer. He was promoted to assistant chief designer in 1966 and made significant contributions to the HQ sedan, wagon and coupe (Monaro), and was chief designer of the Torana studio from 1969 until 1978. After working in Germany at Opel as chief designer, Mr Zmood returned to Melbourne and, in 1983, was appointed as the first Australian Director of Design at GM Holden. In his 37 years at Holden, Mr Zmood was directly involved in the design of Holden’s iconic muscle cars, including Toranas, Monaros and Commodores.

Good Design Awards Gold Medal recognition

I-CONIC Australian Design has been recognised in the 2021 Good Design Awards for design research. This research pays homage to Robin Boyd’s legacy and his commitment to the promotion of Australian Design by bringing together iconic, delightful and sometimes surprising nuggets of Australia’s incredible design history.

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