Mark Elmore

Bachelor of Design (Industrial Design)

Mark Elmore used his industrial design skills to help turn a common appliance – the dishwasher – into Fisher & Paykel’s DishDrawer, a global phenomenon.

Mark studied Industrial Design at Massey University (then Wellington School of Design), graduating in 1983. He’d already won the Kent Student Design Award.

After a short stint overseas Mark was lured back to join many other Massey graduates at Fisher & Paykel.

Today, as head of the industrial design team, he modestly promotes his team’s efforts in creating the company’s most successful products, but he has actually been at the heart of the creation of Fisher and Paykel’s most iconic innovations.

Mark has spent his career looking at appliances, how they can look good, and do their job better.  At Fisher and Paykel he led the design team that helped turn a common appliance – the dishwasher – into the DishDrawer, a global phenomenon.

The DishDrawer is now sold in 27 countries and credited with bringing millions of dollars to the New Zealand economy.

This success was pivotal in driving export sales into the United States and Europe and in establishing a completely new market for dishwashers. Fisher and Paykel are also leading the world with their Quantum Project inclding the Izona Cooksurface, the ActiveSmart Refrigerator and the SmartDrive washing machine.

Mark is well known and respected for his drive, leadership, vision and creativity. In 2011 he was awarded the John Britten Black Pin at the Designers Institute of New Zealand Best Awards, one of the highest accolades in New Zealand for designers.