The Apple/Nike designed Nike + iPod Sport Kit has taken a bronze award in the International Design Excellence Awards (IDEA).

The solution is the only Apple product to appear in this year's list, which celebrates the best product designs of the year.

"Breathtaking aesthetics, rugged engineering and enhanced usability characterized the 1,691 entries in categories as diverse as consumer electronics, housewares, transportation, sporting goods, furniture, and medical and scientific equipment and eco-design," the award organisers said in a statement.

Co-sponsored by BusinessWeek magazine and the Industrial Designers Society of America (IDSA), the IDEA awards aim to foster business and public understanding of the impact of industrial design excellence on the quality of life and the economy.

This year, the jury recognized 30 designs from countries outside the US, including Australia, Belgium, Canada, China, France, Germany, Great Britain, Hong Kong, Israel, Italy, Japan, Republic of Korea, The Netherlands, New Zealand, Singapore, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, and The Bahamas.