A rainwater storage feature that resembles a giant pebble and an amplifier—taking its influence from insects and adjusts to a listeners musical instincts—are two of the unique and innovative projects featured as part of Unitec’s annual grad show exhibition, opening tomorrow.
The event features fresh breed of designers, performing artists, architects, landscape architects, business and information technology leaders, and communicators, showcasing how they could change the face of their profession.
What: Unitec Grad Show 2010
When: Opening party on Wednesday November 24 from 5.30pm. Exhibition continues on Thursday November 25 until Saturday November 27 from 10am - 4pm.
The exhibition is free and open to the public.
Projects featured include
Aaron Hop –water storage feature
Hop began thinking about New Zealander’s use of water, how we waste so much and have to buy some in, and decided to design a beautiful rainwater storage feature. It looks like an enormous white pebble, with areas for plants to grow on top. It stores 850L of water and can be attached to a hose. Hop's idea is to make a water storage unit that can be a design feature in your garden. In the last year he has not only produced a working design but has also formulated a business plan to launch the product onto the market after graduation.
Jarrett has been living in Tokyo for the last ten years teaching audio engineering and technology. When he came back to New Zealand he decided to enroll at Unitec with the intent of building a high tech, high-end stereo that’s molded in porcelain. Jarrett plans to launch his stereo and amplifier into the Asian market, targeting people who live in apartments on the wealthier side. He plans to utilise trade shows in Singapore and Hong Kong next year as launch pads.
What makes the amplifier a little more unique is that s draws its inspiration from insects. No two amps are the same and they move to adjust to your instincts. The main idea behind Jarrett’s work is that by making products individual, an emotional connection between a person and a product can be engineered.
Campbell Dear – Product Design
Campbell Dear has produced a chair following a brief given to him by Finewood Furniture, whom Dear is currently employed by. His brief was to create a single chair for a corporate space or hotel that incorporated the idea of “New Zealandness” without using obvious clichés.
Campbell has used the idea of “sea meeting shore” and the merge of landscapes between sand, soil, plants and sea on the New Zealand coastline. This is reflected in the finer details of his work, like the exposed grain of the wood and the use of muted greens and blues. Dear also utilized raw New Zealand wool to create the seat covers.
The good news for Dear is that Finewood Furniture will be putting his chair into production.
Julie Karetina - Architecture
Karetina has designed a redevelopment of the Hobsonville air force base on the landing of the Waitemata Harbour.
“The project establishes a methodology for intervention with existing fabric of the defunct seaplane hangars at Hobsonville” says Kareina.
Tremendous attention has been paid to the spaces between the new and old. Karetina’s work seeks to shows respect for the old sturdy structure, with no regret for the manner in which it has aged, while still creating a modern, functional and well designed construction.
The redevelopment means the current space would be preserved, while also creating new space within the old as a community centre and studio. The redevelopment “contributes to the livelihood of the area through the appropriateness of its function” says Karetina. While significant changes are made to the base, Karetina has worked hard to ensure the beauty of the original building and the public’s wishes are respected.