New Zealand is full of legendary designers, but often there doesn’t seem to be much thought given as to where their design prowess might have evolved from. In a bid to do its bit to honour top Kiwi designers that once sat in its lecture theatres, Massey University's College of Creative Arts has announced its Hall of Fame 2011 inductees. Among them is the creator of the DishDrawer, along with the designer of the old mastheads for the Dominion and Evening Post newspapers, and the man who started the Wellington School of Design back in 1886.
It was a genuinely shocked and very stoked former Massey University student who took out this year’s New Zealand James Dyson Award at a ceremony in Auckland’s new Viaduct Events Centre. Nicholas Couch’s recyclable shoe designed for barefoot running was described by head judge, DINZ’s David Lovegrove, as challenging the status quo.
Nothing quite beats the smell of freshly cut grass but if Dunedin designer Stuart Smith has anything to do with it, it won’t be coming to you courtesy of a petrol-powered lawnmower. The 23-year-old’s design has been named one of the three finalists in the annual James Dyson Award, which recognises the next generation of emerging Kiwi product designers who have developed inventions that are innovative and inspire solutions to everyday problems. And this years pickings seem to be particularly wrapped in sustainability credentials.
The manipulation of light in the physical space can lead to some pretty spectacular results and an upcoming exhibition in Wellington is showcasing those that do it best. Wellington Lux 2011 is a two-day conference themed around leading international practitioners (artists, designers and architects) who use technology and light in new and dynamic ways, and the line up of local and international speakers so far is an impressive one.
Probably not, but it’s a tasty piece of innovative design that has earned Massey University student Roseanne de Bruin a finalist spot in the global Electrolux Design Lab competition. In fact, Massey University students have snatched up the only three spots by Kiwis in the top 25 list, which features designers from 14 countries including South Korea, USA, the Czech Republic, France and Poland.
Every year the SEGD Design Awards scan the globe for the best in communication design for the built environment. And this year, two clever Kiwi concepts have been selected from a vast international field to take home awards.
Massey University spatial design student, Ana McGowan, has won a prestigious international competition as part of international design exhibition, the Prague Quadrennial on Performance Design and Space. McGowan came out tops in the theatre architecture competition for her work titled ‘New Ruins’, beating out over 180 entries from 44 countries.
What stimulates your memory, or your understanding of what memory is? How does the motivation to create and contain memory co-exist within the expression of your design work, your architecture, your photography or art?
Wellington was the place to be to get deep and meaningful about this growing agenda of questions last week, when the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa joined with New York’s Syracuse University and Massey University in hosting the Contained Memory Conference – Pupuri Pohewa.