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Best of the Best: Our favourites from the Ngā Aho Award finalists

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Best of the Best: Our favourites from the Ngā Aho Award finalists

Design can reflect our identity and our unique corner of the world by highlighting our indigenous culture, heritage and sense of place. In celebration of Māori Language week, here are some of our favourite picks from the Best Awards Ngā Aho category finalists, which celebrates Māori design.

Worn out

Trends begin in the minds of iconic fashion designers, then make their way onto the catwalk before trickling down into retail stores. Right? Wrong. These days it's less trickle down and more trickle-up as the rise of social media, digital culture and globalisation increasingly offers designers inspiration from the real world. So what does that mean for the fashion industry – and New Zealand Fashion Week? And what can designers do to keep their ranges – and shows – relevant?

Full bloom

Bonnie Brown was the winner of the Blunt + Idealog + Generator Umbrella Experiment earlier this year, which saw her design turned into a limited-edition Blunt umbrella that has now successfully sold out. Here, we get to know the freelance illustrator a little better – and find out what her plans are now that she has a product with her design on it under her belt.

Gratuitous self-promotion

Whether you're a selfish lover of design and want your own, or you're looking for a unique gift for family, friends, staff or clients, you'd better move fast and get yourself a Bonnie Brown's winning Blooming 'Brella. Only 300 of these beautiful things are being made, so if you want to secure yours, all you need to do is specify how many you want and then enter your payment and delivery details online. Once you've done that, the Blooming 'Brellas will be in your hot little hands by mid-September. 

Idealog + Samsung

A nine-storey high design spectacle took over Auckland’s CBD last week to mark the launch of Samsung’s new Galaxy Note9, as two Kiwi artists battled it out in a drawing competition on the phone. The artist who came out triumphant, 27-year-old Callum Rooney, has a chat about getting creative on the new device – and what it was like to have his winning piece projected on the side of a building.