The circular economy is a hot concept these days, so what better way to embrace this concept than to make food packaging edible, too? Better Burger is serving up burgers this Sunday (aka Earth Day) in one-off packaging made from wafer paper and edible ink.
San-Francisco based artist Ian Ross has carved his ethereal designs into the sands of Aljezur, Portugal, California and now, Brighton Beach and Doctors Point in Dunedin. Here, he chats about what inspired the piece, as well as how he uses nature’s elements to raise awareness for marine and coastal issues.
Tama Toki’s unusual upbringing on Great Barrier Island led him to found a company that creates products inspired by his grandmother’s traditional Māori medicine. Called Aotea, it makes wellness tonics, honey and skincare, with a social good aspect involved, as jobs are being created to help alleviate people out of poverty on the island.
For the 2018 Design Issue, we wanted to explore New Zealand’s national identity and the way it is interpreted through different forms of design. So, we reached out to renowned furniture maker, sculptor and design educator Carin Wilson and asked if he wanted to interpret Aotearoa’s identity and its ties to our indigenous culture through a carving for our cover.
Following on from the success of its previous collaborative exhibition, The obliteration room, Auckland Art Gallery is rolling out another installation viewers can get involved in – except this time, with cardboard.
Johnson Witehira is a designer of Tamahaki (Ngāti Hinekura), Ngā Puhi (Ngai-tū-te-auru), Ngāti Haua and New Zealand European descent. He recently collaborated with local iwi to design artwork to adorn the walls of Auckland’s southern motorway. Here, he discusses the themes behind the piece.
A charity that helps filter harmful online content from children has won Tech Innovator of the Year at the 2018 NZ Charities Technology Awards. Safe Surfer, which was developed in the Bay of Plenty, is now being used by more than 300,000 individuals in over 120 countries.
A new study out of University of Otago has found that if our biggest cities ditch the cars and start using other modes of transports more, it could significantly reduce premature deaths and carbon emissions in New Zealand. We talk with senior lecturer Dr Caroline Shaw about the findings.
There's no question design is having a moment. Fortune 500 companies are hiring chief design officers and investing in design and innovation centres, and even traditional corporates are getting in on the action. At the forefront of this is Silicon Valley based Airbnb, the online marketplace for people to lease short-term accommodation. Founded by designers Joe Gebbia and Brian Chesky and co-founder Nathan Blecharczyk in 2008, the company is now a behemoth, valued at US$31 billion and located in 190 countries. On a recent trip to Auckland for the Better By Design CEO Summit, Airbnb's Jenny Arden (an IDEO, Google and YouTube alumni) chats with us all things design.
Since the start of time, women have been involved in the building of cities, influencing architecture as we know it today. Yet statistics from the NZIA show that although architecture graduates in New Zealand are a 50/50 split gender wise, the number of women practising, particularly in senior roles, drops off significantly over time. On International Women’s Day, Context Architects director Lisa Hinton reflects on the industry’s diversity issues, as well as what her firm’s doing to combat this.