Elevator Pitch: Makeshi Thappen (watch)

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Elevator Pitch: Makeshi Thappen (watch)

We gave Makeshi + Thappen founder and former Blunt Umbrellas managing director Scott Kington a little longer than an elevator ride to pitch his new business, a design-led innovation agency and product incubator.

Gratuitous self-promotion

Bonnie Brown's award winning Blooming 'Brella's are selling like syrup-laden hotcakes, and news has it that there is less than one hundred left. So 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 your name on the pre-order list. These things will undoubtedly be worth millions one day. Don't live a lifetime of regret.

Umbrella Experiment

The grand winner of our Blunt + Idealog + Generator umbrella experiment has been announced – congratulations to Bonnie Brown of Studio Bon, who will see her design turned into a limited edition Blunt umbrella. Watch this space for details on how to buy one in the near future, or get your pre-order in now. In the meantime, we chat with Brown and have a closer look at her winning design.

Gratuitous self-promotion

Idealog's Design Series Event is fast approaching, and will feature talks from design deity Peter Haythornthwaite, Method Agency's managing director Sam Ramlu, craftsman, sculptor and educator Carin Wilson, and RCG's associate director Andy Florkowski, as well as live painting from up-and-coming artist Jake Feast, as well as the grand reveal of the winner of our Blunt + Generator Umbrella experiment. With just over a week to go, now is a great time to get tickets.

Vodafone xone innovators series

To mark the arrival of the Vodafone xone business accelerator, Idealog is interviewing a whole heap of established New Zealand innovators, as well as the founders of the 10 startups selected by Vodafone to receive mentorship, funding and the potential benefits of working with a global network. In this episode, Blunt umbrellas co-founder Scott Kington talks with Idealog's editor Henry Oliver.