Design reflects our heritage and identity. So what role does Māoridom play in New Zealand’s design identity? Who is able to do it? What principles need to be abided by? And how does a young country like New Zealand embrace the modern world while retaining its traditions? In part three of a series, we float down the country’s cultural currents with craftsman Carin Wilson and RCG Limited associated director Andy Florkowski and director John Lenihan.
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.