For its attendees, New Zealand Fashion Week is a treat of runway shows, goodie bags, and seasonal sneak peeks. Yet for the designers, it means weeks of stressful planning for what is essentially an hour of production. We spoke to Trelise Cooper about her decision to partake in New Zealand Fashion Week this year, rather than hold her own Theatre of Fashion, and all the stress that comes along with it.
New Zealanders are well known to be lovers of design, so it’s no surprise that the country’s second Festival of Architecture has pulled out all the stops. From laneway design competitions, to speed dating an architect about your budding design idea, to ‘flash’ exhibitions in elevators and lobbies, there is a lot on offer – and most of the events are free. Read on for a breakdown of what to expect.
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.
Perception is everything in business. And perceptions are shaped by what people experience in the real world and by what they see and hear in the media. As we’ve seen with recent political events, feelings regularly trump facts, so the Idea Log, Idealog's spirit 'animal', is back again with some suggestions on how to gain attention and create positive perceptions of your brand.
Regenerate Christchurch has released its plan to redesign the quake-damaged centre of the Christchurch city – Cathedral Square – to the public. It says its aim is to ensure the space is transformed from being seen as “damaged and uninviting” and returned to its original purpose – a gathering place for locals and visitors alike.
Peter Haythornthwaite – industrial and creative design deity, Designers Institute of New Zealand fellow, owner of an ONZM for services to design, and current exhibitor of his life’s work at Objectspace Gallery in Auckland – knows things, loves things, predicts things, worries about things and improves things. In part four, here are five things he wishes New Zealand would do to support the design sector.
Peter Haythornthwaite – industrial and creative design deity, Designers Institute of New Zealand fellow, owner of an ONZM for services to design, and current exhibitor of his life’s work at Objectspace Gallery in Auckland – knows things, loves things, predicts things, worries about things and improves things. In part one, here's five things he wishes he knew before he started a career in design.
Paul Brislen is a technology commentator, communicator, journalist and past Chief Executive of the Telecommunications Users Association of NZ. He joins New Zealand judging panel of this year’s James Dyson Award, a competition that celebrates and inspires the next generation of designers and engineers. Here he muses on why we need to innovate and our strengths and weaknesses in this area.