Tag: Auckland

Converge

Reviews/Reports 20.11.10

I recently attended “Converge”, the AUT Product Design grad show, and wrote it up for Design Droplets.
Shown above is Jana Durdevic’s lovely kiwifruit packaging for Zespri.  It’s great to see another crop of keen young Kiwi designers coming through.

Quotidian

Reviews/Reports 10.05.10

Chuffed to be participating in this show, curated by Matt Blomeley for Objectspace.

From the press release:

“Quotidian (def: everyday, commonplace) invites 11 New Zealand designers to talk about examples of everyday design, uncovering how design ideas are recycled, leveraged, refined and can in turn inspire new design. Using the exhibition as a forum for designers to think globally while advancing local design discourse, each participant will showcase an everyday design object alongside an object of their own design and write about their understandings – and discoveries – brought about through considering the vices and virtues of “everyday” objects.”

MOAD Christmas Sale

Reviews/Reports 08.12.09

Here comes this year’s Ministry of Art and Design Christmas sale!

I’ll be there with a couple of new gift size pieces and so will a whole bunch of Auckland’s best designers.

Saturday 12th December 11am-2pm

Trinity Methodist Church Hall

400 New North Rd

Kingsland

Jamie Mclellan at Objectspace

Reviews/Reports 24.11.09

Twig Coatstand by Jamie Mclellan, image credit Flash Studios.

I recently finished working with Matt Blomeley to set up an exhibition for Jamie Mclellan in the Vault at Objectspace gallery.  The show features some of his work for Tom Dixon as well as recent work for Fletcher Systems and Simon James’ new label Resident.

From The Media Release:

Designer Jamie McLellan says “over the years I have learned to live with and celebrate my inner engineer. More and more I am finding the beauty of an object lies in its engineering, how it’s put together. I find both a purity in exposing this and at the same time a higher a level of detail being possible without the need for anything superflous.”

More here: Offshore: Jamie Mclellan

What: Offshore: Jamie McLellan
Where: Objectspace, 8 Ponsonby Rd, Auckland.
When: Exhibition runs until 19 December 2009.
Gallery hours: Tues – Sat, 10am – 5pm. Free admission.


Of Its Time

Reviews/Reports 04.09.09

Of Its Time Flyer

My work is influenced by form, landscape, Elizabeth’s library, the shape of the city, growth, movement, the poetry of materials, conversation and sometimes, the economy!  My work for “Of Its Time” is driven by the necessity of using resources at hand: materials gleaned from my day job and the skills of my friends and family.  Thanks Amazon and Emma!

http://moadakl.wordpress.com

http://depotartspace.co.nz

Edward Barber

Reviews/Reports 02.04.09

BOBench by you.

English designer Edward Barber recently flew into Auckland on a whirlwind visit to judge this year’s HOME New Zealand Design Awards. As part of his trip he gave two short lectures at Te Tuhi gallery in Pakuranga. I caught the second lecture where he spoke about a number of his projects with studio partner Jay Osgerby.

In describing BarberOsgerby’s design process he stressed their avoidance of computers in the early stages of the design process. He said they prefer the freedom of sketching and modelmaking to bring concepts to life, though they do use CAD in the later stages of product development.

Barber also explained the studio’s new modernist style, saying they try to create products which achieve a kind of timelessness through clear functionality and simplicity of form. He spoke against the swathe of ‘one trick pony’ designs – those eliciting an initial wave of interest then rapidly become last year’s thing – which are very ‘now’ at so many European design schools.

I spoke to him briefly after the lecture, and asked how he had managed the transition from graduate to succesful designer.  He reassuringly told me how he and Osgerby had also graduated during an economic downturn and had spent a couple of years in relative poverty – before of course being spotted by Giulio Cappellini.