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Continuing their involvement with the young designers of the future; Douglas and Bec have joined AUT University to mentor and set a design challenge for their Industrial Design and Innovation students. This year their brief was to “conceptualise a small furniture or lighting piece that allows the material used to be at the forefront. Students chose from timber, glass and metals but had to combine at least two materials in the final product. This investigation challenged the students to explore different methodologies of production while exploring the properties and temperament of the materials”.
You can view the impressive results of the challenge here – but in this post we are celebrating the winners!
Above are the Salt and Pepper Mills by Kelly-Anne Keach who was not only selected as one of the three top designers but also took out the People Choice Award.
Praveer Srivastava created a clever AND beautiful “Micropod” – a hydroponic planter for your daily greens and designer; Mackenzie Living produced “Tim” ….I think my personal favourite!
The “Material Matters” exhibition runs from November 5 – 17 at AUT’s Art and Design Building on St Paul Street.Imagery courtesy of Douglas and Bec
I’m pretty into go-getters … especially creative go-getters, which is why I jumped at the chance to check out the set up of an exciting 3 day pop up shop presenting the work of thirteen designers. As part of the AUT Shapeshifting Conference; Creative Common Occupation has taken over the terrific first floor space of the Cross Street Gallery in Newton (Auckland) to collectively share their work spanning from clothing and accessories to print, illustration and film. All high quality locally made products from designers at the bright beginning of their careers.
Despite capturing some of the team in the flurry of their set up, I could still sense the excitement of those involved and I for one was feeling it too!
I would highly recommend a visit if you are in Auckland over the next three days and ALL of you, despite location, would enjoy the insights into each designer on their Facebook page as well as this great styled shoot bringing together much of the work that is part of the event.
Scroll to bottom for poster of location and hours.All photography above by Julia Atkinson for Studio Home
I’ve become pretty attached to this project after following this gang of smart young architecture students and their process from conception, design, problem solving, model making and finally full scale set up! (click here to get the background on what I am talking about!)
Last Friday they had access to the cavernous and white Flying Fish Studio where for the first time they could assemble the final product of months of work. I was LOVING it!!! Throughout the day they had boyfriends, family and friends dropping by to help and have a turn arranging the poles in whatever way they wanted.
The pictures show the scope of their installation – which from today until Sunday the 13th will be available for the public to visit and interact with at the “Here Now: re imagining New Lynn” event as part of the the Auckland Heritage Festival. The team went to a HUGE amount of effort and kudos to their sponsors for supporting their ambitious idea. Film maker Ben Carter donated his time to film the set up and the result is awesome – definitely a good watch if you are wondering what this whole project equals when humans are involved!
To follow on from the first post and introduction of architecture student group; “Fifth” last month – I paid them another visit on Friday to check out their projects progress. (If it’s a total mystery as to what I am talking about I’d suggest you quickly refresh yourself with their work here.)
They continued brainstorming, model making and sussing out how to “life size” their concept and then last week launched into the fabrication mode in the Auckland University’s Architecture School workshop. As you can see in the images below, nice shoes and nail polish don’t stop these girls from a little hardwork!! Impressively they also took on sourcing sponsorship with gusto and their success to date has them producing their installation on a massive scale! (of which I will share next week!)
As always I got totally swept up in the enthusiasm and unbridaled creativity that seems to live permanently on campus! The team took me through the workshop and explained their plans which are now all full steam a head with just 1.5 weeks until installation on site in New Lynn for the Auckland Heritage Festival.
Scroll to the bottom of the post for one SENSATIONAL way to win annnnnd support their project!
At just $5 a “ticket” you can support the team by putting yourself in the draw to win a haul of INCREDIBLE goodies from the brands above!
Check out the full prize list here and enter as many times as you like!
In addition to the very generous donations from the brands above the team has also received great sponsorship from:
From left to right: Libby Morgan 23, Naomi Steele 20, Liz Acland 20, Sophie Boberg 21, Hana Greer 19.
I have wanted to include student work on Studio Home for agggeeessss and finally I have a cool series of posts lined up which follows an exciting and large scale project from that group of young second year Architecture students above!
As part of the Auckland Heritage Festival, 28 groups of students at the Auckland School of Architecture have been challenged with a variety of projects around re igniting the suburb of New Lynn. They were given the opportunity to ride the train to the end of the line and explore the area which was once one of New Zealands most prolific industrial zones producing; amongst other things – cork, bricks and Crown Lynn Pottery. The area is now ear tagged for intensive housing and development as a major transport and commuter hub – but needs a bit of life injected!
So yesterday I had the opportunity to head onto campus and meet the group of young savvy women collaborating under the moniker; fifth and check out the concept they were forming around the theme of “Here + Now”.
Under the watchful eye of their tutors/architects; Hamish Stirrat and Richie Pearce of Fabricate the girls began by exploring a New Lynn demolition yard to learn about the materials used in the area over the years. Here they took huge inspiration in the actual way the materials were stored – it was the patterns that got them thinking (Eg. rows and rows of neatly stacked but decaying doors etc). By the time I caught up with them they were essentially half way through their project but very much following the tried and true design process of drawing, making, experimenting, failing, re-inventing and essentially feeling their way from raw idea to a complete and tight concept.
Not shying away from getting their hands dirty or operating what I think looks like pretty initimidating machinery (!!) they worked hard to complete their first working model to present to a panel of judges last Friday. “The Jury” was made up of NZ architects Craig Moller, Charles Walker, David Shepard, Kate Rogan and world renown duo Tezuka Architects who are currently guests of the University.
Now they are refocussing on how to transform their small model into a life size experience including developments to make it interactive and attractive for humans. All teams are also responsible for fully funding their projects- a pretty interesting task but most definitely a good one to throw at students who will be limited by budgets the majority of their working life as designers. So their concept will grow as their sponsorship hunt progresses.Photos supplied and by Julia Atkinson for Studio Home.
I’ll admit I get a huge buzz from getting a peek into student life – all that amazing creative talent getting flung around!! I’ll be back to visit the team in early October during their fabrication phase (can’t wait to see what they arrive at!) and again during installation and the opening of their project for the festival.
You can follow fifth and check out a short vid of their working model over at their tumblr.