The John Britten Black Pin is the highest award given by the Designers Institute and celebrates outstanding individuals for leadership, vision and achievement in the field of design both nationally and internationally.
This year's John Britten Black Pin recipients Liz and Neville Findlay, founders of Zambesi.
Liz and Neville will talk about their passion for fashion & the journey with their beloved label, staying true to their ethos, going global, and making important strategic decisions that span four decades.
"Flying the flag for New Zealand fashion around the world, Zambesi’s designs have been lauded for its innovation and pioneering a look that’s unique to New Zealand fashion." - Stacy Gregg, VIVA
The John Britten Black Pin will be presented to Liz and Neville Findlay at the Best Design Awards.
Liz and Neville say of their iconic brand: "Zambesi favours the notion of creating enduring clothes for real people where season on season there is a connecting thread tying the dream to reality.”
Brought to you by The Designers Institute of New Zealand, The Best Design Awards is an annual showcase of excellence in graphic, spatial, product, digital and motion design along with three special awards - Value of Design, Public Good and Toitanga.
Different Part of Town, Different Venue & Different Format.
Join us in celebration of New Zealand Design, with the BEST design community...YOU!
The Best Awards 2020 includes drinks, dinner and after party.
Dress Your Best for FRIDAY 13 NOVEMBER 6.30pm at the Aotea Centre:
18.30 - 19.15 Pre drinks
19.30 - 22.00 Kiri Te Kanawa Theatre
22.00 - 1.00 Food Stations / Afterparty
MC - Jesse Mulligan
Beverage service and snack box in the Kiri Te Kanawa Theatre
Food Stations for dinner after the ceremony
Goodie bags by Porters Packaging
Photowall by Autex
DJs - Sweet Mix Kids
This year we won't have a seated dinner at tables.
You will be drinking:
Haze of Our Lives / Hazy Pale Ale: This lightly hazed Pale Ale is packed full of aroma hops. A true to style Hazy with low bitterness and a tropical, juicy fruit aroma.
Polar Beer / Extra Pale Ale: Crisp, easy drinking Pale Ale with a lighter malt base and bright hop character.
Zeffer Cider Co.
RTD Cocktails - Absolut Lime Vodka & Soda
RTD Cocktails - Beefeater Pink Gin & Soda
Brancott Brut Cuvee
Brancott Estate Pinot Gris
Brancott Estate Pinot Noir
Seedlip non alcoholic
Futurity bottled water
Tickets $225 including GST
Ticket sales close 6th November
No refunds after 30th October
The Best Design Awards are a major feature of the local design calendar and some of last year's winners are touring the country to offer first-hand insights into their projects.
Population growth presents Auckland with new challenges and opportunities. High density living for families in the city centre is one of those many challenges. How can Auckland provide more urban amenities for families? Auckland Council and the Waitematā Local Board continue to provide more creative experiences for children living in the Waitematā area.
Rainbow Machine is an immersive experience of natural light that created an interactive play-space for children, an experience that they could discover and visit with their families.
Amanda Gaskin, Tim Donaldson DINZ
Supertrash is a small, family-run collection service with a big purpose; to help divert waste from landfill through circular solutions. This involves repurposing, recycling and reimagining what we do with waste.
A key strategy was to do something that couldn’t be ignored. To truly go against convention and embrace the spirit and energy of this youthful company and act as a beacon for the incredible work they do.
Michael Denton DINZ
The client required a futuristic look while still having a science element.
The Izon Science Automatic Fraction Collector (AFC) is a profound advancement in the isolation and purification of nano-biological particles from biological fluids. The primary target is extracellular vesicles (EVs), which have recently emerged as an important player in intracellular communication.
The AFC is the world’s first instrument developed specifically for the isolation and purification of EVs.
This project enhances access to the water and brings the spirit and ecology of the river (fluid) into a dialogue with the city (grid) where the ecologies of nature, culture, infrastructure and commerce are interwoven at the edge of the Avon - Ōtākaro in Christchurch.
The Terraces precinct redefines the relationship between the city and the river, establishing a new continuous and vibrant edge while the Promenade provides a focal point where the flows of the river, community and commerce come together at the edge of Avon – Ōtākaro in Christchurch.
Daniel Sullivan DINZ, Kate Sullivan
The resulting spaces of Menzies POP! embodies the craft of architecture, bringing joy to the occupants in their everyday living, thus meeting their desire for an enduring family home.
The decision to retain the derelict and “unhealthy” original 1940's cast insitu concrete dwelling, that may have otherwise been demolished, allowed for the creation of a family home that exceeds the level of comfort and performance expectations for today’s modern living.