Upcoming Events — 2024

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.

This event is brought to you by Resene


Purple Pin - Graphics

Blunt - Ben Reid, PDINZ & Anthony Hos, DINZ, Milk 
Blunt umbrellas are an award-winning iconic Aotearoa New Zealand product. Beautifully designed, they are a true kiwi innovation. To grow the brand into new international markets the Milk team, Ben & Anthony, worked with Blunt on new design principles of reduction, beauty, confidence, and joy.


Purple Pin - Toitanga

Taumata o Kupe - Nick Dalton, TOA
TOA worked closely with the client and Matua Rereata Makiha (1 of 5 tohunga that know the ancient korero around celestial navigation) to create the iconic urban cultural community hub. This project successfully encapsulates the knowledge and teachings of Mātauranga Māori through visual art and design through a collaborative process between TOA Architects, the clients and key stakeholders.

Nott Architects

Gold Pin - Spatial

Rammed Earth House - Charlie Nott, Nott Architects
The brief was to form a house that was strong but simple in form; merged with the landscape and have a sustainable story. It was to be contemporary but not ostentatious, fitting into its surrounds. Respectful to its environment. Sited to capture the expansive views.

Emerging Designer 2023

Gold Pin - Spatial, Emerging Designer

Thomas Seear-Budd - Thomas Seear-Budd
In 2019 Thomas, alongside his business partner James Ross, established Seear-Budd Ross, a design-focused architecture and interiors studio. In four short years, Thomas has delivered a collection of projects across the country, from private residences and cafes to retail offerings and furniture pieces.