Upcoming Events

The Form Forum® is a series of events that presents topics of interest for spatial designers including tools and tips that keep you informed and up to date on the latest design trends and best industry practice, presented in an informal environment.

Paul Nannestad, Ambitec

Ambitec crafts high end commercial and residential interior polished plaster finishes that are enduring and beautiful in their simplicity.
Through various degrees of polishing, each finish can be honed to enrich and deepen the depth of colour and texture, adding visual movement across the surface where the space demands it.
Available in three bespoke finishes: Ambitec Suave, Ambitec Tierrafino and Ambitec Bone China, Paul will discuss how each has evolved and is handcrafted to suit the needs of the client and the demands of the space.

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Jimmy Simmons, VidaSpace

VidaSpace is a young New Zealand design brand importing an exciting collection of European and North American crafted timbers. From smoked to reclaimed to engineered, they will explain what the craft processes are, the qualities and uses of each type of wood, and the range of finishing options – from white wax and UV oiling to hand-scraping and pitting. VidaSpace partner with global leaders in wood flooring and crafted timbers, including Havwoods (UK) and Northern Wide Plank (Canada).

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Paul Walkinton, DBJ Furniture

The Craft Of Custom Cabinetry

DBJ will delve into the world of complete custom cabinetry and how the integration of different materials in a detailed manner is critically important to the finish product. Cabinetry and interior design and fitout are the final pieces of all builds - often at a time when budgets are becoming constrained – they are, of course,  what is presented to the eye in perpetuity. In addition to discussions on quality finishes and precise detailing DBJ will discuss something which should be dear to the heart of all in the industry – longevity and look at how different construct materials and methodology can create long lasting masterpieces.

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Best Week

The lead up to our most prestigious night of the year is the ideal time to bring the design community together to reflect and connect. During Best Week we hold a series of events that build towards the industry's big night out at the Best Design Awards.

Designers Speak®

The more we talk about design in New Zealand, the more robust the conversation becomes. Our Designers Speak events give our members the chance to hear top designers sharing insights into their work.

Designers Speak® Across the Ditch

Great design can flow both ways across the ditch. This event encourages that trans-Tasman design dialogue, and is a collaboration between the Australian Graphic Design Association (AGDA) and DINZ.

Folio Night

Supported by design schools and studios, Folio Night is an initiative from the DINZ Student Council. Each event is a prestigious opportunity for nominated students to present their work for discussion and critique.

No Borders

Good design can transcend geography’s barriers. And many inquisitive and ambitious New Zealand designers have made the brave and uncertain move of shifting overseas. At No Borders, they return home to share what they have learned.

Open Studio™

We all have a natural curiosity about the spaces in which designers create. Open Studio offers a rare opportunity to enter these private worlds, and see the inner workings of some of New Zealand's best studios.

Pixel to Product

With digital technology, design is in a state of constant change. This event series gives designers a forum to discuss how this impacts on their innovation process; how they push ideas from the abstract into the real; and on how quickly they bring products to market.

The Form Forum®

This series of informal events is primarily a forum for spatial designers to meet and share insights. A broad range of relevant topics are presented and discussed including useful tools and tips, the latest design trends and best industry practice.

The Graphics Forum

This series of informal events is primarily a forum for graphic designers to meet and share insights. A broad range of relevant topics are presented and discussed including useful tools and tips, the latest design trends and best industry practice.

The Product Forum

This series of informal events is primarily a forum for product designers to meet and share insights. A broad range of relevant topics are presented and discussed including useful tools and tips, the latest design trends and best industry practice.

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