Upcoming Events

The Form Forum®️ - Manaaki invites our design leaders and key suppliers to discuss their approach to hospitality and what it means to welcome international and domestic guests to this beautiful country of ours.

Over two sessions we will showcase some unique, creative outcomes that also invoke the idea of how we manaaki the world through the sustainable design and manufacturing, with rich cultural engagement encourages hosts and visitors to act as guardians of land, sea and nature for current and future generations.

The evening will be facilitated by Scott Compton, DINZ  , Warren &and Mahoney.

Space Studio

Cordis Hotel

David Sweatman, PDINZ, presents on the Cordis Hotel.

Cordis opened its new 17-storey Pinnacle Tower last December, becoming New Zealand’s largest hotel by room count (over 600) including 244 new rooms and suites, executive lounge, character bar, event space and refurbishment to existing restaurants, reception, spa and a new VIP lobby.   

Key for the owners was that the hotel reflected the values of the Cordis brand, which has its focus on an international luxury traveller, families, well being and regional and local context.  Another challenge for the interiors and architecture was creating a balance of how the new tower interior would relate to the existing classical orientation of the hotel interiors while also elevating the hotel experience to respond more closely with the local context. 

The project is a collaboration between architecture and interiors, mana whenua and industry, local and international hospitality, new and old and light and dark.  Interior Design lead David Sweatman explains the process of a journey that started 6 years ago for Space Studio and how the establishment of a narrative will continue to inform the operation and development into the future.

Material Creative

Naumi Wellington

Toni Brandso, PDINZ, & Liv Patience PDINZ present on Naumi Wellington.

Resene

Bremworth

Creating sustainable value

Dean Chandler - GM New Zealand and Australia Sales, Bremworth, presents 'Creating sustainable value'

A brave call allowed us to hone our craft of making wool carpets and rugs for a brighter tomorrow.

The Form Forum®️ - Manaaki invites our design leaders and key suppliers to discuss their approach to hospitality and what it means to welcome international and domestic guests to this beautiful country of ours.

Over two sessions we will showcase some unique, creative outcomes that also invoke the idea of how we manaaki the world through the sustainable design and manufacturing, with rich cultural engagement encourages hosts and visitors to act as guardians of land, sea and nature for current and future generations.

The evening will be facilitated by Scott Compton, DINZ  , Warren &and Mahoney.

Bossley Architects

Park Hyatt Hotel

Peter Sisam, Bossley Archtects presents Park Hyatt.

A design team that spans the globe come together to collaborate on the Park Hyatt, a luxury 5-star international hotel with roots in Aotearoa, crafted onto Auckland's waterfront.

Milliken

A Holistic View on Sustainability of Materials

James Mufla, Creative Director, will talk about why it is imperative for manufacturers to reduce their environmental impact and create better opportunities for the communities they work in. In this session Milliken-Ontera will go through their design philosophy, product transparency and how it is positively impacting the community.

Cheshire Architects

The Hotel Britomart

Dajiang Tai, Cheshire Architects, presents The Hotel Britomart.

In order to design and create a new type of experience, we felt like we had to step into an unknown territory. There are no short cuts or prescribed pathways to follow.We found that by doing so, the entire project team will be reaching for perfection as there is no reference or benchmark as to what result should be like. There is beauty in that.

Autex Industries

Manaaki in everything we do.

Jonathan Mountfort & Marcel Herbke will present the Autex interpretation of Manaaki. Using metaphors to explain their inclusive design process. Presenting insights into the thinking behind some of their bespoke projects.

And as always a couple of yarns & a few tangents.

Italian Stone

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 Moving Image along with three special awards - Value of Design, Public Good and Toitanga.

You will enjoy the beautiful welcomings from mana whenua Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei, the SEVEN movie intro to the campaign and each of the award categories delivered by the wonderful bi-lingual Jennifer Ward-Lealand.

Join us in celebration of New Zealand Design, with the BEST design community...YOU!

The Best Awards 2022 includes drinks, catering and after party.

Dress Your Best for FRIDAY 7th OCTOBER 6.30pm at the Aotea Centre:

Dress your best on Friday 7th October 2022 and see you at Aotea Centre!

18.30 - 19.10 Pre drinks
19.30 - 22.30 Kiri Te Kanawa Theatre
22.30 - 1.00 Afterparty

MC
Jennifer Ward-Lealand

Pre-Drinks
DJ Jaimie Webster Haines

On the Main Stage
Live Nathan Haines Jazz Quartet

After Party DJs
DJ & Live Frank Booker / Nathan Haines
Saxophonist
Sweet Mix Kids

Goodie bags by Porters Packaging
Selfie Photowall 

Event Night Dietary Requirements
If you are going to attend the awards night, please email bestawards@dinz.org.nz any dietary requirements you may have so we can inform our caterers ahead of the night.

Tickets $265 including GST
Ticket sales close 30th September
No refunds after 23rd September

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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