DINZ, and our strategic partners Objectspace, are holding a Masters of Craft exhibition celebrating Peter Haythornthwaite, Fellow of the Designers Institute and ONZM.
The exhibition, Design Generation, honours Peter as a significant design practitioner and industry leader whose enduring impact has reached well beyond New Zealand.
Mike Barrett has a conversation with Peter Haythornthwaite exploring Peter's life and career.
Peter Haythornthwaite 2017 - Photo. David Haythornthwaite
Haythornthwaite has to be viewed as a New Zealand design pioneer. Whether it be medicine, science, art, manufacturing or domestic fields, in todays parlance, much of what he achieved can be described as 'design-led'.
From ideation sketches to form models and working prototypes, Haythornthwaite’s creative process illuminates the professional skill-set of the hands-on pre-computer era.
In 2016 Peter Haythornthwaite was handed a Queens Birthday Honours medal for his services to Design over the last 40 years.
Peter Haythornthwaite led the creativelab design team, and together they designed a helpful tool to those in need. The LOMAK, allowed people with physical disabilities to use a computer without any adaptation or special software. The LOMAK was recognised on an international scale, and received multiple awards, including Gold at the 2007 IDEA(International Design Excellence Awards).
Peter Haythornthwaite with the Wella Hair Steamer, 1981
Oh Ah Stove, 1991. Photo: Neil Liversedge.
Peter's legacy includes a New Zealand design profession emerging from the back room to enlighten the board room. His example-setting and guidance has empowered many to make positive contributions to our fast-changing world.
Michael Barrett is a freelance writer and editor specialising in architecture and design. He will have a chat with Peter Haythornthwaite about his prolific design practice with over forty years experience.
Where: 13 Rose Road, Ponsonby
When: Thursday 26 April
Time: 6pm - 6.30pm Drinks / Nibbles
6.30pm - 8pm Presentation start