Upcoming Events

The Best Awards 2018 ceremony will be held at The Viaduct Events Centre. Includes dinner, drinks and after party. Dress your Best!

Jeremy Corbett will be your MC for the evening.

Bookings are seated together on tables of 10 or up to 12 guests.
No refunds after the 7th September.
Please let the Best team know of any SPECIAL DIETARY REQUESTS at z

VENUE
Viaduct Event Centre
Halsey Street
Auckland

PROGRAMME
18.30 – 19.15: Drinks and reception
19.30 – 22.30: Dinner and awards ceremony 
22.30 – 01.30: After-party & DJ's

Beverages
Panhead
Supercharger APA
Quickchange XPA
Port Road Pilsner

Cocktails by Scapegrace and NO UGLY
Cucumber Rumba
Ginger Ninja
*Innocent Pagacking providing cocktail cups and Full Circle compost bins

Bubbles
Newmarket Liquorland, Lindauer Brut

Wine for dinner
SOHO Gen-Y Bobby Pinot Noir
SOHO Gen-Y Ziggy Pinot Gris

DJs
DJ Sal Valentine
DJs CLICK - Dick Johnson & Anna Coddington
DJs Sweet Mix Kids

Picture Perfect
Photobooth

OUR BEST PARTNERS
Platinum Partners
Better by Design 
BJ Ball Papers
Fisher & Paykel Appliances
HP New Zealand
Logick Print
SMP Solutions

Gold Partners
AUT
Autex
Central Innovation
Department of Internal Affairs
homestyle
Les Mills International
Massey University College of Creative Arts 
VidaSpace

Silver Partners
ATEED
Dulux
ECC
Idealog
Italian Stone
Panhead
Portfolio Recruitment

SPONSORS for STUDENT PRIZES
Blender
Custance
Milk
Motion Sickness
Pitch

If you have a question call 09 523 1407 / 027 473 2399 or email to 

Johnson McKay from Fly gives students the chance to gain insight into his work and his journey getting to where he is today.

Open to AUT students. 

There has been a conversation on social media and within the design community on the importance of diverse and inclusive representation in our industry.

The Designers Institute of New Zealand invites the design community to join us and help determine the best way to effect change and move forward as a collective.

Facilitator: Trish Lui, Catalyst Pacific Ltd.

Workshop One
Date: Tuesday 9th October 
Time: 7pm - 9pm
Venue: Warren & Mahoney Architects
139 Pakenham Street West
Auckland

Workshop Two
Date: Thursday 11th October 
Time: 7pm - 9pm
Venue: City Gallery
Wellington

Workshop Three
Date: Wednesday 17th October 
Time: 7pm - 9pm
Venue: Warren & Mahoney Architects
254 Montreal Street
Christchurch

There has been a conversation on social media and within the design community on the importance of diverse and inclusive representation in our industry.

We now have a workshop date for Wellington, as below, for the design community to join us and help determine the best way to effect change and move forward as a collective.

Facilitator: Trish Lui, Catalyst Pacific Ltd.

Workshop Two
Date: Thursday 11th October 
Time: 7pm - 9pm
Venue: City Gallery
Wellington

There has been a conversation on social media and within the design community on the importance of diverse and inclusive representation in our industry.

We now have a date for Christchurch, as below, for the design community to join us and help determine the best way to effect change and move forward as a collective.

Facilitator: Trish Lui, Catalyst Pacific Ltd.

Workshop Three
Date: Wednesday 17th October 
Time: 7pm - 9pm
Venue: Warren & Mahoney Architects
254 Montreal Street
Christchurch

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.

Richard Thorburn, ECC Ltd

Mark Kessner, Ecubed

Richard Wahl, Real I.T Limited

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

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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