Upcoming Events

A unique opportunity to have a sneak peek inside some of New Zealand’s best studios and see what goes on behind closed doors.

Open Studio™ at South is a boutique event where Sam and his team open their studio doors to the design community to take a nosey and maybe gain an insight or two into their studio.

Open Studio™ is about creating a place for networking, and getting to know each other through conversations within a smaller networking opportunity.

It is a social event, a chance to relax, sip a drink and share some stories.

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 

Jasmax

Clem Devine & Roberta Johnson

Jasmax Brand Identity

The rebuilt brand identity for Jasmax reflects on their position as a bicultural design company.  It demonstrates their commitment to the Te Ao Māori worldview, expressed through their architectural style that is unique to Aotearoa New Zealand. 

Springload

Dan Newman & Zak Brown

Klim Type Foundry 

Springload designed a website for Klim Type Foundry that would give customers the opportunity to play with their type, test it, and read about it - putting the designer at the heart of the type browsing, buying, and learning experience. 

Tim Denee, Chris McDowall & Massey University College of Creative Arts

Tim Denee, Chris McDowall & Nicola Legat

We Are Here: An Atlas of Aotearoa

We Are Here: An Atlas of Aotearoa is an unconventional atlas which aims to describe the various aspects of Aotearoa through illustrating its diverse culture and deep history.  

Special Group

RUA Bioscience

RUA Bioscience is a Māori owned social-commercial enterprise based in Ruatoria that uses sustainable growing practices to cultivate pharmaceutical-grade cannabis.

Massey University College of Creative Arts

Katie Valentine

Sign of the Times

Sign of the Times is an editorial exploration documenting 2019: year of the climate strike. Designed to provide parents of school strikers with a visceral insight into how their children are illuminating critical, global issues. 

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 

UBCO

Timothy Allan

Generation X5

Lightweight, quiet, with zero emissions during use, the UBCO 2X2 was the world’s first production two-wheel-drive electric motorcycle.

Formway

Kent Parker

noho

The noho chair embodies fundamental values that should exist in every product produced in today's world. Committed to using up-cycled post-consumer plastic waste, it inspires a responsible shift to circular material flows and a move beyond the discomforting ‘make-waste’ model.

Hello Cup

Robyn McLean & Mary Bond

Hello Cup

Traditionally menstrual cups have been in the ugly 'out of sight, out of mind' category when it came to retail - relegated to the bottom shelf.

Hello Cup aims to drive change around how periods are discussed and have driven a campaign to change the conversation to "people with periods" given that a number of people have periods but do not identify as women.  

LandLAB

Ethan Reid

Commercial Bay Sculptural Seat

LandLAB created a family of seating elements for the ‘Sky Terrace’ rooftop space on the podium of the newly completed Commercial Bay tower.

Set against the backdrop of the Waitematā, the concept is informed by visual associations between the islands, mountains and maritime elements upon the harbour.

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 

Cheshire Architects

George Gregory

Waiheke House

Built on a couple of hectares of land located on the furthest reaches of Waiheke Island, Waiheke House was a place designed for entertainers, who desired a space to dine thirty and sleep none of their guests.

Material Creative

Toni Brandso & Liv Patience

Skintopia 

The interior of Skintopia is inspired by the layering of skin- reflected through the chosen colour palette and the use of materials which are reminiscent not only the layering of the skin but also rejuvenation.

Annabel Smart

Emerging Designer

Annabel Smart 

After graduating in 2008 with a Bachelor of Architecture with honours from the Victoria University of Wellington, Annabel worked at architecture firms in Auckland and Melbourne, before establishing her own business in 2015.

Studio 11:11 is a multi-disciplinary design practice, responsible for a range of projects across Australia and New Zealand. These projects include a number of residential projects, a cafe in Sydney, and a yoga studio in Auckland, all jointly run by Annabel and her business partner Marijne Vogel. 

Warren and Mahoney Architects

Scott Compton & Daniel Kempka

MediaWorks Radio Broadcasting HQ

Mediaworks leased 4500m2 in an undeveloped warehouse which would be converted to house their eight radio brands all together for the first time.

Boffa Miskell

Cathy Challinor & Nick Tupara

Puhi Kai Iti - Cook Landing Site

The Puhi Kai Iti project reveals the narratives associated with the first explorers to arrive in New Zealand, while also embedding the legends, history, traditional knowledge and customs of Tangata Whenua.

Kate Pilot Design

Kate Pilot

‘My Laundry Bag’  Laundromat

The purpose of ‘My Laundry Bag’ was to move away from the perception of a traditional laundromat - usually designed purely on function, often dark & run down and instead provide a space that is attractive to come to, while at the same time addressing sustainability. 

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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