Upcoming Events

DENFAIR is a contemporary design fair for designers, architects and design professionals held in Melbourne each June.

Thibaud Cau-Cecile, the show’s Co-founder, and DINZ shared the same desire to attract some more shine for New Zealand design at the event. After a year of development, a joint vision is about to be unveiled at DENFAIR next month.

The result is an exciting collective showcase featuring some of New Zealand’s leading furniture designers and artistic collaborators.

The installation is called Palisades designed by James McNab from Think + Shift, and supports works by Nathan Goldsworthy, Tim Webber and a selection of complementary collaborators.

Palisades is an immersive space that drew its inspiration from the fortifications that once protected hillside early settlements throughout New Zealand. The installations curved walls are fabricated from vertically standing tubes, echoing the defences on these ancient sites.

Tim Webber, Tim Webber Design

Nathan Goldsworthy, Goldsworthy Studio

James McNab, Think + Shift

From the outset, the key criteria was to make the installation textural and material- driven. The aim was to design a space that isolated any audible or visual noise from neighbouring exhibitors, enveloping visitors and allowing the featured pieces to have their own moment.

This led to the support of Auckland-based Autex Industries - a specialist acoustics and insulation company, founded in 1967. They provided the high-tech material that cloisters the space, greatly enhancing the immersive experience.

James McNab aptly summed up this showcase of New Zealand talent: "We often think Milan, New York or Shanghai are the main events on the design calendar. But really, DENFAIR is within easy reach to an Australian market of up to 25 million people.” 

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 Dulux 

Methven Global Design & Innovation

Andy Grigor DINZ, Methven Global Design & Innovation

Tūroa Bathroom Collection

Methven set out to understand their customers better than anyone else and embarked on an exploration into daily habits and routines.

They discovered that everyone is different with different habits, routines, and needs.

Inspired to create an experience which adapted to your changing needs or mood, their challenge was not only to create a new experience but also to combine this experience with sustainable water use and manufacturing processes.

Howard Wright

Anthony Bately & Angus Mcleod, Howard Wright

M10 Bed

Three key avoidable harms occur within the medical bed environment: patient falls; pressure injuries and cross infection. The project mission was to design a new bed which reduced the risk of these avoidable harms.

Simply put; Howard Wright had to design the safest medical bed.

MWDesign

Mike Williams PDINZ

Suzie the Pig

Suzi AI Pig is a Clinical skills training manikin configured here to teach artificial insemination techniques.

Practice makes perfect because if you get it wrong, it hurts! A badly inseminated sow won't let anyone inseminate her again, forcing your prize sow to become bacon.

Philbe Design Ltd

Split Credenza

Delicately proportioned, modern in style, with an elegant nod to a more retro era. 

A truly contemporary and functional design which pays respects to traditional craftsmanship.

Designers Speak® Hui is aimed at creating a conversation within the design community.

Diversity and Inclusion — Warren and Mahoney’s Journey to Date

Andrew Tu’inukuafe FDINZ, Principal; Sarah Coleman, Group People & Culture Officer

In 2017, Warren and Mahoney agreed on a new Diversity and Inclusion strategy and has been working to achieve more gender balance in its leadership team and more broadly (along with other diversity goals). 

While Warren and Mahoney recognises there is still a lot more it must do to achieve its ambitions in this area, please come along to hear about the steps they have put in place to become a more diverse and inclusive place to work.

Designers Speak® Hui is aimed at creating a conversation within the design community.

Diversity and Inclusion — Warren and Mahoney’s Journey to Date

Andrew Tu’inukuafe FDINZ, Principal; Sarah Coleman, Group People & Culture Officer

In 2017, Warren and Mahoney agreed on a new Diversity and Inclusion strategy and has been working to achieve more gender balance in its leadership team and more broadly (along with other diversity goals). 

While Warren and Mahoney recognises there is still a lot more it must do to achieve its ambitions in this area, please come along to hear about the steps they have put in place to become a more diverse and inclusive place to work.

DINZ Annual General Meeting 2019

Designers Speak—Across the Ditch is a collaborative event of the Australian Graphic Design Association (AGDA); Design Institute of Australia (DIA) and Designers Institute of New Zealand.

Michaela Webb AGDA

Studio Round

Breaking the wave of disruption

Michaela Webb will walk you through the journey Round took with one of Australia’s largest fund managers. She’ll talk about how, in the face of disruption, a clear strategy, design thinking, and a new collaborative mindset gave them the tools they needed to shift from managing spaces, to creating magnetic places in communities throughout the world. 

Christopher Doyle AGDA

Christopher Doyle & Co.

Front Left Live

Christopher Doyle, Creative Director and Founder of Christopher Doyle & Co. will do a deep dive into the identity and event branding the studio created for Spotify Australia to celebrate the launch of the platforms Front Left playlist. Spanning identity, motion, social and outdoor advertising the talk will look at all aspects of the creative process from brief and ideation through to execution and roll out.

Lucas Brooking AGDA

Buck

The Buck x Nike animation process

An indepth look at my illustration and art direction process from brief to final animation.

Designers Speak—Across the Ditch is a collaborative event of the Design Institute of Australia (DIA); Australian Graphic Design Association (AGDA) and Designers Institute of New Zealand.

Adele Winteridge AGDA

Foolscap Studio  

Champagne Supanova

Our brief was to overhaul the site and create a new brand-immersion across bar, dining, tasting and retail spaces. The idea of alchemy was fundamental to our conceptual framework. The transformation of ordinary base metals into gold: what better metaphor for the magical production of sparkling wine.

Alexander Loterzstain

Derlot  

Why a floating box? 



How to challenge a preconceived idea as a designer with no experience in a niche industry.

Xavier Lifran

Schneider Electric Pacific Design Lab

Commodity is not a fatality

The story of Iconic project, looking at re-inventing the electrical industry that have long been focussed on a functional approach, delivering plain and uniform design.

We will explore the creative journey that the project team has been through to answer a mosaic of expectations, expressing different behaviours with relevant design.

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.

Hosted by Italian Stone and DBJ.

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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