Who Won At New Zealand's Best Design Awards 2018

Discover the big product pin winners plus our favourites from this annual event

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BEST OF THE REST

These finalists in the product award category didn’t take home any big prizes, but that doesn’t stop us wanting to take them home ourselves.

1. Citta Melt Candleholder

A finalist in the colour design category, these curvaceous single candle holders, designed by David Moreland and Nikolai Sorensen from the Citta design team, are a stylised, minimal riff on the dripping form of melted wax. The colour palette of pale smoky grey, dusty pink, forest green, black, white and lilac is right on point.

2. Pivot Table by Tim Webber

Auckland-based furniture designer Tim Webber’s striking polished limestone and walnut Pivot table is a hefty living room centrepiece, inspired by Piet Mondrian artworks. In a circular or rectangular version, its clean, minimal lines are almost too lovely to clutter up with magazines and coffee cups (okay, wine glasses).

3. Edition Apartment Furniture

Technically we can’t take this home because it’s a one-off custom commission, but we’ve fallen in love with the furnishings designed by Maggie Carroll and Jessica Barter, of Bureaux Architects, for a Parnell apartment showroom. Fumed oak, marble and aniline leather give the pieces the highest level of luxury.

4. Elizabeth & James Nirvana Perfume Bottles

In six jewel-like shades of glass, with a textured surface and gold accents, these streamlined perfume bottles were designed by New York-based New Zealander Lance McGregor for Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen’s “accessible” (read: less than four figures) label. The fragrances themselves sound dreamy (Amethyst combines tobacco, honeysuckle and cedar, for example) but we’d buy these just for the shelf appeal.

PURPLE PIN — CONSUMER

Turoa bathroom collection, Methven design Team

Sustainability and customisation are at the heart of Methven’s latest bathroomware collection, which combines clean, straightforward design with fully adjustable flow control to reduce water use. The range is manufactured entirely from high-grade stainless steel, which is highly recyclable compared to traditional bathroomware, which is often manufactured from a range of materials that may include chrome-coated plastics.

GOLD PIN — CONSUMER

Allpress X Akita cup, Allpress and Kazuhisa Iwanaga

The takeaway coffee cup has become a symbol of unconscious consumerism — an everyday “luxury” that’s used for a few minutes, then tossed into landfill for centuries. When New Zealand coffee company Allpress was looking for a way to celebrate 30 years of business, their distinctive brown-and-caramel cup was the obvious icon of their brand, but one that had become loaded with implications of environmental strain. To acknowledge this, Allpress’s Rob Lockyer commissioned Arita-based ceramic artist Kazuhisa Iwanaga to create a limited edition reusable porcelain version of the cup, individually moulded, triple-glazed and hand-etched.

SILVER PIN — CONSUMER

Split credenza, Philbe Design

Phil Horner is a clever craftsman, having designed and made everything from classic guitars to flat-pack dining furniture and superyacht cabinetry. His attention to detail and symmetry is evident in the elegant Split credenza, a beautifully assembled piece made from sustainable timber that has more than a note of mid-century modern styling in its form.


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