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Presenting NZ’s best new furniture in the 2016 Design Awards

Article by Home Magazine

HOME magazine’s annual awards shine the spotlight on New Zealand’s best new furniture and lighting designs. Introducing the finalists and winners of the 2016 Design Awards

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The 2016 Design Awards showcase

Every year HOME magazine showcases New Zealand’s best new furniture and lighting in its annual Design Awards in conjunction with Fisher & Paykel.


Winner: ‘Volley’ chair for Resident.


The winner

‘Volley’ chair by Jamie McLellan for Resident

The ‘Volley’ chair for Resident is “a playful piece” with a curvaceous internal shell made from three pieces of plywood. ‘Volley’ is designed for domestic and residential settings and has two base options – wooden legs or a swivelling upholstered pedestal.

‘Volley’ chair for Resident, $1450  (with fabric base) from Simon James Design,


‘Voie’ light series by Sabine Marcelis.



‘Voie’ light series by Sabine Marcelis

New Zealand-raised and Rotterdam-based designer Sabine Marcelis’s ‘Voie’ light series is made from cast polyester resin that diffuses the light path and uses the light source to enhance the colour properties of the resin.

‘Voie’ light series, POA from Studio Sabine Marcelis,


‘Cloak Cabinet’ by Emma Fox Derwin.



‘Cloak Cabinet’ by Emma Fox Derwin

The ‘Cloak Cabinet’ proposes a new way of thinking about flat-pack design, its materials, aesthetics, assembly and usability, says Wellington-based designer Emma Fox Derwin. The cabinet explores the concept of “clothing an object”, with doors replaced by textile-based magnetic ‘cloaks’. The modular piece can be used as shelving, with or without the cloaks, in residential and commercial environments.

‘Cloak Cabinet’, POA from Studio Emma Fox,


‘RD Bar Stool’ by Douglas and Bec.



‘RD Bar Stool’ by Douglas and Bec

Frustrated by a dearth of well-designed bar stools, yet their prominence in the modern dining experience, Rebecca Dowie created the ‘RD Bar Stool’. The stool is hand made in simply dressed American oak.

‘RD Bar Stool’, $795 from Douglas and Bec,


‘Helix’ table by David Moreland.



‘Helix’ table by David Moreland

With its intriguing form, the ‘Helix’ table uses repetition to engage the eye. With its glass top, the asymmetric nature of the base becomes visible from every angle. Despite precise engineering, Moreland says there’s still softness to the design. The base is available in black or white matt powdercoat and can be paired with either a clear or smoke-grey glass, or oak plywood.

‘Helix’ table, from $2375 from David Moreland Design,


‘Aleni’ recliner by David Trubridge.



‘Aleni’ recliner by David Trubridge

A sculptural outdoor recliner, ‘Aleni’ was developed as a concept piece for the American Hardwood Export Council (AHEC). Predominantly driven by the nature of the material, the design also relates to earlier pieces by Trubridge, such as ‘Body Raft’.

‘Aleni’, POA from David Trubridge,


‘Fin’ pendant by Tim Webber.



‘Fin’ pendant by Tim Webber

The jewel-like droplets of the ‘Fin’ pendant are offset by opaque acrylic against a solid 6mm metal ‘fin’. Press-formed acrylic achieves a light-diffusing characteristic and the distinctive ‘fin’ is the result of this confining parameter.

‘Fin’ pendant, $1150 from Tim Webber Design,


‘Herringbone’ vase by Phil Cuttance.



‘Herringbone’ vase by Phil Cuttance

Despite the hi-fi look of his visually complex work, London-based New Zealand product designer Phil Cuttance is known for approaching his designs using lo-fi techniques. In fact, each three-sided ‘Herringbone’ vase is hand crafted and cast in his London studio. The process of making the ‘Herringbone’ is an evolution of the designer’s ‘Faceture’ vases of 2012, which are created using a series of moulds.

‘Herringbone’ vase, $415 (plus shipping) from Phil Cuttance,

Styling by: Catherine Wilkinson and Shani Luckman. Photography by: Toaki Okano.

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