Design Generation

Peter Haythornthwaite c.1980 with his är’ti-fakt-s FlipFile


Design Generation: How Peter Haythornthwaite shaped New Zealand’s design-led enterprise
 written by Michael Smythe, has just gone to print.  With an introduction and interview by Michael Barrett, this book tells the story of one of New Zealand’s most influential industrial designers. Spanning five decades, Design Generation documents the development of Haythornthwaite’s career as a designer through his education, employment and private practices and his notable contribution to the wider field of design as an industry leader.  Vivid case studies of Haythornthwaite’s work illustrate the extraordinary breadth of design projects he developed, many of which will be familiar for the reader.

It will be launched with an exhibition in March 2018 as part of Objectspace’s Masters of Craft series, Design Generation charts the development and maturation of industrial design as a discipline in New Zealand along with the increasingly globalised forces that have influenced the way things are designed, produced and consumed in this part of the world.

200 pages – fully illustrated, hard-bound, 245x245mm

ISBN  978 0 994 13069 3  (March 2018)

 

CARBON EMPIRE
Allan McDonald

Carbon Empire works in the space between art and documentary photography.

It combines a short series of staged photographs of a ‘man in the street’ made in 1997 with images of closed petrol stations photographed between 2003 and 2017.

Carbon Empire is a juxtaposition of these two series of photographs and a single image, made by chance in 2002.

The closed petrol stations reflect the effects of petroleum law changes across New Zealand. In 1988, the petroleum sector became deregulated, with the large international wholesalers able to control pricing at both refinery and pump. The small independent … Continue reading

DYNAMO HUM

By Denys Watkins
Foreword by Matt Blomeley
Essays by Anna Miles and Francis McWhannell
Conversation with Allan Smith and Denys Watkins

Published by Rim Books in association with Bath Street Arts Trust.

Design by Index – Jonty Valentine

DYNAMO HUM is an artist book by Denys Watkins, featuring his paintings from 2004 to 2016.

Denys is a highly respected New Zealand contemporary artist. A long serving teacher of thirty-one years at Elam School of Fine Arts that, in 2011, he left to pursue full-time studio art practice.

Here he turns his multifaceted interests to creating … Continue reading

WHENUA FONUA ‘ENUA

Benjamin Work with photographs by Brendan Kitto
Interview with Benjamin Work by Giles Peterson

Published by Rim Books in association with Uxbridge Art & Culture.

Early Polynesian navigators gave names to the places they encountered as a reminder of the spiritual threshold between creation and reality. This was because they regarded the ideas of geographic and spiritual origin as mutually similar. Whenua Fonua ‘Enua explores the significance of name and place and the importance of these indicators that connect us to our past and highlight the characteristics of our present. Through new paintings and this companion publication in … Continue reading

BARRY BRICKELL READER: SELECTED ‘WRERTINGS’, MEDITATIONS, OUTBURSTS, DECREES AND DIVERSIONS

Edited by Gregory O’Brien
Photographs by Haruhiko Sameshima
Afterword by David Craig

Published by Steele Roberts Aotearoa in association with Rim Books.

Rim Books is absolutely ecstatic to be associated with publishing this book of ‘wrertings’ by the maverick New Zealand artist Barry Brickell.

Known for his decades of pottery making and mountain railway in Coromandel, he has dedicated his life to ceaseless art-making of all kinds. Less known but perhaps more revealing of his inner workings, are his passions for writing and reading, … Continue reading