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Modern Revivals: Contemporary New Zealand Furniture

Past Exhibition
13 Dec 2014 – 22 Mar 2015
Free

Installation view. Photograph: John Lake

Installation view. Photograph: John Lake

Simon James, Pick Up Sticks Chair, 2014. Oak, upholstery. Courtesy of Simon James Design

Simon James, Pick Up Sticks Chair, 2014. Oak, upholstery. Courtesy of Simon James Design

Tréology, Haast Credenza, 2014

Tréology, Haast Credenza, 2014

Designtree, Frankie Floorlamp, 2013. American ash timber, polyester felt shade

Designtree, Frankie Floorlamp, 2013. American ash timber, polyester felt shade

Designtree, Chamfer Coffee Table, 2014. American ash timber, matt white high presure laminate, formica

Designtree, Chamfer Coffee Table, 2014. American ash timber, matt white high presure laminate, formica

Fitzsimons, Éan Chair, 2014. Form pressed veneer in a black stained ash finish, black powder coated steel frame

Fitzsimons, Éan Chair, 2014. Form pressed veneer in a black stained ash finish, black powder coated steel frame

Installation view. Photograph: John Lake

Installation view. Photograph: John Lake

Installation view. Photograph: John Lake

Installation view. Photograph: John Lake

Installation view. Photograph: John Lake

Installation view. Photograph: John Lake

Installation view. Photograph: John Lake

Installation view. Photograph: John Lake

Installation view. Photograph: John Lake

Installation view. Photograph: John Lake

Installation view. Photograph: John Lake

Installation view. Photograph: John Lake

Installation view. Photograph: John Lake

Installation view. Photograph: John Lake

Modern Revivals features award winning furniture by New Zealand designers who draw inspiration from the sleek lines of modernist twentieth century design, while addressing twenty-first century values such as comfort, space and financial constraints and the environment.

Working within a competitive market, New Zealand furniture designers sit in-between companies who mass produce and crafts-people who create one off pieces. Their furniture is designed to be of high quality, to complement what we might already treasure, and is often produced sustainably in respect of dwindling natural resources.

Modern Revivals highlights how good design can add value to our day to day living, celebrating the pleasure we receive from the beauty of a well-crafted object. A reflection on the inspiration and processes that inform the development of a piece of furniture, these are the design treasures that will transcend generations.

Modern Revivals will feature over 20 pieces of furniture including work by Simon James, Nathan Goldsworthy, Designtree, Well-Groomed-Fox, David Moreland, Douglas and Bec, Clark Bardsley, Timothy John, Tréology, Tim Webber, Candywhistle, Jamie McLellan, Duncan Sargent, Y.S Collective and Fitzsimons.