Urbis Designday 2013: collaborations revealed

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MC Jon Bridges entertains guests in the warm up to the Urbis Designday announcement.

MC Jon Bridges entertains guests in the warm up to the Urbis Designday announcement. Image: Jeremy Toth

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The launch event for Urbis Designday 2013, at Citizen Park in Kingsland, Auckland.

The launch event for Urbis Designday 2013, at Citizen Park in Kingsland, Auckland. Image: Jeremy Toth

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Naming sponsor MINI is teaming up with design studio Switch for Urbis Designday 2013.

Naming sponsor MINI is teaming up with design studio Switch for Urbis Designday 2013. Image: Jeremy Toth

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Urbis Designday 2013's theme is a 'Journey of Connections'.

Urbis Designday 2013’s theme is a ‘Journey of Connections’. Image: Jeremy Toth

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Guests enjoyed an early morning Caffe L'affare coffee served from a cart at the venue.

Guests enjoyed an early morning Caffe L’affare coffee served from a cart at the venue. Image: Jeremy Toth

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Launch partner Caffe L'affare was a hit with  guests.

Launch partner Caffe L’affare was a hit with guests. Image: Jeremy Toth

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A glass or two of Pol Roger champagne to toast the launch of the eighth Urbis Designday.

A glass or two of Pol Roger champagne to toast the launch of the eighth Urbis Designday. Image: Jeremy Toth

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Mac from Matter architects.

Mac from Matter architects. Image: Jeremy Toth

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A preview of the inside of one of Auckland's coolest new venues, Citizen Park, designed by ctrl space.

A preview of the inside of one of Auckland’s coolest new venues, Citizen Park, designed by ctrl space. Image: Jeremy Toth

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Sonia Collie from Auckland's Paterson bathrooms.

Sonia Collie from Auckland’s Paterson bathrooms. Image: Jeremy Toth

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Heather Odgen-Handa of ECC Lighting + Furniture.

Heather Odgen-Handa of ECC Lighting + Furniture. Image: Jeremy Toth

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Breakfast bites and Pol Roger champagne were served at the morning launch event.

Breakfast bites and Pol Roger champagne were served at the morning launch event. Image: Jeremy Toth

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Roberta Thornley from Simon Devitt Photography.

Roberta Thornley from Simon Devitt Photography. Image: Jeremy Toth

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MINI Brand Manager Simonne Mearns.

MINI Brand Manager Simonne Mearns. Image: Jeremy Toth

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Landscape design team Kate and Mark Frazerhurst share a laugh.

Landscape design team Kate and Mark Frazerhurst share a laugh. Image: Jeremy Toth

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Adrian McNaught, Will Taylor and Rachel Dawkins of Matter are collaborating with Resene for Urbis Designday 2013.

Adrian McNaught, Will Taylor and Rachel Dawkins of Matter are collaborating with Resene for Urbis Designday 2013. Image: Jeremy Toth

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Avril Robinson of Paterson bathrooms.

Avril Robinson of Paterson bathrooms. Image: Jeremy Toth

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The staff t-shirts for Kingsland's newest bar and eatery, Citizen Park.

The staff t-shirts for Kingsland’s newest bar and eatery, Citizen Park. Image: Jeremy Toth

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Oliver Backhouse of Backhouse Interiors and Michael Barrett, editor of <em>Interior</em>.

Oliver Backhouse of Backhouse Interiors and Michael Barrett, editor of Interior. Image: Jeremy Toth

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The Switch team: Bevan Tonks, Kylee Trebilco, Chris Jones and Jo Bell.

The Switch team: Bevan Tonks, Kylee Trebilco, Chris Jones and Jo Bell. Image: Jeremy Toth

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Heba and Maurizio of spazioCasa.

Heba and Maurizio of spazioCasa. Image: Jeremy Toth

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Waterfront Auckland's Marieke Numan talks to Frith Walker and Jess Curnow.

Waterfront Auckland’s Marieke Numan talks to Frith Walker and Jess Curnow. Image: Jeremy Toth

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The design team from ctrl Space.

The design team from ctrl Space. Image: Jeremy Toth

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Maddy Simpson of Hewlett Packard with the Urbis Designday team from Whitecliffe College of Arts and Design.

Maddy Simpson of Hewlett Packard with the Urbis Designday team from Whitecliffe College of Arts and Design. Image: Jeremy Toth

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<em>Urbis</em> editor, Kirsten Matthew, with Showroom22's Murray Bevan and BoConcept's Jeff Davoren.

Urbis editor, Kirsten Matthew, with Showroom22’s Murray Bevan and BoConcept’s Jeff Davoren. Image: Jeremy Toth

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Kirsten Matthew presents a gift of Pol Roger champagne to Heba Hilali of spazioCasa and fashion designer Yvonne Bennetti.

Kirsten Matthew presents a gift of Pol Roger champagne to Heba Hilali of spazioCasa and fashion designer Yvonne Bennetti. Image: Jeremy Toth

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Stylish signage at Citizen Park.

Stylish signage at Citizen Park. Image: Jeremy Toth

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<em>ArchitectureNZ</em> editor Justine Harvey talks to Andrew Mitchell of Patterson architects.

ArchitectureNZ editor Justine Harvey talks to Andrew Mitchell of Patterson architects. Image: Jeremy Toth

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The Citizen Park team: Chris (ctrl space), Darren, Dean and Desmond.

The Citizen Park team: Chris (ctrl space), Darren, Dean and Desmond. Image: Jeremy Toth

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At an exclusive breakfast event held at Citizen Park, Auckland’s newest venue, Urbis Designday 2013 was launched in lively fashion.

The 80-strong crowd was a mix of people from the New Zealand design community who all turned out for the big reveal of the design collaborations for 2013. The pairings were announced by host and media personality Jon Bridges.

This year’s creative participants – a combination of designers from a broad range of industries – are collaborating with their design showroom and sponsor partners to create a series of temporary installations, open to the public for one day only on Saturday 23 March, 2013. Each collaboration will interpret Urbis Designday’s 2013 theme, ‘Journey of Connections’.

The designer and showroom pairings for 2013 are:

  • MINI + Switch
  • Hewlett Packard + Whitecliffe College of Arts & Design
  • Geyser + Design Assembly
  • ECC Lighting & Furniture + Tape Art NZ
  • BoConcept + Styled by You
  • Backhouse + Gather & Hunt
  • Paterson + Studio Frazerhurst
  • spazioCasa + Yvonne Bennetti
  • Youmans Capsules + Simon Devitt Photographer
  • Resene + Matter

The Urbis Designday 2013 ‘WIN A DOUBLE PASS’ competition is now closed. Winner - Nikki Harmsen. Thanks to all those who entered!

The day runs from 10am to 5pm on Saturday 23 March, 2013. Guests will be sent an Urbis Designday map ahead of the event so they can choose where to begin their day. More information can be found here.


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