There was no ceiling in the ground-floor Geyser space that Youmans and Simon Devitt took over for Designday, but that allowed the team complete freedom to cover the room from top to bottom. Their material of choice? A recycled and sustainable fabric otherwise known as cardboard.
The cocoon-like, uncluttered, recessive background (screeds of paper were hung to cover the interior shell) allowed Devitt’s architectural images (he’s a regular contributor to the pages of Urbis; to see one of his recent stories, click here) and the capsules – presentation cases designed specifically to carry architectural plans, artworks, photographs, iPads and tablets – to pop. Devitt displayed photos of the interiors and exteriors of homes and buildings from around the country, while designer Rick Youmans’ capsules were displayed on plinths (again, wrapped in cardboard) throughout the room. The result was an exhibition space relevant to architects and architecture – and housed in one of the most architecturally-interesting new buildings in New Zealand.
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