North & South - - Cover Story -

The work of in­dus­trial de­sign pi­o­neer Peter Haythorn­th­waite is be­ing cel­e­brated with an ex­hi­bi­tion in Auck­land and a new book by Michael Smythe.

The ex­hi­bi­tion De­sign Gen­er­a­tion, and the book of the same name, mark Haythorn­th­waite’s 50 years in the field. His best-known de­signs in­clude the är’ti-fakt-s card in­dex file (197980); his Retro and Ma­jor Tom pen sets (1988), Ooh-ah- Stove (1991), Gone fishin’ fly cab­i­net (1992); and Ze­spri’s ki­wifruit knife-spoon uten­sil, the “spife”. But he’s also the brains be­hind a raft of other de­signs, in­clud­ing Mer­lin re­mote con­trol garage door open­ers, tam­per-proof pill bot­tles, Crown Lynn’s Air New Zealand crock­ery and kitchen range, the Mop-a-matic floor mop, Mer­ry­ware brush­ware and the Wella hair­brush.

“Peter’s legacy in­cludes a New Zealand de­sign pro­fes­sion emerg­ing from the back room to en­lighten the board­room,” writes Smythe. “His con­tri­bu­tion to de­sign­led en­ter­prise will re­ver­ber­ate for gen­er­a­tions to come.” • De­sign Gen­er­a­tion: Peter Haythorn­th­waite, Ob­jectspace, Auck­land, un­til April 29.

Be­low left: Singer Boh Runga wear­ing her “Feather Kisses” jew­ellery de­sign (also above).

The Ze­spri “spife” by in­dus­trial de­signer Peter Haythorn­th­waite.

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