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.