ArchitectureNow feature: Homegrown
Extract: New Zealand companies are creating innovative and exciting products that continue to be popular at home, and some are making tsunami-like waves overseas. We look at what makes them Kiwi made and why being local is so important.
Kaynemaile is an innovative product designed and manufactured in Petone, Wellington, and has hit the big time after being awarded Best Architectural Product at the NYCxDesign Awards this year. The product is a polycarbonate mesh designed as a futuristic take on chain mail, and has been applied to a variety of architectural structures. These include wall installations, light fixtures and car park wraps, as well as artworks by international artists like kinetic sculptor Ned Khan.
Kaynemaile’s brand ambassador Robyn Downham says being New Zealand made “is in our DNA and we share this with the architectural and design community proudly. We see this as a value added proposition, as New Zealand is a brand associated with innovation and invention.”