Kiwi Designs on New York
Architecture NZ, July / August 2017 issue
Extract: The polycarbonate archiectural mesh product Kaynemaile, invented in New Zealand by Weta Workshop's former artistic director Kayne Horsham, was awarded Best Architectural Product at the NYCxDesign Awards on 20 May.
Kaynemaile is currently exhibiting a 40m2, 4.25m-high walk-through installation in Times Square, called #WaveNewYork, which was designed by Horsham and American artist and MacArthur fellow Ned Kahn. NYCxDesign's curator Ilene Shaw said of #WaveNewYork: "The material is beautiful, the installation design is playful and interactive, and the concept has pure innovation at its core."
The Kaynemaile sheets used in the installation are created from one million seamless, interlocking rings and were created in Petone, Wellington, using a liquid-state manufacturing process. The rings are made from the same material used for F16 fighter jet cockpits and the product has an illuminative quality, making Times Square an apt location to showcase it.
Another project at the entrance to the Queens Midtown and Brooklyn Battery tunnels is part of a state-sponsored transformational plan entitled 'Reimagining New York's Crossings', which aims to reduce congestion, improve security, strengthen the crossings and promote engergy conservation and public art in the Big Apple. The Kaynemaile product has been used in projects around New Zealand, including the new pedestrian bridge and atrium at the University of Auckland and the exterior of the Sofitel Wellington tower.