Last Friday we enjoyed a very minimal installment of CreativeMornings/ Auckland, with Industrial Designer Jamie McLellan sharing his thoughts on the ideas of Minimalism & Maximalism. Hosted by the amazing team at Designworks Auckland.
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Check out the full set here: CreativeMornings /AKL with Jamie McLellan »
This week were getting to know a bit more about one of the team at Designworks, one of Australasia’s leading strategic design practices and our hosts for CreativeMornings in June. Read more about Designworks here…
Our Morning Person works in the studios Spatial Team, and as such has played an important part in the design of the new space. That’s why we think you should Meet Erini from Designworks!
- Who are you?
Erini. I currently work as a Senior Designer at Designworks. I studied Interior Architecture and Design at Victoria University in Wellington. This was followed by 3 years working in Wellington then 5.5 years in the UK. I have been back in NZ for 2.5 years and loving every moment!
- What gets you up in the morning?
Throughout my career I have always felt privileged and grateful to have a job that is my passion - design is definitely not just 9-5 for me! Being an interior designer my focus has always been to better peoples environment and experience in a considered and crafted approach - this is what gets me up in the morning. As an aside, I have a strong passion for floristry and completed a night course in London for interest. I do the flowers for our office every Monday – fresh from the markets, 13 arrangements, flowers everywhere!
- Tell us about Designworks in five words or less.
Stimulating, addictive, contagious, friendly, approachable.
- What’s a surprising fact about you?
I am Greek (1st generation) and was brought up in Wellington’s Greek community - a warm bubble filled with olives, feta cheese, dancing and love! My parents only taught me Greek (what other language do you need?!) - therefore my very first memory is day one at kindergarten not understanding a single soul – it was a defining moment – since then I have never appreciated communication more.
- What’s your favourite thing about Auckland?
Auckland is just getting better and better (said by a Wellingtonian!) The city is full of vibrancy, diversity, life and upward energy - these would be my favourite things - oh and that the cafe / coffee scene is getting a whole lot better….still a way off Wellington though!
- Best breakfast you’ve ever had?
Hands down my trips to the Greek Island of Lesvos (where my father is from) starting the morning with a swim in the clear blue sea followed by Greek coffee, homemade Greek yoghurt, honey and bread - so simple yet deliciously perfect.
- Best piece of advice you’ve received?
The grass is the greenest beneath you.
- Who would you love to hear speak?
In my first year at Uni my tutor introduced me to the works of Herzog and de Meuron. From then on I was completely hooked and they have influenced me hugely. While I was in London I heard they were doing a talk at RIBA however it had completely sold out. Unable to get any tickets from anywhere or anyone(!) I ended up writing a letter expressing my immense interest and they were nice enough to give me a ticket. Even luckier after the talk I was able to speak to them both and have a photo. It was one of those magical moments!
- Secret Superpower?
- Is less more?
The best pieces of design look ‘easy’, ‘effortless’ and ‘natural’. The finished article rarely conveys the hard yards that are involved in creating it. Any great piece of creativity requires dedication; a clever approach, careful consideration and in depth thought. It is through this process you are allowed space for natural editing and refinement – so in this regard, yes, less is more.
We’re lucky enough to be invited in to the brand new Designworks workspace for this month’s CreativeMornings. We can’t wait to check it out! Details on how to get to Designworks here. Don’t forget to bring a cushion!
For the month of June, CreativeMornings/AKL is being hosted by the amazing team at Designworks, one of Australasia’s leading strategic design practices.
Designworks are a passionate team, focused on doing just that, building world-leading brands through simply brilliant design. Transforming business (and human) performance in a variety of industries, they help clients move into market spaces they can truly own.
The Auckland Team have just moved into a new home, Auckland’s old “new art gallery,” a significant and symbolic step in the next stage of the studio’s journey. Created around the driving idea of ‘working naturally’, the open plan environment makes it easy to work effortlessly and seamlessly, encouraging fresh collaborations and conversations between ourselves and our clients.
It’s been carefully designed by the agency’s Spatial team, each space in the office carefully planned with custom-designed joinery, furniture, lighting and materials to encourage different types of ‘working’ while staying true to the architecture, history and heritage of the gallery building.
All in all a fantastic new office and ‘headspace’ for us, our clients and our collaborators in a great part of town! We’re lucky enough to be invited in to their brand new workspace for this month’s CreativeMornings. We can’t wait to check it out!
You’ll find us tomorrow on the Lorne St side of Khartoum Place. The map below should give you our general location. Once you’re in the area keep an eye out for the CreativeMornings signage and a few of our friendly team who will point you in the right direction.
Please Note for this talk we’re throwing a floor party, so please BYO cushion or blanket to sit on for the duration of the talk. It’ll be like an indoor picnic!
What if you were only known for the worst thing you’ve ever done in your life? Catherine Hoke asked the CreativeMornings/NewYork audience this at her talk last year. She runs an organization called Defy Ventures that helps ex-convicts get back on their feet and turn over a new leaf.
With June’s CreativeMornings talk just over a week away, we thought we should take a moment to get some inside information on our speaker. Meet Jamie McLellan!
Who are you?
What gets you up in the morning?
Going to work in a boat shed.
Explain what you do in Five words or less.
Make things with clever people.
What’s a surprising fact about you?
I dimension everything in multiples of 6.
What is your favourite thing about Auckland?
Auckland grows better by the day before our very eyes.
Best breakfast you’ve ever had?
Colaba House in Delhi (now the Rose) served by the smiliest lady named Mumta.
Best piece of advice you’ve received?
Try to be the Marc Newson of New Zealand. Haven’t followed this advice per se, but it was good food for thought.
Who would you love to hear speak?
Castiglioni. I’d give him a hug too.
Is less more?
Often, but maybe not always…
Tickets go live Monday 23 June at 11am. Sign up to our newsletter to get a reminder email on Monday morning.
We love the work of photographer Josh Fassbind. A previous attendee at our CreativeMornings/Geneva chapter, Josh did a project where he documented a person from every country living in the city. He now calls Los Angeles home, and wants to continue the project there.
Know someone he should photograph in LA? Let him know! Let’s help him make this happen.