Projects

We have achieved 3 major projects and and many other smaller outcomes so far.

The major projects to date are:

  1. the first furniture collection in Auckland and then Christchurch,
  2. the Auckland Design Series,
  3. Whole House Reuse.

And we are undertaking our fourth large project in 2016; Resource: Rise Again, supported by Creative New Zealand, and Auckland Council (for part of the Auckland portion of the project). This project pays and supports designers to undertake periods of intensive problem-solving with commercial waste streams, resulting in the development of high quality reuse outcomes by October 2016. 

Some of our other past projects include:

  1. our collaboration with Shop Eight to create life in the centre of Christchurch just as the central Red Zone was drawn back and the city centre started to slowly breathe again,
  2. the establishment of the Rekindle Studio in Christchurch, a shared studio space that provided lone-working creatives and small teams with studio space in the central city when this was a novelty,
  3. our first pop-up shop in New Regent Street,
  4. the Offcut Series, a series of works made from our furniture offcuts from artist in Christchurch,
  5. large archways constructed for The Concert, and epic music festival put on by the Student Volunteer Army, where volunteering earned your festival ticket,
  6. our making of a long line of trestle tables for the first Social Soup event in Cashel Street,
  7. the establishment of the Rekindle shop in a shared space with The Auricle,
  8. our interior design and fit-out for The Auricle,
  9. the Pegahorn, a large sculpture made with children at the Chomondeley Children's Home for Sculpture in the Peninsula,
  10. our collaboration with Kilmarnock Enterprises to generate well-made products from waste whilst generating good work,
  11. the Auckland pop-up shop on Te Wero Island in December 2014..

....and more to come.

The ever-changing collaborative space at Shop Eight that Liz Phelan & Juliet Arnott opened together in April 2012:

Social Soup in Cashel Street: bringing people back into the very centre of Christchurch, December 2012. A work by Tessa Peach & Heather Hayward which included a long, long line of our trestle tables

The Pegahorn: A project facilitated with the children at the Chomondeley Children's Home for Sculpture on the Peninsula. Emma Byrne got this project going and had a team of helpers. Materials used were waste rope from Stark Brothers Shipping, driftwood and other found materials.

The archways made from offcuts for The Concert:

Our delightful encounter with Prince Charles, who told us "You're right, nothing should ever go to waste!"

Our furniture & Offcut products, made from timber that would have otherwise gone to landfill via the Burwood Resource Recovery Park. This is being landfilled due to lack of viable technology in place to separate this untreated material from treated timber.

Our pop-up shop on Auckland's waterfront in December 2014, the fit out made from waste exhibition panels, carpet and ply, in collaboration with Dragonbox Design:

This is just a brief summary of some of our work, so please see the other project pages under the Projects drop down menu for more information.