30th May 2012


Blog 5 - Locovisual

Looked upon as a national icon and emphasizing bicultural theme into its post modernistic design. The museum of NZ, Te Papa Tongarewa was built and designed to look at “Recognising the mana and significance of each of the two mainstreams of tradition and cultural heritage and providing the means for each to contribute effectively to a statement of the nation’s identity”1. JASMAX architects, developed the museum to express the differences between Maoris and Pakehas. As a postmodern designed building, it draws on various architectural designs influenced by Maori and Pakeha culture. A selection of materials was incorporated into the museums symbolising bicultural structure from all over New Zealand.

Established to provide services for the country by exhibiting any arts and items relating to history and nature, as well as every major cultural tradition in contributing into New Zealands identity it honours the principles of the Treaty of Waitangi. “In all that it does the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa will honour the principles of The Treaty of Waitangi”2.

“The site is beautiful – and pivotal. It occupies a transitional position between the city and the sea, and it mediates between the urban centre to the west and the residential areas to the east”3. As the museum was located at the water front, the architects wanted the museum to be aesthetically pleasing by incorporating its cultural urban design with the position it is in “Between the city and sea”3

The postmodern design of the building has sly references to the fluid motions of rococo style which is shown through small portions of the building. Neoclassical design is also clearly present in the building which is articulated in the linear aspects of the building.


1. Salmond, A. (1993) The Treaty of Waitangi and The Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa

2. ‘A Concept for the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa’, I Preamble, p.1 
[retrieved from: Salmond, A. (1993) The Treaty of Waitangi and The Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa].

3. Bossley, P. (1998). Te Papa an architectural adventure. From concept to structure, 14.

Bossley, P. (1998). Te Papa an architectural adventure. From concept to building, 18.

Beckett, R. (1998, February). The designing of Te Papa. Auckland, New Zealand: AGM publishing ltd.

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10th May 2012


Blog 4 - Curatorial

“My life is one long curve, full of turning points.” Pierre Elliott Trudeau justifies the fluidity of this form. The model has gone through many stages of developing to create the flowing curves of “life”. Life is portrayed in this model by the movement of the curves which twist and turn around the wire. The journey starts at the bottom where it is woven onto the wire, this is the starting point where it curves and twists around to the next woven point and is continued until it has reached to the top where it splits off and represents the different turning points in life. This fluid model basically tells a life journey.

To reach the aesthetics of this model, two precedents were used consisting each of a straight lined and organic and fluid flowing object. This influence of the precedents was then used and incorporated into the final model. Jamie Mayne was the precedent influence of fluidity for the “life” model, His use of fluid modelling was based mostly on an organic view of how something moves organically which similarly resembles roots or veins, and this idea was then used to influence the dominant features of the “life” model. Anna Wallis based her object on straight lines and geometrical clusters of dissected cubes and pyramids. Her idea was incorporated into the “life” model as the straight line wire which resembles basic geometrical outlines. Through the influences of these precedents, fluidity is presented well through the model.

Trudeau, P, E. (n.d.). Pierre Elliott Trudeau quotes. Retrieved from http://www.cite.auckland.ac.nz/index.php?p=quickcite

Mayne, J. (September 14, 2009). Ivy. Retrieved from http://jamiemayne.wordpress.com/

Wallis. A (March 29, 2012). Jeweller.designer.maker. Retrieved from http://kmanzi.wordpress.com/

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27th April 2012

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Blog 3 - Antiques hunter


I have chosen this piece of furniture that has been influenced by the Gothic Revival Style because it shows clear key features of the style. It has heavily ornamented table top edges and legs and also chairs. The ornaments imitate flowers and leaves and are a clear indication of typical gothic styled ornaments. They are flat and simple and reflect repetition and symmetry. The table has a strong structure which is supported by large solid legs that resembles supporting columns. The chairs of this set also have an arch shaped back supporter which points upwards and represents that it is reaching towards the sky, reaching towards god as seen in religious views. The type of wood that has been used to construct this table is Walnut. This type of wood is commonly used for Gothic style furniture as it has a dark brown colour and gives it a strong durable aesthetic which also supports the upward pointing arches of the chairs

The resurgence of the gothic style revival was during the 19th century and this gothic revival styled table was made in the early 20th century, in 1908. A.W.N Pugin, a 19th century architect and designer believed, as a critique that a material used to craft anything should not try to imitate another material or object. Stated in the reading, “Stone should always retain in some measure its essential “stony” character and should not pretend to be something else”. This table set shows strong features seen throughout Gothic styled designs such solid structural form, upward pointing aches and floral ornaments. I can show evidence to support this statement through research I have conducted

I found this image in my research, it shows it is decorated by gothic styled patterns and in comparison to my image the manufacturing material and crafted ornaments are similar.


Raizman, D. (2004) “Design, Society, and Standards,” History of Modern Design (pp. 45-63). New Jersey: Prentice Hall Inc.


Gothic Furniture History. http://www.ehow.com/about_5033259_gothic-furniture-history.html


Shi, Y. About Gothic Furniture [Photography]. Retrieved April 26th, 2012, from http://www.ehow.com/about_6580425_gothic-furniture.html

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30th March 2012


Blog 2 - Art Deco


“The Art Deco City” book will be useful for my research of Art Deco because it talks about the history of Napier, during the earthquake and the rebuilding of it. The book contains a variety of images of rebuilt Buildings in Napier and contains all the Architects that are involved in the rebuilding with all the specific styles involved. This will help me research the different types of Art Deco that are being used either architecture or furniture.

Robert M., (1998). The Art Deco City.Napier, New Zealand: Art Deco Trust

Edited Book

This Book is an in-depth document of Art Deco style which talks about the movement and how it responds to the time period with all the high fashioned, commerce and new technologies. I found this book resourceful as it shows me how the Art Deco style spread around the world and used inspirations from the worlds more tasteful pleasures to form into a style.

Benton, C. Benton, T. Wood, G. (ed). (2003). Art deco 1910-1939. London: V&A


 This site contains useful information about what kind of materials are used to construct an Art Deco styled object such as a Building or a piece of furniture. It also includes a summarised brief history of how the style became an art style from splitting off from another style into its own. I found this helpful because I will have information on what kind of materials are used on art deco style designs.

Art Deco – The Modern Style. (2001). http://artantiques.allinfo-about.com/weekly/features/artdeco.html

Journal Article

I found this article not as helpful as I thought it would be because it mainly provided information about New Zealand’s History rather than Art Deco buildings and Architecture. This article didn’t help me incorporate its information into my researching work as I wanted more of the Art Deco design history.

Edward, A. (2007). The Art of Deco: Rebuilt from the rubble in the 30’s, a New Zealand town still casts a spell. Architectural Digest, 61(3), 94-104.


I think this image is a good representation of the Art Deco Building, it shows the typical design of the “stream line” which is to show aerodynamics and simple geometrical shapes. It’s useful for my research because I wanted to show clear features of what an Art Deco design structure.

The Art Deco Architecture Site [Photograph]. Retrieved from http://www.decopix.com/

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19th March 2012


Blog 1 - Personae

As many people would know I am Ricky, Ricky Situ. My main interest in the educational area is design. This interest led me to try out design in Victoria University so I now aim for a specialisation in Industrial Design.

I originally thought of going off into Architectural studies but during school I never did well in physics and having that I would never make a successful architect while designing faulty buildings. I explored around afterwards seeking out what I wanted to do in University and a friend recommended me to try out industrial design. I like what I heard/read about this course and all the creative things you can do in it and it seemed like the perfect course to take. I found industrial design mostly appealing to me because it’s really practical and my personality is shown through what I make.

I’ve also had an interest in design and art most my life and everything around me is generally used as a huge inspiration, it helps give me ideas to create new images in my mind by just looking around. Everything from nature to industrial objects contributes to an inspirational idea. I think most peoples inspirations come from existing artists and designers work but I believe in making my own inspiration from observing the world around me.

From doing this industrial design course I aspire to become a successful designer with the help of minoring in management that this will lead me to something that I can settle into and have fun in.

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