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A light globe that travels up and down a new material developed by a New Zealand company, has won Nick Rysenbry, an Industrial Design student, the ECC Young Designer of the Year award.
Known as Emaa, the material enclosing the hand-blown glass orb is made up of millions of tiny strands of stainless steel wound together to form a yarn. This yarn, while it looks and feels like cotton, is 100 percent stainless steel and retains properties like magnetism, and in the case of this light, conductivity.
The yarn is combined with cotton and is hand woven into a tubular passage. This passage is hung from the ceiling and stretches to the floor with the aid of a 6kg lead base. In the passage there is a glass-blown orb that is suspended through friction from the elasticity incorporated into the weave. Inside the glass blown orb there are two luxeon star leads which each give off 120 lumens (about the same as a 20W halogen bulb). The current runs through the passage and powers the light. Because there are no physical attachments between the passage and the orb you can adjust it to any height, and even insert multiple adjustable orbs.
Nick's prize enabled him to travel to Milan for a week, as a guest of Flos, an internationally renowned design studio.
One of the highlights of the year for Architecture and Design students – the end of year exhibition - was launched in style.
THINK 04 showcases the portfolios of final year students from Architecture, Building Science, Landscape Architecture, Interior Architecture and Industrial Design programmes. It also displays some of the best pieces from students at other stages of their degrees.
Around 500 people, including students and their families, University staff and members of the architecture and design community, attended the opening of the exhibition at Te Aro Campus. Several prizes and scholarships were announced during the evening and a keynote address was given by designer Mark Pennington, a Director of the award-winning furniture company Formway.