dinz cross street open studio

DINZ Cross Street Open

Just recently I was given the awesome opportunity to be a volunteer assistant at the DINZ Cross Street Open. Hosted by the NZ Design Institute (DINZ), this open-studio event saw designers from four neighbouring design studios open their workspaces to the public for a night full of design geekiness, animated conversations, and delicious refreshments. In short, that means I got to gain entry to an otherwise sold-out event, meet a bunch of super nice talented people, and internally hyperventilate that I was for-real walking through gorgeous design studios and talking to the designers behind them. There was a really nice mix of design practices featured (as you’ll see below), and as a graphic designer I feel like it was really inspiring to check out different kinds of creative work, and take a step back to look through the eyes of a designer from another genre. Needless to say, I came away super starry-eyed and happy. 🙂

If I could step into a time machine and relive the evening, I would try to take so many more photos! As a volunteer it was tough to squeeze in shots for the first half of the event without risking neglecting my duties, or getting in people’s way!! And as the night set in I think my trusty little iPhone did a valiant job of capturing all the shadows and tungsten lights at once. For the convenience the phone gave me I don’t mind the artefacts too much:)

Anyways, photo journal below!! Enjoy.

dinz cross street open studio
dinz cross street open studio

My 20-min uphill walk to the venue saw a variety of interesting street scenes. If I wasn’t quite so out-of-breath and in-a-hurry I’d have taken more shots, haha.

dinz cross street open studio
dinz cross street open studio

Absolutely stoked to get to wear a staff lanyard!! Hahaha I know it’s kind of silly, but it felt like a life goal achieved:)

dinz cross street open studio

Goldsworthy Studio is the super amazing furniture design studio of Nathan Goldsworthy. On the outside it’s a quaint graffiti-lined alley way (that I didn’t get the chance to photograph), and I almost missed the sleek Goldsworthy sign that headed the studio entrance. Inside it’s modern, industrial and cozy all at once, I instantly fell in love. (And yes, I only had time for one shot.)

dinz cross street open studio

Glamuzina Architects is the second of the three studios I photographed. The studio itself is very minimal in terms of interior decor, which really lets you appreciate the space and architecture of the rooms themselves, while drawing attention to the uniquely awesome building models that lined the length of the studio. Which, ahem, I didn’t get a chance to photograph.

dinz cross street open studio

I nearly forgot that I once dreamed of being an architect. Looking through the wall hangings and building models on display brought back memories of the floor plans I used to draw so meticulously. Those were the days:)

dinz cross street open studio

I think I’ll steal this wall decor idea and use it for my workspace;)

dinz cross street open studio

dinz cross street open studio

dinz cross street open studio

dinz cross street open studio

The secondary room had this beautiful retro red scooter – not sure if it’s being used, but I knew it would be very photogenic.

dinz cross street open studio

Of all the spectacular spaces I saw, The Aviary was my absolute favourite. To be honest, my first thought was “I have to work here…”

dinz cross street open studio
dinz cross street open studio

dinz cross street open studio

Architecture and decor on fleek.

dinz cross street open studio

The event ended with a casual party at The Aviary, which is a joint studio of various disciplines ranging from spatial to graphic design. Lively conversations, beer, delectable chocolate, and lots of good vibes made the evening a spectacular one. I made some new friends, and talked to a lot of awesome people. Everybody there was awesome in fact:)

dinz cross street open studio

Met the friendly and talented Tim Dawson from Ghost Street, an interactive design studio. He talked to us about his practice and showed us a selection of websites, apps, games, and other cool things he designed, including his really unique business card, which I have with me right now. While the name maybe suggests a spooky avenue of spirits, Ghost Street actually makes really nice and non-spooky designs. (I must admit I secretly dream of working there some day.)

dinz cross street open studio

Did I mention Tim has a very cute collection of tiny cats on worktable??

dinz cross street open studio

dinz cross street open studio

dinz cross street open studio
dinz cross street open studio

I can’t say how much I love this kitchen. I thought for a moment that I had stepped into an IKEA showroom.

dinz cross street open studio
dinz cross street open studio

That empty cup is the remains of my delicious chocolate milkshake, which I totally forgot to photograph until it was finished. I guess it was that good.

dinz cross street open studio

dinz cross street open studio

dinz cross street open studio

dinz cross street open studio

Even the yellow accents were not forgotten in the decor – honestly I gotta get hold of those interior stylists.

dinz cross street open studio

dinz cross street open studio

Last shot of the night: a tattoo studio across the street. I’m really intrigued by the contrast of grunge on the exterior, with the mod decor going on inside. Now if only I had my DSLR for those lights…