We're proud to partner with Objectspace Gallery for the Pohewa Pāhewa: A Māori design kaupapa exhibition, featuring our Charmeuse rug in Clay.
The Pohewa Pāhewa exhibition celebrates Māori design practice, interrogating Western design. The exhibition showcases the differences in how design is approached within te ao Māori and whom it is in service to, grounded in whakapapa.
"Pohewa Pahewa shares a collection of kaupapa that express Maori design as a balance of radical innovation and consideration of critical knowledge gifted by our tupuna." - Objectspace
ĀKAU, Te Reo Māori on the Streets, ongoing. Installation view in Pohewa Pāhewa: a Māori design kaupapa, 1 July – 3 September 2023 at Objectspace, Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland. Photograph by Sam Hartnett.
Pohewa Pāhewa has been developed from whakaaro offered by Māori designers in wānanga across the motu. During these wānanga, Māori designers explained that healing is a fundamental motivation behind their practices. Healing might encompass relationships to whenua and with whānau, connections to whakapapa and understanding of identity, or acknowledging past trauma. This guiding principle is now a constant in Māori design practice – ingenuity, originality and invention all stem from a foundation of recovery and restoration.
Ngā Whāriki Manaaki features karanga wairua pattern designed by expert weavers Reihana Parata and Morehu Flutey-Henare with technical support from Wayne Youle. Installation view in Pohewa Pāhewa: a Māori design kaupapa, 1 July – 3 September 2023 at Objectspace, Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland. Photograph by Sam Hartnett.
"The combination of these kupu is an opportunity for us to consider how ideas become something remarkable, and how good design can transform ideas from imagination into reality." - Objectspace
Check out the exhibition live from 1st of July - 3rd of September 2023 at 13 Rose Road Ponsonby.