New Zealand took to the architecture world's stage this year at the Venice Architecture Biennale and Okewa was proud to play a part. We outfitted the team of exhibition volunteers in Okewa garments to keep them prepared for their hosting role, whatever the Venice weather might dish up.
Exploring identity and expressing something of New Zealand's design perspective to the world was the call to the creative team leading the project entitled Future Islands. At Okewa we often muse on this mission ourselves within a fashion context so it was interesting to consider this through an architectural lens. What is unique about New Zealand's design perspective? What luxuries and challenges does our position on a few rocks in the South Pacific afford and present us? These questions were posed thoughtfully by the exhibition's dream-like floating islands.
The exhibition's Creative Director Charles Walker proposed the island as a metaphor for alternative ways of living - a metaphor we're happy to inhabit.
Future Islands was supported and run by the New Zealand Institute of Architects. Volunteers wore Birmingham Trenches, Simone Shawls and Amherst Coats during the exhibition which ran from 28th May - 27th November 2016.