These entries just go to show that great design always stand the test of time.
Videosport Pong console - Jon Coates, Senior User Experience Designer
In the 80s, Jon’s dad turned up to his new office and found a whole load of junk that included this Pong console. You know the one … bog-basic 2D graphics … two ‘bats’ you could only move up or down.
Many happy days followed until his dad threw it away for-no-reason-at-all! Jon was so distraught, he spent the next 15 years trying to find another one hand-built in NZ. He eventually succeeded.
He’s really stoked with his fine - it’s not working right now, but it soon will be.
New Zealand Rugby League scoreboard - Antoinette Le Vaillant, Senior Designer
Antoinette rescued the scoreboard numbers used at Carlaw Park – the spiritual home of Kiwi rugby league – just before it got demolished in 2008.
“I was taking a snooping around – with the groundkeeper’s
permission of course – when I caught my eye on these signs. I’ll never forget
because a possum jumped out from nowhere and across my back. So I scrambled to
pick up 10 numbers as quick as I could and got out of there. Each one
represents a little piece of Kiwi history money can’t buy – they’re a great
Retro furniture - Simon Smith, Digital Design Director
Simon found these chairs on Trademe, and at a later date, his dad spotted the table to match. Brilliant.
The table had been used for painting so it was a mess. That was the bad news. The good news was his dad lovingly restored it all, removing the paint, getting the nicks out and then adding a stain.
Simon gets pretty excited about mid-century design, so he’s pretty stoked with the result which now takes pride of place in his kitchen.