New Zealand by Design: A History of New Zealand Product Design
This comprehensive, landmark book surveys products our society has made since pre-European times. Begining with ingenious Maori tools, traps, lures and more, it moves to pioneer-era inventions, the industrial and agricultural inventions of early entrepreneurs such as Hayes Machinery and the products of the housewife's friends - Shacklock and Fisher & Paykel - to our modern era, with its sophisticated products such as the Yike bike and Formway furniture, products which hold their own in international company. There's inspiration, dedication, perspiration and not a little number eight wire and genius about the huge range of products that have been made and designed here, and enthusiastic and expert author Michael Smythe shares with the reader the 'essence of Kiwi' that's in all of them.
Michael Smythe is a designer of longstanding and is widely published on, and also lectures in, the subject of New Zealand product design. He lives in Auckland.