Radio NZ: Sounds Like Us

Posted on Sep 3, 2010 in Material & Visual Culture

After yesterday’s post on Radio Canada and design, one of my students pointed me to Radio New Zealand‘s Sounds Like Us design competition supported by Weta Workshop and New Zealand’s National Museum, Te Papa.

“Open to all New Zealanders, the objective of the competition is to design a radio that captures the essence of New Zealand.”

Here are a couple of my favourite entries sample designs:

Caravan Radio

Maori Radio

And the Judge’s Choice winner, Grandma’s Knitting Basket Radio, inspired by NZ wool:

Grandma’s Knitting Basket
Designed by Courtney Foon

“My concept is based around my grandma and my ‘Grandma’s Knitting Basket’, which is also the name of my radio. My inspiration came from my grandma always having a little woven basket with all her materials in it like balls of different coloured wool, knitting needles, scissors, cotton and thread. She knitted everything from scarves, jumpers, doilies, gloves etc. I liked the idea of soft wool paired with sharp, hard objects such as the scissors and knitting needles. Radio used to be a family gathering before television, and also where grandma would sit with the family and knit. I think of wool as being a New Zealand product. Wool products are a big part of the New Zealand heritage and still in today’s society but just bringing it right back to grandma is choice.”

1 Comment

  1. Ali Skelton
    25th May 2014

    I would buy a caravan radio if it was available. Please contact me if this is possible.