The New Zealand Room (Te Koha) and the national exhibition, which are organised by the New Zealand Institute of Architects, share an ambition to present New Zealand as a creative and enterprising country with a distinctive design identity.
Curated by leading young New Zealand designer Rufus Knight, the New Zealand Room was furnished with products and materials that showcase New Zealand's country's design capability.
We were honoured to partner with Rufus of Knight Associates to create a truely special rug, made from Harakeke fibre, sourced locally.
This collaborative project saw us speaking with local flax farmers to source the plant and turn it into a fibre that was ready to be woven with. Working with our artisans in India, we wove a beautiful braided, natural rug that was housed in Te Koha for the duration of the Venice Architecture Biennale, 2016.