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Kiwi designer, Kris Ericksen, joins New York design elite

Kiwi designer, Kris Ericksen, joins New York design elite

New Zealand designer, Kris Ericksen, has been named an NYCxDESIGN Awards Honoree after reaching a finalist position in the Emerging Talent category of the recent New York-based global design competition.

The competition, which concluded at The Museum of Modern Art (MOMA) on 15th May, celebrated outstanding achievement across all major areas of design: architecture, interiors, furnishings, lighting, and technology. It attracted 500 entries from over 100 designers and over 200 manufacturers, worldwide.

Mr Ericksen, the creator behind Plato Lighting – a contemporary, ‘kit-set’ lighting range made from plastic interlocking pieces that can be ‘played with’ to assemble a predetermined shape or a new design – was the only Kiwi finalist across all 30+ categories.

Speaking from New York, where he has been showcasing the Plato Lighting range as part of the New York design festival, Mr Ericksen says: “I am absolutely thrilled to be an NYCxDESIGN Award Honoree. The New York design festival is the pinnacle of global design and to be selected as an award honoree – alongside some of the world’s best designers – is both exciting and humbling.”

The honoree status will greatly enhance Mr Ericksen’s growing reputation as an ingenious designer. The four-time participant (and one time category winner) of the World of Wearable Art Show (WOW) hopes it will lead to a business deal that will enable him to take his products to the world.


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