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Paint, Paper, Timber and a Bit of ‘Rock ‘n Roll’

Press Release – Orcon

September 30 2013

Paint, Paper, Timber and a Bit of ‘Rock ‘n Roll’ – National Art Competition Takes Home Décor to a New Level

A Wellington based artist and designer, an Auckland architect a North Shore artist and a top New Zealand post graduate designer are finalists in a unique art competition to be showcased at the Waikato Home and Garden Show which opens on Thursday.

Four retro-style Smeg FAB refrigerators are being delivered to Claudelands Events Centre after the artists spent three weeks putting their very distinct interpretations on the state-of-the-art products.

The extraordinary works were judged by Askew One, a multi-disciplinary artist best known for his graffiti art paintings, artist Dave Sotogi, well known European and Samoan contemporary artist, fashion designer Kiri Nathan and award-winning kitchen designer Robin Caudwell of Design CK. Visitors to the Waikato Home & Garden Show can also post their Public Choice vote for the works.

Wellington artist and designer Mark Ussher’s bold design represents the 1950s housewife. Architect Mark Frazerhurst, entered the competition to explore the idea that architecture explores every aspect of the built environment, and people’s experience with it by treating it in an unexpected way to make it appear conceptually as something else. Mike Grobelny, a design technician at AUT produced an intricate design using cedar, taking inspiration from the honey bee while exploring the idea of sustainable ways of storing food. Jayne Anderson, a graphic designer and illustrator said the iconic Smeg fridge reminded her of an era full of music, fun, colour and funky neon lights. Her design evolved using image research and computer aided design, as well as basic artist tools, such as paper, scissors and “a bit of ‘rock n roll”.

The four finalists had three weeks to execute their designs onto the fridges, after the initial judging of design submissions.

The public have until 10th October to vote for their favourite of the four Smeg FAB Art Competition refrigerators, which will be on display on the Smeg stand at the Show. Entrants go into the draw to win a Smeg FAB10 ’50s-style mini refrigerator valued at $3699.

After the Home Show, the refrigerators will be donated to children’s charity Hands Across the Water, and auctioned on 15 October. All the proceeds will be given to the charity, which helps at-risk Thai children and their communities, providing safe, caring, learning environments.


Claudelands Events Centre
Thursday 3rd October
10am – 6pm
Adults $16

Brooklyn Road,
Friday 4th October
10am – 10pm
Children under 16 free

Hamilton, Waikato
Saturday 5th October
10am – 6pm
(if accompanied by an adult)
Sunday 6th October
10am – 6pm
Supercitizens half price on Thursday


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