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Emma Fox MDes, BDes (Hons)

Lecturer in Industrial Design

School of Design

As a Industrial Design lecturer and product designer, Emma Fox Derwin's  practice concentrates on furniture design targeting new cross-disciplinary approaches to flat-pack furniture design through new materials and construction methods. Her work pushes the boundaries of furniture design through functional designs that both challenge the way we relate to and use the objects in our daily lives. Emma's work has been presented at both national and international exhibition venues including Designjunction - London Design Festival, Salone Satellite - Milan, and both ObjectSpace and the Dowse Art Museum on different occasions. Currently Emma is developing new prototypes exploring flat-packed principles through the intersection of typologies and materials not typically associated with this niche of furniture design. 

As a Industrial Design lecturer and product designer, Emma Fox Derwin's practice concentrates on furniture design targeting new cross-disciplinary approaches to flat-pack furniture design through new materials and construction methods. Her work pushes boundaries of furniture design through functional designs that both challenge the way we relate to and use the objects in our lives; and has been presented at Designjunction - London Design Festival, Salone Satellite - Milan, ObjectSpace and Dowse Art Museum. Currently Emma is developing new prototypes exploring flat-packed principles through the intersection of typologies and materials not typically associated with this niche of furniture design. 

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Professional

Qualifications

  • Master of Design - Victoria University Wellington (2013)
  • Bachelor of Design - Industrial Design (Hons) - Victoria University Wellington (2008)

Prizes and Awards

  • AGOTYA - Industrial Design category winner for NZ: Avara Moody. Student supervised during honours project by the researcher. - Design Insitute of Australia. (2015)
  • Make/Use won the Open Source use in the Arts at the New Zealand Open Source Awards 2016. See http://nzosa.org.nz/categories/ - New Zealand Open Source Awards (2016)
  • Red Dot Concept Design Award - Luminary Award Design: Nest - Re-homing Spent Laying Hens Designer: Stacey Kenny Named as supervisor on award alongside Lyn Garrett, John Wells and Matthijs Siljee. Researcher supervised project as part of team with aforementioned Lecturers. - Red Dot Award: Design Concept (Singapore) (2013)
  • Red Dot Concept Design Award - Best of the Best Red Dot Award Design: Nest - Re-homing Spent Laying Hens Designer: Stacey Kenny Named as supervisor on award alongside Lyn Garrett, John Wells and Matthijs Siljee. Researcher supervised project as part of team with aforementioned Lecturers. - Red Dot Award: Design Concept (Singapore) (2013)
  • Red Dot Concept Design Award - Red Dot Honorable Mention Award Design: EDU Electronic Drenching Unit Designer: Holly Gaskin Named as supervisor on award alongside Lyn Garrett, John Wells and Matthijs Siljee. Researcher supervised project as part of team with aforementioned Lecturers. - Red Dot Award: Design Concept (Singapore) (2013)
  • Red Dot Concept Design Award - Red Dot Award Design: Second Skin Designer: Nick Dephoff Named as supervisor on award alongside Lyn Garrett, John Wells and Matthijs Siljee. Researcher supervised project as part of team with aforementioned Lecturers. - Red Dot Award: Design Concept (Singapore) (2013)
  • Red Dot Concept Design Award - Red Dot Award Design: FabSeat Designer: Evan Thomas Named as supervisor on award alongside Lyn Garrett, John Wells and Matthijs Siljee. Researcher supervised project as part of team with aforementioned Lecturers. - Red Dot Award: Design Concept (Singapore) (2013)
  • German Design Prize 2017 - Special Mention - Excellent Product Design Furniture http://www.german-design-award.com/en/the-winners/gallery/detail/9200-cloak-cabinet.html - German Design Council (2016)
  • Biennale Interieur Award 2016 - the Cloak Cabinet designed by the researcher was one of the awarded projects in the 2016 Biennale Interieur Awards. The renowned international jury consisted of Rossana Orlandi (Milan), Mirko van den Winkel, Inga Sempe, Nils Holger Moormann and Dieter van den Storm. As a result the researcher has been awarded a place in an exclusive design workshop in Mons, Belgium in August and an exhibition at the Biennale Interieur in Kortrijk, Belgium in October. Link: https://interieur.be/awards/2016/objects - Biennale Interieur (2016)
  • Massey University Early Career Award for Distinction in Research College of Creative Arts 2014, presented in March 2015. Date based on notification letter - Massey University (2014)
  • Make/Use won a Bronze Best Design Award in the Exhibition & Temporary Structures category at the Designers Institute of New Zealand Best Awards 2016. See https://bestawards.co.nz/spatial/exhibition-installations-and-temporary-structures/makeuse-exhibition - Designers Institute of New Zealand (DINZ) (2016)
  • Best Award Bronze - Product Category: Colour Award for Cloak Cabinet - Designers' Institute of New Zealand (2016)
  • Best Award Bronze - Product Category: Furniture for Cloak Cabinet - Designers' Institute of New Zealand (2016)
  • Early Career Researcher Award 2014 - Massey University MU Early Career Researcher Funding Awarded for scoping speculative project in collaboration with Methven. - Massey University (2014)
  • DINZ Best Awards - Bronze Award Winner - Student Product Category. Liam Dewhurst - Dewhurst Rope Access Harness Named on award as supervisor. - (2013)
  • DINZ Best Awards - Bronze Award Winner - Student Product Category. Tara Hall - CF360 Named on award as supervisor. - (2013)
  • DINZ Best Awards - Silver Award Winner - Student Product Category. Holly Gaskin - EDU Electronic Drenching Unit Named on award as supervisor. - (2013)
  • DINZ Best Awards - Silver Award Winner - Student Product Category. Craig Guy - Apollo Archery Jacket Named on award as supervisor. - (2013)
  • DINZ Best Awards - Silver Award Winner - Student Product Category. Nick Dephoff - Second Skin Named on award as supervisor. - (2013)
  • DINZ Best Awards - Gold Award Winner - Student Product Category. Erika Hansen - Aegis Named on award as supervisor. - (2013)
  • DINZ Best Awards - Gold Award Winner - Student Product Category. Evan Thomas - FabSeat Named on award as supervisor. - (2013)
  • Bronze Pin - Designers Institute New Zealand - Best Awards - Product Category - Designed Object - Notch Porcelain Pendant - Designers Institute New Zealand (2014)
  • Silver Pin - Designers Institute New Zealand - Best Awards - Product Category - Colour Award - Designers Institute New Zealand (2014)
  • Bronze Pin - Designers Institute New Zealand - Best Awards - Product Category - Furniture - Apt. Shelving - Designers Institute New Zealand (DINZ) (2015)
  • Finalist for Design of the Year - HOME NZ Magazine. With Apt. Shelving co-designed with Nigel Groom. HOME NZ is a premier NZ architecture and design magazine, with a readership of XX. The annual Design awards survey the very best of NZ furniture design, this year finalist were selected and judged by Jeremy Hansen (HOME) and Mark Elmore (Fisher & Paykel Appliances). Finalists were published in the winter issue of the magazine, with a full page photo and write up. - HOME NZ Magazine (2015)
  • CoCA 2014 Research, Teaching and Support Awards - Award for Excellence in Support - Team Award - Red Dot - Rodney Adank, Jen Archer-Martin, Matt Clapham, Emma Fox Derwin, Tim Parkin, Donald Preston, Lee Whiterod - College of Creative Arts, Massey University (2014)
  • CoCA 2014 Research, Teaching and Support Awards - Awards for Excellence in Research - Early Career Design - College of Creative Arts, Massey University (2014)

Research Expertise

Research Interests

Furniture Design. Flat-pack Furniture Design. Sustainable design. User-object interaction. Product emotions (surprise). 

Thematics

Design – for Commerce, Community and Culture

Area of Expertise

Field of research codes
Built Environment And Design (120000): Design Management and Studio and Professional Practice (120303): Design Practice and Management (120300): Industrial Design (120305)

Research Projects

Summary of Research Projects

Position Current Completed
Project Leader 0 2

Research Outputs

Other

McQuillan, HL., Archer-Martin, JL., Bailey, J., Kane, K., Fox Derwin, E., Menzies, G., . . . Stewart-MacDonald, B. (2015). Make/Use exhibition catalogue.
[Other]Authored by: Archer-Martin, J., Bailey, J., Fox, E.Contributed to by: Kane, K.Edited by: Archer-Martin, J., Bailey, J., Kane, K.

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