Projects: 2017 / 2016 / 2014 / 2013 / 2012

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We are a design store based in Christchurch, Aotearoa NZ, and our focus is on supporting and promoting local artists and creatives.

As part of maintaining our creative discipline and focus on our core values, we will be photo documenting a different creation each day that showcases the wealth of creative talent in our beautiful city. Each item must be created or designed by a local Canterbury based artist/designer/creator, and available for purchase in one of our HAPA stores.

As our city rebuilds around us its important to continue to value and acknowledge the creatives, the misfits, the dreamers... and the small businesses that showcase them.

We are the cracks in the pavement, the foraged flowers from demolition sites, the opportunities that arise from chaos...and we are beautiful MAURI ORA!


Website: www.hapa.co.nz


Day 12: Home and Heart


These beautiful pens are made from native woods that have been recycled from red zone housing here in Christchurch, and that alone is enough to make them unique - but the man who makes these is someone very special... Keith Partridge is in his seventies and he's quite the character! He is an old school master craftsman who has high standards that he holds himself to. He thinks he has made more than 7000 of these pens in his professional lifetime, and each one is meticulously crafted and as perfect as a living material can be.

Keith no longer drives, and has no time for the internet, so if I want some pens I have to go old school styles too and ring him up, and pop round to pick them up, making sure to allow time to pat his cat and look at his latest creations.

I think when you hold this perfectly balanced, handcrafted and humble item in your hand, you feel a connection to the creator, and the echo of its former life as floorboards or furniture in a once loved family home.