Presented in partnership with Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, The Single Object series sees Wallace Chapman, broadcaster and host of The Panel on Radio New Zealand, interview a range of guests about six objects that are important to them, providing a personal insight into how the world can be seen and understood through material culture.
We are thrilled to work in collaboration with Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki to present The Single Object's final event of 2019 with special guest, renowned contemporary furniture designer Humphrey Ikin.
Humphrey Ikin has been at the forefront of New Zealand's design renaissance since the early 1980s creating pieces that bring together South Pacific motifs and splendour with the functionalism of European modernism. What has set Humphrey's work apart is his ongoing interest in the broader context of furniture, its history, its rituals and its future possibilities - expressed eloquently in the series of solo exhibitions he has held over two decades, most notably Room at the Dowse Art Museum (1994) and Facing North at City Gallery Wellington (1997) and the Auckland Museum (1998). Facing North has been described as a seminal piece of work which gives proof to the assertion that the domestic object deserves critical attention to no lesser degree than the fine arts.
Humphrey's work is held in both public and private collections in New Zealand and throughout the world. He taught part-time at UNITEC in Auckland in the 1990s, where, in 2002 he was appointed Adjunct Professor of Furniture Design at the School of Design. In 2003 Humphrey received an Arts Foundation Laureate Award. For the past decade, Humphrey has divided his time between furniture, sculpture and architecture projects, alongside running his farm, at his base on the Kaipara Harbour.
Wallace Chapman is a broadcaster and host of the top-rating show The Panel on RNZ National. For five years prior to that he was the host of Sunday Morning with Wallace Chapman and hosted the ‘pub politics’ TV show Backbenches for 10 years until 2018. Chapman has a personal interest in the arts…specifically New Zealand artists, both emerging and established.