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Breaking time!

Dear all,

I’m pleased to announce that Breaking Time have been awarded the Bronze A’ Design Award in the category of Graphics and Visual Communication Design by the grand jury panel of the A’ Design Award & Competition which consists of internationally influential press members, established designers, leading academics and prominent entrepreneurs.

The A’ Design Awards are the world’s most influential and largest design awards. It is a great honour for me to receive this prestigious award and I would like to thank my partner for her support and help along the way.

This award gives recognition to the excellence of design on the international stage. You can visit the to see all winners or check out the press release at




Architecture and interior design are not just about maths, materials and positioning, it’s also about feeling and meaning.

In 2015, my partner and I bought a house between the hills of Wellington.  Built in industrial style with concrete and wooden beams, concrete bricks and huge floor to ceiling windows which bring the positive and regenerating sunlight.  The house reminds us of a “tree house” and it’s surrounded by native bush. Unfortunately, the interiors were flat and monotone so we decided to transform the most monotone room, the lounge, with designs which felt like us, all to a $1,500 budget.
Weak points of the room:

– Flat and monocoloured walls

– Boring lighting without character

– Ugly triangle shape on the ceiling from the stairs above.

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The meaning of this room for us is a sanctuary away from the busyness of time and the external world.  Our place to relax, think and create. The key messages in the room are depicted by:

The bird – meaning freedom

The cave – meaning refuge away from busy times

Dark colours and soft lights – meaning relax

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The experience of entering the room:

The bird: 
On your left is a huge bird,  a metaphor of time flying.  Below the bird is the rhythmic text “time time time time time” which signifies that within the room, the speed of time and it’s busyness are broken.





The cave: 
Looking up, you see a three dimensional geometric wooden structure falling from the ceiling. This cleverly masks the ugly triangle shape of the stairs above and inspires more interest than the previously standard flat ceiling. The form of the structure invokes a feeling of being embraced or protected from the outside world and the feeling of being in a cave.



To your right is the large three dimensional text ‘RECHARGE’ in brushed aluminium  with lights beneath each letter.  This contrasts with the geometric pattern of the brick wall and creates a pleasant soft light to relax. We swapped the spot lights with three pendants lights which look like giant modern acorns and complement the bird and the wooden materials in the cave ceiling structure.


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