New Zealander Shayne Irving developed this wooden kiwi toy in his after hours. Shayne is HOD Graphics and Materials Technology at Edgewater College, Auckland, and is one of our Members.
The kekoKIWI is the first product he has designed and had put into production independently. Inspiration first came from the great Scandinavian design company Playsam, but also came from other New Zealand designers designing with an indigenous focus. Shayne originally trained as an Industrial Designer at the Wellington School of Design, and worked for short periods at Backhouse Interiors (Wellington), and Object Design (Christchurch), before moving into teaching. He also learnt a great amount from working with designers on a range of projects during a Royal Society Teacher Fellowship - he was hosted by design firm PHD3.
A wonderful wooden toy made in New Zealand by Keko Design
The kekoKIWI toy was created to give young kiwi kids the opportunity to own a kiwi toy that is solid in construction and timeless in form. The toyâ€™s visually uncluttered appearance is styled to fit in with contemporary living. The form combines a playful interaction of three basic elements: a body, beak and wheels. The parts are turned from locally grown timbers, including beech, macrocarpa, and radiata pine, and finished with non-toxic paint. Offset eccentric wheels allow the toy to wobble as it is moved along. The packaging is great too.
In Shayne's Outline of Process (rollover below), there is a reference to INKSCAPE in 'conceptualisation'. If you want to find out what it is, or want more information about it CLICK HERE
ROLL MOUSE OVER IMAGES BELOW TO SEE OUTLINE OF PROCESS kekoKIWI CAN ALSO BE SEEN HERE AND HERE