From Idea To Making: The Design Process
In our design process we start with the story. There is something we want to say with each piece. A story about New Zealand, about the place where we live and grow and breathe. We want to highlight the area the timber comes from, we want to showcase the vibrant beauty of natural water formations, we want to illustrate the power of New Zealand’s ever-changing landscape. This is our WHY. This is the heart of our design experience. And we like to think this attention to illuminating our place and people and reason for making is what drives others to love and cherish our work.
The spark of the story that will come alive in our design is an idea, a feeling, an element of New Zealand we want to highlight. With that spark we move to the drawing board, letting the idea spread out over paper as we sketch out the lines and form of the design by hand. There will be many iterations of that initial spark, but only some of them make their way from the drawing board to the next stage. Working in CAD refines the ideas into creations, into real objects that already have a tangible life to them. This part is so exciting. Seeing an idea come to life in front of us, knowing that as we work with crafts people to bring the different elements of this idea to life, we all get to share in the story from whence it came.
We work collaboratively when it comes time to transform our designs into reality, and having ongoing relationships with some of New Zealand’s most talented and creative craftspeople is a founding tenant of our business. Using bespoke techniques, artisan tools and sheer innovation, our artists are a big part of what makes every design from LyZadie Studio not only truly unique, but also true to its initial story-spark. It can take months of work, trailing materials and techniques before we settle on the final form of the design, a true orchestration of minds to bring the original spark to life.