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Here is a beautifully styled shot of the rug collaboration between Dilana Rugs and Fancy! New Zealand Design Blog . 

Styled by Alana Broadhead/Fancy
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November 2012 Newsletter

Find out what is new at Dilana in our latest newsletter! In this months newsletter we introduce Dilana Studio 'Skins', feature Catherine Griffiths following her recent exhibition in Chile, and more. To recieve Dilana newsletters directly in your inbox, join our mailing list.



Marquettes for the Floor
- a spontaneous collection of miniature rugs 

The Brief:
Dilana invited 7 artists to participate in a Marquette workshop utilising the surplus yarn stores of over 1000 colours. Each artist resolved their idea in a square metre or less.

Opens in Auckland only on the 24th November at Dilana's Gallery at 40 George Stree, Mt Eden, phone 09 630 2337

To view the finished rugs click here
View the Marquette show being made at Dilana's Christchurch workshop here

Online Sale 10 Days only
A great opportunity to purchase direct from the dilana workshop.

Since February 22nd at 12:51pm business at our Christchurch based Workshop & Gallery has been quiet. So we've taken the initiative and put together a fabulous online sale, allowing friends and followers the opportunity to purchase our latest and most current limited edition rugs. In reflection of this date, we have reduced our listed price by 22.1251%. Also included are a selection of heritage and archive rugs at generously reduced prices.

Sale ends Monday 14th November at midday


Auckland International Airside Departures 

A collaboration between IGNITE (Courtney Greer) and Adrian Nancekivell Design, the project beat a record number of high calibre entries to win the Supreme Award at the NZ Retail Interior Association’s RED Awards*. This project also winning silver in the Spatial division of New Zealand’s Best Design Awards.
The successful carpet design is based on the pohutukawa motif. The enlarged non repeat carpet pattern creates a sense of destination, a place to stop, consider and shop.

Marquettes for the Floor!
The recipe:
- invite 8 or so ripe artists.....separate out the ideas
- reduce to less than 1 square metres
- assemble at our Christchurch workshop
- add lashings of coloured yarn....mix well
- season with collaboration.....simmer for 2 weeks
Voila! a delicious and spontaneous collection of miniature rugs.

Full tasting opens in Auckland at 40 George Street on the 24th of November.
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We hope you can take advantage of our on line sale - best wishes from us all at dilana.

Branding Redesigned

When you next visit dilana.co.nz you will notice we have had a revamp.
We hope you enjoy looking through all of our work in more detail, including our most recent extension into designing and manufacturing machine-made carpets.

Government House Case Study

Our most recent commission incorporated woven carpet and hand-crafted rugs designed by artists Gavin Chilcott, Andrew McLeod, Tim Main and the late John Bevan-Ford allowing a New Zealand aesthetic to be shown throughout the fabric of the building.
Read more.....

Shared Spaces

Dilana's Gallery at 40 George Street, Mt Eden, Auckland welcomes Mr Bigglesworthy & Katie Battersby!
Mr. Bigglesworthy is dedicated to offering some of the best retro furniture, art and vintage industrial design from right here in New Zealand and around the globe.

Katie Battersbys approach to design is firmly grounded in contemporary art practice & enquiry, experimentation and prototyping. Her clothes are concept-based and often influenced by classic films or music producing collections that are intelligent, witty, and wearable.

New Rugs by John Reynolds

John’s Grid series has an ease and natural synergy between the artists free hand line and the hand craft process. A layered effect is created by the textures and directions of blended yarns. 
More work by John..

Natural Fast Track by Custom Carpets

Soon to be available - a highly sustainable eco carpet. Free from all man-made synthetics, Natural Fast Track uses a palette of all natural coloured wools, which are machine woven into room sized area-rugs or wall to wall fitted carpet.
Find out more..
pictured: 'Dots & Dashes' by Michael Reed, wall to wall carpet 48oz Axminster.

Dilana Auckland Gallery

Over the coming 8 weeks we will be showing our latest work by Chaira Corbelletto, Darryn George & John Reynolds at 40 George Street, Mt Eden.
Our hours are Thursday - Friday 10 to 5pm, Saturday 10 to 3pm & by appointment please phone 09 630 2337

Positively post shake - April 2011

Lots of supportive messages followed the February earthquake and we’re very grateful for your concern. Thankfully all staff, their families, artists and our workshop escaped without harm - and it’s business as usual.

NZ Embassy

French connections

In January Dilana exhibited again at “Maisons and Objets”, one of Europe’s largest design fairs. Tens of thousands saw our work on show as part of The Moa Room. Bing Dawe’s Stock-take rug (kahawai Waitaki River mouth) was selected for the plum spot front-of-house.


Dilana’s creativity was on display again in the French capital in March when the NZ Embassy celebrated Antipodean fashion, design and lifestyle. A special event in aid of the earthquake, exhibitors also included The Moa Room, Koko, Snowberry and Icebeaker.

Distinctively Chiara

We’re delighted that Italian-New Zealand sculptor, Chiara Corbolletto, has joined the Dilana artists’ collective.

Her vibrant polypropylene works are exciting, contemporary pieces using repetition of forms and patterns in symmetrical compositions. Watch this space for more!

Threads for treads

We’re honoured that our rugs now grace the Vice Regal residence in Wellington. Government House, home of the Governor General, has undergone a year-long refurbishment and three rooms now feature hand-tufted Dilana carpets; the remainder, machine made patterned Axminsters, were commissioned by us from Carpets Inter. Gavin Chilcott, Andrew McLeod and Tim Main designs feature throughout.

Martin Poppelwell

Grid additions

Napier painter and ceramic artist Martin Poppelwell has posted two new grid designs on his website. Graphic grids or concentric ring patterns have been a constant throughout many years of practice by this talented artist. His jugs, bowls, plates and vases often use ingenious and ingenuous text.

21st - 25th January 2010

Maison & Objet

Moa Room (our Paris representative) exhibited at Maison & Objet last weekend in Paris. Dilana was pleased to show their rugs in such fine company as Boskke, Wanaka Living & David Trubridge.

from left:
Hugh Bannerman - Dilana
Jake Morris - Boskke http://www.boskke.com/
Ben Wilson - Wanaka Living http://www.wanakaliving.com/
Roderick Fry - Moa Room http://www.moaroom.com/






Thursday 25th of November

Dilana will be having a sale of selected retired editions, workshop & artist proofs & refurbished ex showroom rugs at AVID Gallery in Wellington starting tomorrow. Sale runs Friday 26th & Saturday 27th November from 10-5pm, and also Sunday 28th November 10-12pm.

AVID Gallery
48 Victoria Street
phone 472-7703

6th September 2010

Christchurch & Canterbury was stuck by a 7.1 earthquake at 4:36am on Saturday morning.
Everybody at Dilana are fine and our workshop has survived completely intact. We have been very lucky.
Our thoughts are with the other residents of Christchurch & Canterbury that haven't been so fortunate.

August 2010 News from Dilana

In September, Robyn and Hugh will be in Paris, as Dilana is showing at a Design Fair, Maison+Object et Meuble Paris. The stand will exhibit selected rugs by Bing Dawe, Gavin Chilcott and Tim Main.
Simultaneously a wider collection of six works will open at the Moa Room's newly renovated space located in the Republique Arrondissement.

Spirit-level-darryn-georgeDarryn George Produces His First Rugs with Dilana

We are delighted to introduce a new series of rugs by Darryn George, prominent Christchurch abstract painter.
Darryn's work blends his Maori (Ngapuhi) heritage with powerful elements of contemporary abstraction and traditional Maori motif.
His images reflect a strong spiritual element, often expressed in the titles of the rugs he develops  in collaboration with Dilana.

The series of rug designs was initially drawn from a bookshelf in Darryn’s living room. “I like to take something from the everyday, simplify it and then invest it with spiritual significance, making it part of my personal symbolism. It's a long process, not straightforward," he says.

"With Pohi #6, the slot in the bookshelf suggested a postbox, and the idea of mail, where an object moves from one place to another, as the spirit might move between planes of spirituality." The rug title,Pohi (post or postbox) alludes to this aspect of the work.

Rug finishing"In Spirit Level#2,the simplified image of the builder's level and the kowhaiwhai togetherrepresent evenness of spirit. Barnett Newman, the American 20th centuryabstract expressionist, painted very simple forms. Speaking about a painting which featured a single line drawn in the centre of the canvas,Newman said something like: 'When you're looking at this, you'll be pointed towards God'.He made big claims for his work." In this series of work, Darryn is creating a connection between the literal world and a spiritual dimension, as Newman did.
There are some new departures from Darryn's current work in this series. “Initially, I was a colourist, then in 2004 decided to restrict my palette to the traditional Maori colourings of red, black and naturalearth. During the making of this series of rugs, I began to expand the palette again, working in ‘regal’ colours such as purple.” Spirit Level# has richly blended areas of black and a purple/blue suggesting streams or rivers.

Darryn worked closely with our director, Hugh Bannerman, and rugmaker Sam Maloney. He says that the process was surprisingly simple. “Sam seesme as a natural rug designer. I found surprisingly little conceptual difference between developing the paintings and the rugs. Sam and Hugh were invaluable in providing suggestions, such as making some areas moresculptural, and experimenting with new blends to enhance colours.” Working closely with Darryn, Sam has formulated a special blend of tonesto produce the ‘Darryn George red’ signature colour seen in this rug series.
Darryn George signs rugDarryn has a busy exhibition schedule as well as being Head of Art at Christ’s College. He will be taking part in the 'Scapes' outdoorexhibition in Christchurch in September, as well as having solo shows at the Brooke Gifford Gallery in Christchurch and the Peter McCleavey Gallery in Wellington later this year.

Visit Darren George's page on our website.

  • Maison+Object et Meuble Paris September 7-10
  • Darryn George rugs on show: Christchurch August-September: 10 Buchan St, Sydenham. Auckland October-November: 40 George St, Mt Eden.
  • An exhibition of new sculptural works by Bing Dawe opens at the Arthouse Gallery on the 12th of August.

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Avis Higgs Rug

Avis Higgs Rug Sparks Designer’s Inventiveness

Guy Homan’s Cut and Sew Lamp in the Quotidian exhibition currently showing at Objectspace in Ponsonby Road draws its inspiration from the that idea we use common objects such as rugs, lamps and furniture to distract ourselves from the environment. One such “distraction” is the Avis Higgs rug D88 Maori Motif, on loan to the exhibition from Dilana Rugs, that he has used as his inspirational object.

The exhibition’s premise is that design is a discourse, and that the everyday can be used as a stimulus for new design. Designers have contributed new ideas, each based on a familiar object. The show runs from 15 May to 26 June.

Fane and Jo

Hugh and Robyn Bannerman Visit Hawke’s Bay Artists

During May, Robyn and Hugh took advantage of the extended good weather and visited some of our artists in Hawke’s Bay.

The Bannermans, Dick Frizzell, Fane Flaws, Jo Blogg and Martin Popplewell had a great time chatting over drinks on Saturday evening, followed by a tour of the artist’s studios the next day.

Martin’s new studio was in the process of construction — he expects it to be open in August.

Fane and Jo made the sculpture between them entirely of local grapevines.

Don Peebles — a Great Mentor, and a Great Friend

It is with sorrow that we note the passing of Don Peebles in March.

Don’s role as mentor to Hugh Bannerman was enormously helpful to the success of the business, but it will be as a friend that he will be the most missed.


Visiting European Architects and Designers

Dilana Rugs recently hosted a visit from a group of architects and designers studying the wool industry in New Zealand as part of a project to develop a concept hotel incorporating wool.

The 13 top architects — from the US, Germany, Japan, UK, Spain, Netherlands, Belgium and Denmark — were joined by a New Zealand architect to take part in a challenge to design a concept hotel complex, which would incorporate wool in every possible respect.

Conceived by German-based AIT Online architecture magazine, the project was hosted by the National Council of New Zealand Wool Interests, with the aim of promoting wool as a sustainable, versatile material.

National Council chairman Stephen Fookes said the project’s aim was to bring wool back into the architecture and design industry’s awareness or “re-introduce it as an interior textile, create awareness and increase the demand of New Zealand wool as an interior textile not only into existing areas where it traditionally fits but new areas as well”.

Many of the architects had little knowledge of wool as a medium. Their visit to Dilana Rugs included an intimate look at the workshop and a chance to see the making of rugs commissioned specially for them by New Zealand Wool Services.

Michael Reed

Michael Reed Takes His Dilana Runner to the USA

Michael Reed has recently returned from the USA after taking part in the Artists Go to War exhibition, held at the private Quaker Swarthmore College, Philadelphia. The various pieces shown were on an anti-war theme.

Works included the Dilana Rugs carpet runner, “Runner for Corridors of Power, Right, Might, and Profit”; several satirical medallions with titles such as “Good Grunt”; a series of 16 hand-printed bandages (“Business as Usual”); and a hand-printed limited edition book, “StillKill”.

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