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Plato - The Power of Play

Plato - The Power of Play

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  • Wed 3 Oct ’18, 11:00am – 6:00pm
  • Thu 4 Oct ’18, 11:00am – 6:00pm
  • Fri 5 Oct ’18, 11:00am – 6:00pm
  • Sat 6 Oct ’18, 11:00am – 3:00pm
  • Sun 7 Oct ’18, 11:00am – 3:00pm


PotockiPaterson Art Gallery, 41-47 Dixon St, Wellington


All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Free Admission


Plato Design

Enter the creative world of Kris Ericksen - New Zealand designer, NYCxDesign Awards Honoree* and WOW Finalist. Kris is the mastermind behind the Plato system - a flat, pliable, interlocking design concept that brings home the complementary relationship between art and functionality.

Through a spectacular display of domestic and commercial décor - lampshades, acoustic wall panels and sculpture - Mr Ericksen demonstrates how everyday practicality can be transformed into modern art.

He also tells the story of how creative exploration, and play, triggered the invention of his unique design concept, the Plato system – which forms the basis of all his designs.

The exhibition features staples from the Plato Lighting collection – the Solsträle (Sunbeam Cylinder), Trekant (Triangle Tetrahedron), Firkant (Square Cube), and the Bold (Ball Dodecahedron) – as well as bespoke creations such as the gargantuan Sværm (Cloud) chandelier. The names of the pieces are words that reflect the artist’s Danish heritage.

Also on display will be a range of Ericksen’s sculptures including Rata in Flower, a 1200mm square made from 60mm Plato base pieces and Blue Waves, a decorative wall piece or ceiling panel comprising base pieces of 90mm each.

The wall art section showcases Mr Ericksen’s contemporary ‘hush’ panels which have been developed from two designs that he entered into the World of WearableArt Awards (WOW) – Phoenix Transformer, a winged cape, in 2014 and Tane’s Korowai (cloak of the forest, featuring rata flower tabs at the end of each of the pieces), in 2015.

Constructed from 30mm base Plato pieces, Phoenix Transformer came second in the South Pacific section. The garment is currently on loan from WOW and will be on display at the entrance to the Potocki Paterson Gallery for the duration of the WOW event - from 27th September through to 14th October 2018. Tane’s Korowai was a category finalist featuring a collection of three cloaks. These will also be on display.

*Kris earned his NYCxDESIGN Awards Honoree in the Emerging Talent section, after he was invited to exhibit his lighting range at the 2016 New York Design Week.

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