Expect the unexpected*

When you’re the type of person who sees things a bit differently you become aware of design opportunities that might otherwise go unnoticed. When it comes to your brand, product or service, these insights will help set it apart from the rest…

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For over 25 years DV8 Creative has been seeing things a bit differently. Working with like-minded people, creative in their own fields, we provide a personal and unique design service. Designer Stephen Canning approaches graphic design, branding, web and digital projects with a unique, highly collaborative, customer-focused approach.

Collaboration produces the best quality work – working with people who excel in their fields and work on equal terms, who seek to challenge and be challenged.

The primary collaboration is of course with the client, and by starting with the common goal of strong open communication in this relationship we achieve a high degree of success in bringing their ideas and products to the world.

Design Thinking is a proven toolset to help drive design teams toward decisions based on the experience of the customer. It focuses on their needs and objectives. Working in this process brings fresh insights, often challenging original expectations. So you can expect the unexpected.

Kermadec Restaurant
Kermadec Restaurant was a lavish maritime-influenced Auckland eatery situated at Viaduct Harbour. Overlooking the marina and fishing wharves, it specialised in seafood and Pacific cuisine. It was designed by Noel Lane Architects to reflect the diversity of Pacific Oceanic cultures and the variously themed dining rooms contained artworks from key New Zealand artists such as Max Gimblett, Elizabeth Thompson, and John Pule.
DV8 Creative was commissioned to design and produce decorative glass features throughout the restaurant complex. They included a totally glass-encased interior of a pair of dining rooms based on traditional Japanese design principles, but with an unusually beautiful and unexpected decorative theme.
The oceanic theme was explored with macro-scale marine protozoa and crustacea carved into the glass. The graphic possibilities of these extraordinary creatures were further exploited decoratively on screens doors and furnishings.
Architects: Noel Lane Architects
Glass design: Stephen Canning
Furniture: David White
Sandblasting: Stephen Canning, Sandblasting Artists

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