Impala bar opens to the public

We're very pleased that Impala, an underground nightclub in Auckland CBD is open and shaking. The project has completely transformed the venue from a sticky dungeon into an eccentric urban jungle. Through the use of industrial meshing, and vibrant tropical wall paper, the space is dynamic through visual depth. The nightclub has been designed to attract a younger target market, those who crave big night out on the town, paired with live electronic music.  We've had a lot of fun working with the owners on this one, and through much collaboration we have created a unique hospitality offering for Auckland. 

Store refit for Whoopi

Think & Shift were brought on to design the new store to increase production and represent the brand language into a physical environment. Through clever utilisation of space, custom designed furniture and cabinetry, and a fresh clean aesthetic, we were able to emphasize the people behind the brand to put them and the product at the heart of the Whoopi process, meanwhile, enabling the capability to cater for large scale events.

With the artisan craft that goes into every little detail we wanted to show this off for all to see and communicate the brands transparency

.Project location: 10 Nuffield Street,
Newmarket, Auckland, New Zealand


Microsoft Surface Pro 4 Launch

Installation design for Microsoft New Zealand.

Tech giants Microsoft, approached Think & Shift to create an immersive installation to showcase the latest product release of the Surface Pro 4 into the New Zealand market. Microsoft were after something unique and contrasting to the events they’ve done in the past so we decided to mix it up and transform a once pristine, photography studio into a tech-infused jungle with faceted jelly sculptures, neon light, shards of rock, mirror plinths all intertwined in a tropical forest.


The JellyologistSiliconRogue SocietyThievery StudiosPorter Novelli

Think & Shift take out the Best

We are delighted to have been awarded three 2015 Best Design Awards, competing against the best spatial design projects in New Zealand. The Designer's Institute of New Zealand honored us with a silver award in the judge-nominated category Emerging Designer, as well as a silver in Retail Environments for our project I Love Ugly Pop Up Store and a bronze in Hospitality for Home Social Space.

Thank you so much to all involved in these projects and to the judges and organisers at Best.

5 finalists?! Thanks Best Design awards!

The Designers Institute of New Zealand have just announced the finalists for the 2015 Best Awards and Think & Shift have taken out five places across three different categories!

Our Hideaway Chair for New Shoots Educational Resources, Luxury Hammock for Lujo, Pop Up Retail System for I Love Ugly, Motion Sickness Studio for Motion Sickness Studio, and Home Social Space for Campus Living Villages all took a spot and are now contending for gold, silver and bronze later this year.

Thanks to all involved in making these projects a reality.

Think & Shift speak at Spark Festival 2015

We were honored to speak at the Spark International Festival of Media, Arts and Design this year.

James and Dan told the Think & Shift story, from its beginning as three design students throwing paint into a giant air fan, to where we are now - a holistic product and spatial design studio - four years, five re-brands and countless projects later.

We also gave a talk to local creative professionals at an industry breakfast networking event and held a student workshop on design and identity.

Our story - presentation

Industry talk and student workshop

We launch 'Unknown' for Y.S Collective

We've been working on an experimental design project for Y.S Collective which explore potential relationships between 3D printed titanium and hand craft. We recently released the first to pieces in the Unknown series - the Titanium-Jade Light and the Titanium-Tawa Table. See the products and read about the process over at the project page:

New Project posted - Design Solutions Network event exhibition

Design Solutions Network is a group of leading architectural product suppliers including Resene, Best Wood, Mercer, Hettich, Feltex and Silestone. We collaborated with graphic design studio Light Box Creative, to completely re-imagine the idea of a trade show and provide DSN with an experiential exhibition for their networking events.

Check out the full project over at our projects page:

Urbis Design Day Wrap up!

Think & Shift for BoConcept

From the team here at Think & Shift, Thank you to all who attended our installation experience at this year’s Urbis Design Day and Design day pro, at BoCocncept’s Mount Eden Showroom. It was a great couple of days of meeting new people, both from the design community and from the public, showing visitors through our Installation and having a few well desired wines to top it all off.

Think & Shift for BoConcept

 The BoConcept and Think & Shift installation for Urbis Design day 2015, consisted of a series of three mini installations, each in a white fabric-clad, free standing room or pavilion. The pavilions were designed in the form of a simplified house shape, to reference the Design Days theme of ‘Made For Living’. Each of these mini installations presented an abstract experience of a new product from the BoConcept range. The Pavilions glowed from the inside with both light and sound, in a dark and quite carpark space, next to BoConcept’s Mount Eden showroom.

Think & Shift for BoConcept

BoConcept was the perfect collaborator. They asked us to create some form of installation that would wow event goers while still fitting in with the retailer’s high quality, Danish aesthetic. Other than that, the brief was completely open. BoConcept’s marketing manager, Cam Dickey had the brilliant idea to black out an area, to create a night time-style experience, and the car park was the perfect location.

Think & Shift for BoConcept

We chose to work with the products from the BoConcept’s range and draw inspiration from them, as such that the installation experience would clearly relate to what the company offers. Three products were selected between Think & Shift and the team at BoConcept. The Monza Table, Kaleidoscope Rug and Pine Cone Lamp worked perfectly as a set and provided a beautiful start point to the project. From there, we extracted a concept from the design of each product and blew that up into a room-filling installation. We wanted to design for as many of the senses as possible, so between the three pavilions, we included not only interesting things to see but also to touch and hear.

Think & Shift for BoConcept

The Project was a mammoth task considering its tight time frame and wouldn’t have been possible without a huge amount of preparation and few favours asked. However with great help from BoConcepts in-house builder, Ash, a lot of hands on work from ourselves and a couple of late nights, we managed to pull everything together and provide an experience that we were proud to call our joint contribution to Urbis Design Day.

- Dan

New Project: Pop Up Retail System for I Love Ugly

We recently designed the I Love Ugly Pop Up Retail System. The system allows the brand to easily fit out new stores, department store concessions and Pop Up retail spaces. The display system is intended to be used for an international I Love Ugly pop up store tour in 2015 and has already allowed the brand to fitout new stores in New Zealand, since the project completion this year.

I Love Ugly just opened their brand new retail space in Takapuna's 'The Department Store', fitout out with our pop up retail system. Get along to check it out and maybe grab yourself a new shirt at the same time!

The I Love Ugly Pop up Retail System - The Department Store, Auckland

The I Love Ugly Pop up Retail System - The Department Store, Auckland

Think & Shift for BoConcept - Urbis Design Day 2015!

We are delighted to announce that we will be partnering with BoConcept, to take part in 2015’s Urbis Design Day. We’ll be designing (and probably spending late nights making) an installation experience to wow event goers, for BoConcept's beautiful showroom in Mt Eden. Our work will be in great company, next to Danish furniture, lighting and objects from BoConcept, tasty snacks from the Cool Food Company, music, drinks and more. Tickets are available now - don’t miss it!

If you’re not familiar with this wonderful event – here’s what Urbis has to say about it:

Urbis Designday will be back in 2015 on Saturday 21 March (10am to 5pm) and promises to once again be an all-day event filled with inspiration and creative flair.

Inspiring installations, great hospitality and a chance to experience design collaborations at their best are central to this Auckland event. Guests will experience the transformation of  furniture and design showrooms, thanks to the creative genius of practitioners from a broad range of disciplines including architecture, multimedia, interiors, art and photography, so prepare to be amazed by an eclectic array of installations and inspired by the New Zealand design scene.

Think & Shift article - Urbis Magazine.

We have a four page spread in the latest Urbis Magazine!

We chatted to the lovely Kirsten Mathew about the inception of Think & Shift, projects we’ve worked on, what’s next for Think & Shift and Y.S Collective and our thoughts on the future of New Zealand design.

Go and grab yourself a copy!

Thanks to Swift & Click for the photography