Artists | Humphrey Ikin

"I am looking for a little chaos within ordered constructional systems." - Humphrey Ikin

With a background that includes degrees in both Architecture and Commerce, Humphrey Ikin’s work has helped pioneer a place for furniture within the arts in New Zealand. His continued furniture commissions build on that reputation, while his recent sculpture explores fresh responses to his abiding interests in materials and measurement, structure and surface.

Humphrey has been described by Giles Reid as a “central figure in the evolution of the Pacific design movement. Since the early 1980s, when he first began to explore Polynesian forms in his furniture, writers have used his work to promote the idea of a wider New Zealand design renaissance.”

Over a career spanning nearly 30 years, Humphrey Ikin has gained international recognition. He has been acknowledged in New Zealand through receipt of the John Britten Award from the Designers Institute of NZ in 2001, and a Laureate Award from the Arts Foundation of NZ in 2003. His work is held in public collections including Auckland Museum and Te Papa: Museum of New Zealand. Ikin has also been selected by New York’s I.D Magazine as one of the top forty designers in the world.

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My work is part of an ongoing exploration of the relationships between measurement, repetition, gravity, and spatial perception.”

I am always seeking fresh ways to exploit regular structural systems, in pursuit of practical but irregular outcomes.

Humphrey Ikin, 2017