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Best Zettel'z

6 November 2019

Every year, the Best Design Awards celebrates excellence in graphic, spatial, product, interactive and motion design within the design community in New Zealand.

On the evening of this year's event, guests were asked to participate and contribute to the 'Best' Zettel'z pendant with an illustration of ‘an object that inspires them the most’.

ECC was lucky to view all the entries to select one favourite. We met with the winner Ethan, who later received the one-of-a-kind Zettel’z pendant with submissions from the event to take home.

Watch the full interview below.


For nearly sixty years, Ingo Maurer nurtured a memorable design career, notable for his experimentation with the realms of materiality that can be used to diffuse light.

1997, Ingo released what would be one of his most iconic designs, the Zettel’z pendant. Celebrating creativity, Zettel’z offers a canvas for expression, every component of the design curated for creative interaction with the user, from installation to light output, overall form and graphics.

The structure is comprised solely of satin-frosted ­glass, stainless steel and 90 pieces of Japanese paper, subtly diffusing the light emitted. Sitting expansive or compact, the final pendant is a compilation of participatory design.

Many special editions have since followed, but the original is held in permanent collections of Museums world over, including MOMA in New York.