A highlight of the New Zealand pavilion at Expo ‘70 in Osaka, Japan, was the Geyser Room restaurant, designed by Whanganui architect Michael Payne.
The Meat Producers Board restaurant introduced New Zealand cuisine to around 700,000 mostly Japanese diners over the course of Expo ’70.
The Geyser Room quickly gained a reputation as one of the best restaurants at the Expo with people queuing up to sample New Zealand food including lamb, fish and kiwifruit.
Every detail of the restaurant showcased New Zealand design – from the hostess uniforms, to the Crown Lynn crockery and the leather swivel chairs, made for the Expo by Mr Payne, and now one of the most significant designs in our modern furniture-making history.
Seven million people visited the New Zealand pavilion during Expo ‘70.