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Urbis Urbis Apr/May 2018

Published bi-monthly, Urbis features stylish interiors, spaces and objects, fascinating places, interesting people, technology updates and car reviews. Through its sophisticated design, Urbis appeals to design-savvy consumers and style-makers, as well as design and architecture professionals.

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High on our list of favourite interiors are those that take art as a starting point for their design ethos and, in this issue, we are lucky enough to focus on such abodes. We look at homes that use art pieces literally and mine them for colour, forms or other motifs that are then replicated in furniture or object selection. There are others (like the Christchurch home on p. 114) where the architecture itself behaves like a commissioned artwork: combining narratives from the owners’ own lives and turning those into liveable spaces. We also tour others that find or create art and beauty in unexpected ways: from the meticulously crafted rammed-earth walls of our cover story, through to a photographer’s home in Japan, which uses shadows as its main interior palette. Keeping in…

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PETER DAVIES Peter is a Melbourne-based freelance writer. He visited a stunning renovation at St Vincent Place (page 60) where both the architect and the owner curated an incredible art collection as part of the project. Which piece most impressed you in the St Vincent Place house’s art collection? One of the most intriguing is the Christian Capurro piece in the basement, Slave 2. It’s a video recording of an original art installation by US minimalist Dan Flavin, filmed on an iPhone and projected through a glass door. It shows a flickering assembly of fluorescent tubes – it’s beautifully lo-fi and very meta. And, in terms of the architecture, which feature was the most memorable/interesting? I loved the imagination in this project. As little of the original fabric of the house remained, the new architecture…

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FRIENDLY LITTLE THING Roy Emery’s golden animal is an approachable, hairy artwork made of polyurethane and polyester tassels. Emery is one of the artists expected to attend the Auckland Art Fair this May. For this and more inspiring art, turn to page 17. A HOME FOR ART Te Papa is home to New Zealand’s national art collection – and a new gallery, recently opened at the museum, is set to make sure more of these works come out of the archives. Part of a major renewal of Te Papa’s exhibition spaces, Toi Art is a purpose-built art gallery spanning two levels of the museum. Made up of two galleries, the Boulevard and the Threshold, Toi Art is designed to be malleable. “We wanted diversity of spaces because art is sometimes giant and sometimes tiny,”…

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in focus: nightingale

In this period of rampant urban construction, there are too few exciting departures from the generic human ‘shoeboxes’ stacked over car parks – with too many bathrooms – in various shades of beige… Ask most architects how to provide affordable, sustainable, quality inner-city housing and they can talk for hours about models, concepts and approaches that could be taken, if only it weren’t for the restrictions of ‘the market’. Set against this, stands the Nightingale Housing Model – a not-for-profit social enterprise that exists to support, promote and advocate for high-quality housing that is ecologically, socially and financially sustainable – and the latest completed project, Nightingale 1. Here, the architects are “not just talking, we are fucking delivering!” as simply stated by Breathe Architecture’s founding director, Jeremy McLeod. And he is…

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things to see and do:

Leisure and APO 6 April / Auckland Kiwi music collective Leisure will combine its RnB, soul and pop blend with the symphonic forces of the APO in the first of its Session Series. The night will kick off with a DJ set and include some of Leisure’s hits, plus new songs re-imagined by the orchestra. apo.co.nz/whats-on/leisure-and-apo Here & Now Festival 20 – 23 April / Auckland The next generation of theatre talent is set to take over ASB Waterfront Theatre, with three new shows, a workshop event (held at AUT) and a presentation of works in progress by fresh new voices in the theatre scene. atc.co.nz/creative-learning/here-now-festival Celebrate Art! 26 – 29 April / Northland and Auckland This three-day event begins with VIP talks and tours at leading Auckland galleries, followed the next day by a coveted trip to Gibbs Farm.…

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urbis picks: words off the page

One of the most ideas-filled, yearly events on the Auckland calendar – Auckland Writers Festival – is back from 15 – 20 May. Here are our picks: Alex Ross and Stroma New York music critic and author of The Rest Is Noise, Alex Ross, presents a live, companion soundtrack to his book on stage with mezzo-soprano Bianca Andrew and New Zealand modern chamber ensemble Stroma. The concert will feature some of the most beautiful and intriguing compositions of the last 100 years. Mining a Life Bengali-Canadian essayist Durga Chew-Bose, Norwegian auto-fiction star Karl Ove Knausgård (pictured above), award-winning local author Catherine Chidgey and poet Anna Livesey will each share a 10-minute reading from a piece of their work which takes as its source material their own domestic life. Call on O’Connell (Street) This spirited evening’s entertainment…