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Home New Zealand February 2020

HOME covers the best New Zealand architecture, design and interiors. It features inspirational, ingenious and just plain breathtaking homes from all over the country – as well as new restaurants, exciting art and the latest furniture releases.

New Zealand
Parkside Media
$7.40(Incl. tax)
$37.07(Incl. tax)
6 Issues

in this issue

2 min

I’ve found myself on the other end of the publishing process this issue: after umming and ahhing for months, there’s a little story (p. 76) on our old house in Beach Haven, Auckland, in our annual renovation special. It has been a strangely exposing experience, giving me a glimpse of what owners and architects go through every time we write about a house they’ve laboured on for years. Indeed, as I write this I’ve just had a mild freak-out and have asked our long-suffering designer Sara Black to have another look at the layout. What about that angle? But you can’t see this! Can we have another look at the shoot? Oh no not that one – I always hated that bit! On the verge of pulling it entirely, I had to…

3 min

Michael Moore-Jones At the University of Oxford, Michael wrote his thesis on Gordon Walters. In this issue, he wrote about a beautifully restrained house in Marlborough designed by Stuart Gardyne (p. 94). You recently moved to Auckland from Wellington via Oxford, tell us a little about this path? Wellington is home, but I grew up internationally and then studied in the UK, the US and Singapore. At some point while I was at Oxford, it hit me that despite the marvels in the galleries and libraries, what really mattered to me was all the culture we have in New Zealand. It’s such an exciting time here right now, and I didn’t want to keep watching from afar. You wrote a story for us (August/September 2018) about the Wellington home by Ernst Plischke that…

4 min
crafted detail

Paul Webber— There was originally a little red Fibrolite house on the site that my aunt bought in 1979. My wife Sue and I have been going there for holidays since about 1981 and our kids, Tim and Rachel, have grown up going there every year for holidays. The brief to Paul was to create a relaxing beach home that could be enjoyed by the family for many generations to come. We have the greatest trust in Paul – he did a fantastic redesign of our Auckland home and has become a friend over the years. The house is 300 square metres, including the decks, on a 400 square-metre site. It’s walking distance to both the harbour and beach. We get there and we don’t want to leave. We love the attention…

1 min
making light

We’re a little torn about Auckland’s newest and largest piece of art. ‘Work No. 2950: WHATEVER’ by the British artist and 2001 Turner Prize winner, Martin Creed, does exactly what it says on the tin – the word “WHATEVER” flashes at the city in huge neon letters. On one level we think the privately funded publicly displayed work is fantastic; a way to embrace and celebrate Auckland’s growing diversity. Look! We’ve grown up! The artist’s accompanying statement – which reads like a poem or lyrics (he’s also a musician) – uses the word ‘whatever’ as an all-inclusive refrain and seems to support this interpretation. But we’re also a little bothered by what could be perceived as a blasé statement, a nonchalant shrug, given the precarious state of the world. Maybe it’s both…

1 min
snack size

When I lived in Berlin, one of my favourite spots in the city was a Korean hole-in-the-wall called Angry Chicken. A dark little place lit by a neon sign, the fried chicken was always cooked to perfection – fresh, hot, crispy. Punters picked their preferred anger level, from friendly (no spice), through ‘so angry’ and ‘so, so angry’, all the way to ‘furious’ – which was hotter than the seventh circle of hell. So when I found out about Obar Snack Bar – a new lunch spot specialising in Korean fast food in Auckland’s Chancery – I didn’t delay a visit. The food is excellent, the portions are enormous, and the fit-out brings a welcome bit of Seoul to the CBD. Obar Snack Bar is part hole-in-the-wall and part diner: the room…

4 min
civic unions

Most great cities around the world have at least one iconic public space: a square or meeting place where all the best aspects of civic life play out. Great public spaces provide backdrops for festivals and celebrations, act as meeting points for families and friends, and become focal points for demonstrations and expressions of community values. Given the ad hoc way many of our cities have grown and evolved, New Zealand doesn’t have a great track record in this regard. With rare exceptions – Dunedin’s Octagon, for instance, or Cathedral Square in Christchurch before the earthquakes – our public spaces often feel more like they’re meant to be passed through than stopped in. Thankfully, things are beginning to improve. With more of us taking up urban living and foregoing cars for bikes,…