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Urbis February / March 2019

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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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in this issue

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Welcome to our first issue of 2019! We have decided to open up the year with our own, rather personal ode to the subject of ‘new luxury’. Why new? Since our last issue on the topic a couple of years ago, there has been much talk of luxury going well beyond the idea of ‘objects’ and being more centred on experiences. There has been less emphasis on being fully dependent on brand names and more emphasis on craftsmanship, regardless of the logo attached to it. Another aspect we have come across is this increased desire of consumers to know the narratives associated with their products. Who made it, where, how? What is unique about the materials? All these play a part in adding a sense of uniqueness and symbolic value to products…

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JACKIE MEIRING Jackie is an editorial and commercial photographer, who has covered architecture, interiors, portraits and fashion over the past 25 years. She photographed our cover story: the Herbst-designed house in Tutukaka on page 56. Tell us about the Tutukaka house. I love the unfolding of the house as it steps down the site revealing different views at each level. Also, the outside lanai is a beautiful space to be in; it exquisitely frames the view beyond, giving both a floating and a grounded feeling at the same time. What has been your most memorable photo shoot? That’s a hard one; each shoot has its highlights and the most current one is freshest for me. But, if pressed, the Herbst Lantern House on Waiheke would be high on that list. What lies ahead for you over…

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johnny be good

It’s difficult not to swoon over this new restaurant by Kiwi expat Briar Hickling and her Hong Kong-based architecture and interior design practice, Linehouse. Together, the team has created the most deliciously immersive interiors in an interpretation of East-meets-West for this recently opened eatery at the island’s Causeway Bay. Named after a Chinese trading interpreter who worked for the East India Company during the Qing dynasty, the ‘John Anthony’ Cantonese grill and dim sum restaurant is an exquisite fusion of exotic Eastern detailing with colonial architecture. “The whole design is referencing the retro nostalgia of a Chinese canteen brought together with a quintessentially British tea hall,” says Hickling. “One of the nicest elements of the project was working so closely with craft and with local craftspeople – all of the…

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ecc turns 110!

This year, New Zealand’s own ECC is celebrating 110 years since its inception. Founded in 1909 by George Levett Thorburn, the purveyor of global, high-end lighting and furniture is now run by Mike Thorburn and sons. The firm has become renowned for importing some of the leading design brands from Europe and personally sourcing objects of desire from the world’s top design fairs. ECC is also known as a fervent supporter of the local design industry for its regular sponsorship of events including the Interior Awards and the New Zealand Student Craft/Design Awards. It is also a key partner with Urbis. ecc.co.nz…

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in focus: rory william docherty

New Zealand fashion designer Rory William Docherty has released a collection of garments influenced by the idea of home. Urbis caught up with the designer to find out more. Urbis: Your work is inspired by your Scottish ancestry. Did you visit Scotland often as a child or do you feel it is more inherited memories of place that you work with? Rory William Docherty: I grew up in the New Zealand countryside, surrounded by family Scottish tradition. It wasn’t until I was 22 that I visited Scotland again. It’s the intertwining of the two, idealised and romanticised to create a utopian vision, that has inspired my new collection. Can you tell us about the process of creating patterns from watercolour paintings? My prints and embroideries stem from my own artwork. I alter very little…

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nomadic design

Drop everything and depart immediately for Nomad St. Moritz. The invitation-only, travelling exhibition of one-off, collectable design is currently set up in Chesa Planta, the renowned mansion in the heart of the Swiss Alps. It brings together some of the best design galleries from around the globe, such as Nilufar (Milan), David Gill (London), and others from Berlin, Oslo, Hong Kong and beyond. This year, Nomad also showcases a special project highlighting the design differences between Italy and Switzerland through the work of Carlo Mollino, Gio Ponti, Axel Einar Hjorth and the like. Nomad St. Moritz, Swiss Alps, 7–11 February 2019. nomadstmoritz.com…