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Urbis April - May 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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For this issue, we had the privilege of visiting the homes of artists, curators, publishers, designers, purveyors of design and those whose personal spaces reflect their constant quest for uniqueness. Along the way, we came across a few recurring themes. Some were expected, such as an emphasis on detail (the house presented in our cover story and the home in Auckland’s Greenhithe have some delicious detailing), the reliance on art, and the selection of seemingly disparate furniture and lighting. Some other trends in creative spaces were slightly more unexpected, such as the usage of sculptural staircases and a penchant for materials that create tensions: timber and concrete; stone and glass. We also visited Dunedin to catch a glimpse of the ever-so-impressive Vogel Street and meet the creatives there, who are turning it from…

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GRETA VAN DER STAR Greta photographed the Mount Albert home featured on the cover and on page 116. She is an Auckland-based photographer working with mixed media, such as film, 8mm and video. You work a lot in fashion; what was it like photographing a home and are there any similarities in your approach? I’ve always shot architecture and spaces on film – some just for myself. I guess it’s a quieter process; you follow the light around the space and watch it change throughout the day. Where has your photography taken you recently? I’m writing this from Marfa, Texas, where we have been touring Donald Judd’s spaces. I have a film camera with me and no assignments so it’s been a nice time to be curious with the camera and the landscape. Later in…

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SMOOTH CURVES Danish architects Norm make simplicity look… so simple! Their 2018 sofa collaboration with Japanese wood furniture masters Karimoku cemented their reputation for clean, pleasing lines that are distinctly contemporary. For these new Utility stools, the designers have opted for something more organic, with a touch of retro and unique proportions and heights to make them all the more alluring. fogia.se GRANDE ET PETITE, AT ONCE New Zealand designer Hayden Martis first came across this small quarry in the foothills of the French Pyrénées while searching for an elusive block of stone for a series of large sculptural works. The quarry had been worked by the Romans thousands of years ago and then, later, had been the subject of a search by Louis XIV for the extravagant finishes of Versailles but, happily,…

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the urbanists

Dunedin has had its fair share of unique, creative expressions. One need only think of Flying Nun Records, iD Dunedin Fashion Week, the spooky and quirky Museum of Natural Mystery or architectural studio Van Brandenburg. The best personification of this recent wave of vibrancy, however, is Vogel Street, in what has become known as the Warehouse Precinct. Geographically, the street makes sense as an area for regeneration: it is a manageable strip of around seven blocks, stitched by some of the best heritage buildings of the precinct. It might eventually connect the city centre to any upcoming harbour redevelopments – the proposals for which are jaw-dropping. At Vogel Street’s heart is a respect for the city’s architectural history and a concerted effort to create strong systems that will sustainably improve and…

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MADAME SONIA DELAUNAY: A POP-UP BOOK by Gérard Lo Monaco, Tate Publishing, $42 The pervasiveness of childhood objects for adults has been remarkable in recent years. Take, for instance, the sales of adult colouring books, which skyrocketed in 2015, the steady popularity of video games, the avalanche of work commuters on e-scooters and the surplus of onesie pyjamas for comfort-inclined gentlemen and gentlewomen. Therapeutic ends aside, their new-fangled success can be traced back to one essential truth; they’re fun. Argentinian paper expert Gérard Lo Monaco’s small tome Madame Sonia Delaunay: A Pop-Up Book, which joined the aptly named ‘Peter Pan market’ the same year that adult colouring books began selling out, has this quality in abundance. This is partly because Lo Monaco’s gouache illustrations are bold, not least for their attempt to…

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things to do

EVENTS SEMICONDUCTOR: THE TECHNOLOGICAL SUBLIME Until 14 July / Wellington See the effervescent work of Semiconductor, a UK artistic duo that regularly collaborates with NASA, CERN, the Smithsonian, the Charles Darwin Research Station and other similar institutions. This exhibition marries science and art to beautiful effect. citygallery.org.nz AUCKLAND WRITERS FESTIVAL 13–19 May / Auckland If you love wordsmithery, this year’s Auckland Writers Festival at the Aotea Centre won’t disappoint. Notable participants include BAFTA-winning rapper and writer Akala, designer and writer Zachary Thomas Dodson, Pulitzer Prize-winner Andrew Sean Greer, A Ladder to the Sky and The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas author John Boyne, 2018 Women’s Prize for Fiction winner Kamila Shamsie and Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki curator Mary Kisler. Enjoy readings, script-free storytellings and off-site writing classes. writersfestival.co.nz GUERRILLA GIRLS: REINVENTING THE ‘F’ WORD –…