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Urbis August - September 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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Sculpture, brutalism, neon lights… action. The majority of projects featured in this issue are tied together by an innate sense of drama: by gestural moves that seek not to be modest and humble but to express proudly the bold and adventurous personalities of those that inhabit these spaces. There is an eclectic home in Portugal (page 78) which manages to incorporate a sculpture of Bart Simpson, a stuffed tiger and classic furniture (among many other influences) under one leather-covered roof. There is a home in Mexico (page 116) that uses strong, modernist, art-gallery-like interiors with light installations to accomplish a dreamy, surrealist mood. We travelled to Melbourne to visit both a home in the bohemian enclave of Fitzroy (page 106) and the increasingly significant Denfair design fair, then jumped over to Sydney to…

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ELLIOT FERGUSON Elliot Ferguson is a graphic designer, an occasional comic-book artist and a design contributor to Urbis magazine. He has worked in publishing for artists’ books, auction catalogues and design magazines. Tell us about a memorable project you’ve worked on this year. This issue includes the incredible home of Jacques Bec and Artur Miranda (page 78). These are the kinds of spaces that are exciting to work on: where you can see the owners and get a real sense of their personalities and characters. What are some of the most interesting things that you have seen coming out of the design world recently? One would be 3D rendering; it is that ability to create unimaginable objects, textures and forms that lead to totally unexpected and futuristic-like designs. I’ve watched Jesse Kanda’s work more times…

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MASTER STROKE Renovating famed brasserie La Lorraine, located in Paris’ 17th arrondissement, marks another notch in the impressive belt of Maison&Objet’s Designer of the Year, Laura Gonzalez. So, too, does its almost-100-metre-long marine fresco. Read about Maison&Objet, objects of desire and much more in the following pages. HEART OF GLASS A capital ‘M’ is emblazoned on the front door of a store on the corner between Grey Lynn and Ponsonby. As letters go, it’s an important one; circled in black, it marks the beginning of Monmouth Glass Studio’s expansion into retail. For the brand’s founders and chief craftsmen, Stephen Bradbourne and Isaac Katzoff, this launch is a moment that’s been years – six, from their business’ inception – in the making, culminating when their desire to maintain a presence in central Auckland aligned with the…

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to be fair

KING LIVING This renowned Australian furniture brand launched – among other stunning items like the Strata II Sofa (pictured above) and the Luna Chair – a new collaboration with local design wunderkind Tom Fereday. The 33-year-old rising star unveiled his much-lauded studio in 2012 and began creating furniture and lighting designs, often for brands such as Louis Vuitton, Zenith and Studiokyss. The industrial designer and King Living have spent the last two years seeking to integrate electricity into a desk. The idea is that each leg can be used independently as a hidden power point that can house a lamp, a wireless charging station and, eventually, other pieces; hence, the need for an unsightly web of cabling behind otherwise beautifully designed furniture is eliminated. At Denfair, Fereday revealed the ETO range. “The brief from…

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things to do

EVENTS TIM ROSS: THE MID CENTURY PROJECT (EDITOR’S PICK) 24 August–6 October / Christchurch A sophisticated mixture of comedy, music and architecture/design critique by comedian and design enthusiast Tim Ross. Ross – recently awarded the National President’s Prize by the Australian Institute of Architects – will explore the beautiful CoCA building and modernist architecture by way of photographs, videos and poster art of Christchurch’s buildings and beyond. coca.org.nz SEMI PERMANENT 15–17 August / Auckland Influential creatives from around the world – Chris Novak, head of the Xbox design studio at Microsoft, Ian Spalter, head of design at Instagram, and media artist Refik Anadol, to name a few – will be presenting at this design event. In between talks, see Light Leaks, a darkened room filled with hundreds of ‘structured light scans’ projected onto 50 disco balls.…

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golden treatment

When boutique hotel SO/Auckland opened its doors late last year, it was the playful rooftop bar and Michelin-starred chef’s restaurant that bedazzled from on high. But the lure of what was to come in the former Reserve Bank’s gold vaults also beckoned by way of a marble stair leading to an exclusive underground sanctuary. Today, guests to Auckland’s newest luxury spa, the SO/SPA, can enjoy a fitness facility, pool area and spa, either for one-off visits or as members of the recently launched SO/SPA Collective. The Spa Menu is suitably creative, as you would expect from this edgy hotel, including an experiential volcanic stone massage, iconic Tibetan beats and an Aroha goddess ritual. After a Gaia Earth mineral-rich mud wrap and a Mama’s kombucha, guests float out of the spa with…