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Urbis October - November 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

1 min.

Over the course of putting together this issue, we have had some fascinating conversations with kitchen and bathroom specialists – from both New Zealand and overseas – who are formulating small to large disruptors in their industry. Among some of the exciting ideas were modularity with design oomph, and luxury kitchens and bathrooms that can be leased, placed into almost any room and, eventually, returned, only to be leased again. As the shelf life of kitchen and bathroom design is reportedly becoming shorter, the repercussions of a lease model are environmentally sound and full of potential. Another chat on the theme brought up a description of these alcoves as ‘rooms for ritual’ and, as you can see through the special supplement we have put together, it is a rather fitting phrase. On…

3 min.

SIMON DEVITT Based in Auckland but active throughout New Zealand, Simon specialises in architectural photography. He is the sponsor of the Simon Devitt Prize for Photography. For this issue, he photographed the Recrafted Art House by Crosson Architects (page 102). The Recrafted Art House by Crosson Architects has a wealth of Arts & Crafts elements. Do you have a favourite design movement? What I love most about any period or design movement is what we’re able to bring to these buildings now. What Crosson has achieved with the Recrafted Art House is a great example. Who could have imagined, during the Arts & Crafts period, that such a strong, confident, modern intervention could or would be added? Love it. What impressed you about this year’s winning photograph for the annual Simon Devitt Prize for…

2 min.

IN VERSE When Margaret Atwood wrote that history rhymes, interior design was not what she had in mind. There is, however, a resonance to her words in the context of Dulux Colour Forecast 2020’s Comeback trend, which encourages a mixing of antique and modern pieces, and highlights of blue, burgundy and rust. It is not entirely from a foregone era but it does feel faintly familiar. dulux.co.nz OBJECT OF DESIRE American mobile master Alexander Calder has inspired Douglas & Bec’s Line Collection: a glowing assortment of balanced, suspended orbs that, if they weren’t fixed in place, you’d expect to start moving with the air currents. With its Line Duo Table Lamp, made of hand-blown glass bulbs and a curved brass rod, the New Zealand design studio gracefully nods to what was, at the…

3 min.
things to do

EVENTS VOGEL STREET PARTY 12 October / Dunedin After a year’s postponement, this buzzy South Island street party in the ever-so-promising Warehouse Precinct is back with a new theme – Dunedin Icons – and a fresh selection of events, activities, entertainment and feel-good food to reignite its former flame. vogelstparty.nz JAPANESE FILM FESTIVAL 11 October–22 November / Auckland, New Plymouth, Wellington, Christchurch Enjoy Japanese cinema with free-admission screenings of Keigo Higashino’s detective novels-turned-Fukuzawa-thriller The Crimes That Bind, Masaaki Yuasa’s animated adventure fantasy Lu Over the Wall, Takahisa Zeze’s teary romance The 8-year Engagement, Toshiyuki Teruya’s bone-centred Born Bone Born (image 3), Kenji Katagiri’s ghostly Room Laundering and Katsuhide Motoki’s corporate drama Recall. bit.ly/2m5H1sG HOBBITON BEER FESTIVAL 26 October and 2 November / Matamata The idea of partying like a Hobbit might not be everyone’s cup of tea… hence, this…

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urbis drive

FLAGSHIP FLIES AGAIN: Toyota GR Supra The Supra for the 21st century follows four models produced between the 1970s and the 1990s, and is the first car to be developed by Toyota’s in-house performance division, Gazoo Racing: hence, the GR initials in the full model name. The initials BMW also feature in the full background story because Toyota and BMW have shared resources to good effect in creating the brawny new Supra and new Z4 Roadster respectively. Beneath the Toyota bonnet badge sits a Munich-sourced straight-six, tuned for both high performance and a unique character. The single-turbo 3.0-litre makes the Supra big on outright acceleration and complements the old-school driving charm of a potent front-engined, rear-driven two-door with a shortish wheelbase and wide track. The mandatory eight-speed ZF auto makes a strong…

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mineral springs