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Urbis December 2019 - January 2020

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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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One of our main roles here at Urbis is that of ‘selector’. Our daily job entails looking at a variety of homes, images, texts, products, locations, interesting individuals, etc., and making fairly gut-driven decisions about their merits. If anyone were to dissect the reasons why one is chosen over another, they would surely seem minuscule to pretty much any (more reasonable!) human being. Yet, it is through a grouping of minute details that we come to envisage a whole and, if every detail encompasses beauty or craftsmanship or intelligence or comfort or honesty or personality, then the whole is likely to carry a similar overall ethos. This process of selection is particularly relevant to this issue for several reasons. On pages 59–83, we have picked some of the pieces of furniture,…

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MELANIE MCDAID Melanie is the founder of Sloane & Peach. Alongside managing her cross-disciplinary firm, Melanie writes for leading industry publications and advocates on flexible working. For this issue, she wrote about the year 2020 (page 34). What were the challenges in future-forecasting for next year? Trying to avoid taking everyone else’s predictions on board and really considering what I’ve seen this year that I think will become big in 2020 was the biggest challenge. It was helpful to take cues from all aspects of the creative world – fashion, art, architecture, academia, travel and more. Once these little hints from all of these disciplines were pulled together, some forecasts were visible. Has biophilia influenced your approach to projects at your own studio, Sloane & Peach? I have always tried to connect myself and my…

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OCEAN BUBBLES This subaquatic-inspired installation at Design Miami by Parisian gallery Scene Ouverte is composed of only two pieces (Bubble armchair and Coral light sculpture by Léa Mestres and William Coggin), yet it manages to create a delightful, fresh mood, which is perfect for this warm season. For more summer-ready objects, turn the page. ON SHOW Premium German appliance manufacturer Miele has brought another shopping outpost to the capital with its newly opened showroom, nestled down in Featherston Street. Titled the Miele Experience Centre Wellington, it’s the family-owned brand’s second store in the city that showcases its sleek product range for the home in high gloss. Rooms are lustrous and act as immersive spaces where you can engage in product demonstrations and learn from experts teaching induction stove usage, giving tutorials about unlocking the…

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things to do

01. PERFUME PLAYGROUND CLUB 12 December / Auckland Indulge your olfactory senses with this natural fragrance class in Ponsonby. Make your own scent from Perfume Playground’s fragrance bar, smell more than 50 notes at its scent lab and learn about flower essences, essential oils and isolates in this playful science session for your nose. perfumeplayground.co 02. LOUIS THEROUX WITHOUT LIMITS 10 January / Auckland The life and lens of documentarian Louis Theroux come to Auckland for one night only. Hosted by Julia Zemiro and accompanied by guest Megan Phelps-Roger, this two-hour show will see the ever-curious connoisseur of awkward moments discuss the subcultures in which he’s immersed himself and bring into focus some of the most memorable experiences from his 20-year career. louistherouxliveonstage.com 03. BIENNALE OF SYDNEY (EDITOR’S PICK) 14 March – 8 June / Sydney This iteration…

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summer sounds

01. SUMMER SOLSTICE 20 December / Hastings Celebrate the middle of the sun-filled season with a day of performances by drum and bass act Shapeshifter, electronic duo The Upbeats, aptly named Sunshine Sound System, and acoustic maestro Tiki Taane as the day’s MC. madcapmusic.co.nz 02. L.A.B. SUMMER TOUR 27 December / New Plymouth, 28 December / Coromandel Continue the music circuit and lap up some reggae from the end-of-year tour of Kiwi group L.A.B., accompanied by indie-meets-pop-meets-rock groups Mako Road and Soaked Oats, at New Plymouth’s Butlers Reef and The Coroglen Tavern on the Coromandel. loop.co.nz 03. AN ORCHESTRAL RENDITION OF DAFT PUNK 18 January / Auckland The helmeted and begloved French electronic duo behind a multitude of award-winning beats will have its songs played by Sydney’s Alternative Symphony. While it may seem like an unlikely recipe for…

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100 SCULPTORS OF TOMORROW by Kurt Beers, Thames & Hudson, $90 The emerging artists in this sizeable tome were plucked from the present day by a jury of curators, academics, art historians and collectors, and by what resembled an open casting call. The result is a catalogue that tugs at fundamental questions – What constitutes sculpture? How, in such a varied and subjective industry, do you pick 100 people? – while offering a kaleidoscope of form, some kinetic, some textile, some rooted in technology and science, and some land art. It makes for a fresh dip into the realm of the tangible. BILL CUNNINGHAM: ON THE STREET: FIVE DECADES OF ICONIC PHOTOGRAPHY by The New York Times, Clarkson Potter, $120 A Frenchman’s work jacket was part of Bill Cunningham’s mythology. The legendary New York Times…