Art & Architecture

Urbis April - May 2020

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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5 Issues

in this issue

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Many of the conversations we have with architects and designers often lead to discussions about influences and inspirations that, most of the time, have little to do with the world of design itself. Visual arts, music, dance, literature and the like are often quoted as catalysts for some of the most inspiring spaces, and, in this issue, we sought to explore those connections and the nebulous middle ground where they coincide. In our Shorts section, we preview two homes that act as public urban sculptures (one in Wanaka, another one in Auckland) and chat to an artist with a penchant for surrealism who has become a homewares designer with a passion for minimalism. For our cover story, we step into the artful living quarters of two industrial designers. We explore houses in…

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The gallery Extended photographic coverage of the stories in this magazine gives you more interiors, architecture, people, art and beyond! Digital edition Browse Urbis magazine on your tablet or smartphone; it’s available on the Zinio app. Follow us on Instagram and Facebook for the latest design news. More information is at urbismagazine.com Interviews Access extended interviews with the minds behind some of the homes and events within this issue, such as interior designers from Grade New York, Apparatus, authors coming to the Auckland Writers Festival plus others.…

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Dean Cornish New Zealand-born Dean Cornish is a director, producer and writer based in Los Angeles. When not working in exotic destinations, he can be found tinkering with gadgets, taking photographs or roaming the Hollywood Hills with his small, scruffy dog. What interests you about the ways in which technology has been developing? This is going to be an interesting and possibly chaotic year for technology. On the unknown side is the roll-out of 5G mobile technology, the continued development of AI and machine learning, and the continued way in which our realities are challenged by what we see online. On the positive side, we’re seeing businesses, cities and individuals becoming more accountable for their environmental impacts; this can now be achieved and measured more easily, thanks to a myriad of ‘green’ tech…

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String quintet The Laurent collection, a sleek variety of suspended opaline globes by Montreal-based Lambert & Fils, calls upon delicate-looking support systems. Here, thin, polished brass and parallel wires work together like sculptural cogs to keep five glassy forms afloat. backhouse.co.nz Branching off Markus Hofko, formerly based in New Zealand, is a multi-hyphenate whose curriculum vitae includes graphic designer, director, actor, music composer, publisher and artist. Recently, he returned to Germany, his home country, and started another exciting chapter: a furniture and homewares label called Von Morgen. “I came from a rather digital-oriented field of graphic design and, over the years, I tended to execute my work in an analogue manner, using photography in combination with object or set design to realise an idea,” says Hofko of the brand’s origins. “At the same time,…

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things to do

The Artist 24 March–11 April / Wellington Thom Monckton’s The Artist, a solo-physical comedy on the obstacles of creativity and the chaos that ensues for Monckton’s painter-character, is coming to Circa Theatre. circa.co.nz Ocean Film Festival World Tour 25 March–2 May / Various locations Over two hours of six short films by independent film-makers on ocean exploration, marine life, sports and more will be on screens in Auckland, Christchurch, Dunedin, Nelson, Tauranga and Wellington. oceanfilmfestivalworldtour.com/new-zealand Transmission: Kereama Taepa Until 3 May / Auckland Using a combination of virtual reality, 3D-printing techniques and whakairo (carving), Kereama Taepa brings his innovative edge to te ao Māori in this exciting exhibition curated by Ane Tonga. objectspace.org.nz Auckland Art Fair 29 April–3 May / Auckland With its 2019 iteration resulting in the sale of more than $9 million worth of art, the 2020 Auckland Art Fair is…

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The House of Glam Gestalten, approx. $150 Too much, even as the vaguest of quantities, seems as if it does not exist in this book. Yet there is something measured, even precise, in the interiors it contains. From a library with a gold-leaf ceiling to an apartment with a style dubbed ‘exotic futurable’, they have all required a well of wit, in the sense of imaginative thinking and shrewd intelligence. The pocket of young designers pushing this maximalism forward has, in turn, found ingenious ways to make rooms feel like more than rooms, as if the spaces were, instead, identities or extensions of identities. The House of Glam is a rip-roaring ride into an assortment of visual feasts from homes around the world, serving insights on expressive decoration from some of its…