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Urbis Urbis Dec/Jan 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.

What a year it has been! Including this issue, 2018 saw us put together close to 800 pages of the best interior and industrial design, and architecture of the year, and the people behind them. We have curated three special mini-magazines focusing on trends and ideas we see as poignant. These stories took us across five continents and allowed us to engage with dozens of renowned photographers and writers who share our vision and passion for the built environment and its props for living. There were hundreds of highlights, including putting together a panel with designer Marcel Wanders; starting a new section that focuses on urbanists changing New Zealand cities, one enclave at the time; and collaborating with people whose work we admire dearly (you know who you are). This year also…

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BETH BRASH AND ALICE LLOYD Siblings Beth and Alice put together our Urbanist feature about Wellington’s vibrant Cuba Street (page 22). You two have a new book out (The Cuba Street Project, Random House, $55) can you tell us about it? It’s filled with recipes to Cuba Street’s iconic dishes but it’s also filled with photos of the street, and portraits of the people that make it so special. What other similar projects have the two of you worked on together? We started a food blog about six years ago called Eat & Greet, I would go and interview chefs around Wellington to see why they do what they do. I truly believe food tastes better when you know the person making it for you. Alice designed the website and took the photos, it was…

4 min.
what’s new?

CITY LANDSCAPES This painting is by British-born student Chad Bevan, who has just completed a degree in Fine Arts at Massey University College of Creative Arts, Wellington. The artwork pictured here, Concrete Silos 10pm, a 30 x 20cm oil on board, appeared in the graduate exhibition, Exposure Exhibition – Te Kanohi Kitea. Drawing inspiration from cityscapes, Bevan says his paint handling and colour palette also drew reference from early-20th-century American painters, such as Charles Sheeler, who were influenced by the rapid industrialisation that transformed their surroundings. POWERSURGE The Auckland-based metal artisans at Powersurge have extended their focus from crafting solely bespoke solutions to manufacturing a readymade range of hand-finished brass accessories and fittings for the home. The impetus for this new range came from the ongoing demand for quality fittings in the commercial…

2 min.
things to do this summer

MARLON WILLIAMS WITH THE APO 16 February/Auckland Marlon Williams and his band The Yarra Benders will be performing for one night only at Villa Maria Winery in Mangere in February, with a set of songs from their hit album Make Way for Love, re-imagined for the tuneful accompaniment of the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra. eventfinda.co.nz CONVERSATIONS WITH NICK CAVE 17 January/Auckland A little more intimate and a bit less intense than a usual Nick Cave show, this promises to be a special evening, during which the performer opens up a conversation with the audience while also playing a few songs on piano. aucklandlive.co.nz RIGG DESIGN PRIZE 2018 Until 24 February/Melbourne Bespoke, purpose-built interior rooms by 10 leading Australian architects are on display at the National Gallery of Victoria for this year’s Rigg Design Prize. This is the first major…

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OCULUS GO VR HEADSET Oculus has continued to lead the pack in virtual reality – this time, by releasing the first self-contained VR headset. Before the release of the Go, forays into virtual worlds were somewhat hampered by the need to run a cable from the headset to a computer console or by the fact that you had to slot your smartphone into a pair of goggles. By cutting the cord and releasing the Go at a cheaper price point, Oculus has taken an important step in democratising this technology. Despite having all its running gear built into the front of the unit, the Go is surprisingly comfortable to wear, sporting an attractive mix of fabric and plastic, which is the result of extensive consultation with the garment industry. Instead of…

3 min.
the urbanists

Cuba Street is the hard-working aorta of Wellington city. Watch the morning rush of workers flowing into the city, stopping to pick up their flat whites with the speed and ease of a marathon runner’s mid-race water stop. The same rush of bodies, like a turning tide, flows back out of the city, popping into the fish market, or one the oodles of takeaway shops for noodles or nasi goreng, or stopping off for a cheeky pint at Heyday. Since its inception, Cuba Street (named after an early settler ship, not the country) has had strong connections to great hospitality and artisan goods, and, during its rich history, many iconic New Zealand brands, such as Tip Top and Fagg’s coffee, have started on the street. Today, Cuba Street teeters on…