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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.

Let’s be honest. Trade fairs are not the sexiest subjects with which to start a conversation about inspiring objects. For most casual fans of design, the Milan Furniture Fair might, at most, elicit fleeting hints of acknowledgement. So why, then, do so many publications – including this one – insist on sacrificing ink and pages to the event? For some years now, design and culture critics have been foretelling the death of Milan as the world’s design capital. The premature obituary writers have seen its many shortcomings in event and transport management and the rise of other, similar fairs (mainly in London and Belgium) as symptomatic of its demise. Yet one of the harshest criticisms has been that it presented design merely as a “superficial stylistic tool” (according to Alice Rawsthorn). As…

3 min.

DAVID ST GEORGE David is an Auckland-based photographer whose assignments have ranged from documenting the New Zealand Pavilion at the Venice Architecture Biennale 2016 to photographing a prize-winning sandwich in Howick. He photographed Jackie van Beek’s favourite objects (page 41). How did you decide on a career in photography? Photography had been an obsessive hobby for five or six years but translating it into a viable freelance career took a few years. Two key aspects to making it work were the support of my parents, who fed me when I had very little income, and the encouraging push to develop my portfolio from a couple of designer friends. Did any of Jackie van Beek and Jesse Griffin’s objects really stand out for you? I appreciated the glass parrot – not so much the parrot itself…

5 min.
urbis picks: architecture awards

ISAY WEINFELD AN ARCHITECT FROM BRAZIL Gestalten Brazilian architect Isay Weinfeld’s first monograph is as beautifully layered and curated as is his extraordinary range of works. His oeuvre goes from jaw-dropping residential and commercial to hospitality projects, all intimately driven by Weinfeld’s personality. In a practice spanning 45 years, Weinfeld has become one of the most sought-after architects in his homeland and, at the same time, he has maintained a strong collaboration with friend and fellow student Marcio Kogan on a number of conceptual art projects, including experimental movies with a Super 8 camera. To this day, Weinfeld sees architecture and film making as analogous: “I’m always trying to move the audience in a certain way, like a film does, but I’m trying to do this with architecture.” From Monte Carlo to Manhattan,…

2 min.
tom dixon’s new home

How much work did you have to do on these spaces? Tom Dixon (TD): They’d been a half-abandoned project by [the chef] Jamie Oliver to have his headquarters here. The infrastructure was done by David Morley but we did a lot of finishing off. You are also about to open a restaurant here. Food and being around restaurants seem to be very important to you. TD: What I’ve noticed through having a restaurant [The Dock in central London] is that you’re manufacturing every day, really quickly. And I love that. I love the speed of reaction from your customer. I love the enjoyment that you see and get back immediately. It’s an instant feedback loop. I’m partly French. I came from Tunisia and Morocco to Huddersfield when I was four. Which must have been…

2 min.
urbis’ food pick: party on a plate

This year’s theme, ‘Party’, has led New York-based, New Zealand-born food photography superstar Henry Hargreaves to put together an exhibition celebrating the uncelebratable. Hargreaves’ photographic series will celebrate the birthdays of children whose names have been deemed illegal. Birthdays that will never come is guaranteed to be provocative, innovative and perhaps even a little bizarre. It will show at Te Papa during the festival. The Country Cooking School is one of a handful of eateries that are choosing to look back in time in their interpretations of celebration. Cook’s Cook – How to experience food on board the Endeavour will treat diners to a three-course meal inspired by the one-handed cook who fed Captain James Cook and his crew. Not only will the cuisine be delicious, but it will be sure…

2 min.
things to do and see this season

NZ Mountain Film and Book Festival 29 June – 7 July / Wanaka, Cromwell and Queenstown If your idea of winter adventure is about viewing snow and mountains from the warmth of a firelit room, this festival is your ticket. It is a nine-day celebration of adventure sports, mountain lifestyles, travel, storytelling and environmental issues, with events located at some of the most picturesque venues in the country. mountainfilm.nz Matariki Festival 30 June – 22 July / Auckland This year, more than 100 events will be held to celebrate Matariki Auckland-wide. Beginning with a dawn karakia, the festival will be filled with music, kapa haka performances, street dancing, kite-flying events and plenty of great kai. matarikifestival.org.nz Light Nelson 6 – 10 July / Nelson This biennial event turns Nelson’s winter streets into a glowing outdoor gallery. Among others: this year,…