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Urbis Urbis Oct/Nov 2018

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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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Loud, banging, kapow and with a touch of LOL. That’s how I’d describe the kitchen on our cover. We knew it’d be divisive – the Carmen Miranda meets Liberace aesthetic is not for the faint hearted – but that’s what drove us to it. It is daring and explosive. It doesn’t shy away from… well, much. If anything, this Madrid apartment has to be commended for its uniqueness and the bold spirit that conceived it. For this issue we ran across several individuals and spaces that encapsulate a similarly playful, confident vibe. A villa with a bad boy persona, illustrators, pieces of art and textiles with a cheeky side to them, hotels with colourful twists. That sense of fun is also carried through to some of the trends we encountered while researching…

3 min.

EMILY HLAVÁČ GREEN Emily is a photographer and director whose work spans travel, portrait, lifestyle and food. She has taught fashion photo workshops in China, worked in-house for Annabel Langbein and now lives in New York. She photographed Danu Kennedy (page 41). What took you to New York? The vibrant, crazy pace of New York has always been a dream and a challenge; I knew I needed to try it. My partner is a creative too; it was a new perspective of career and lifestyle we both were seeking after being in New Zealand. Do you have a favourite spot to hang out in? If I’m not strolling through the midtown flower district or eating dumplings in Chinatown, I’m usually in Brooklyn – meeting friends at a dive bar or drinking coffee amongst the plants…

8 min.

THE RITE OF SPRING The fresh, the luscious and the plain vibrant new offerings in the world of hotels, homewares, colour trends, books, cars and beyond. Pictured here: The Secant coffee table, an elegant piece topped in either marble or Norwegian granite. From the latest Warm Nordic collection available locally from Good Form. goodform.co.nz KITCHENS EXTRAORDINAIRE Kitchen Things – the retail subsidiary of 32-year-old New Zealand appliance company The Jones Family Business – opened its Luxury Collection Showroom in the heart of Auckland’s Newmarket in August. The elongated, 850m former mechanical engineering workshop acts as an experience centre for multiple appliance brands and complementary furniture, tapware and bathroom specialists. The list of suppliers reads like a who’s who of the high-end market and includes European and North American offerings, such as Smeg, Miele, Gaggenau,…

4 min.
food & drink

FAST, FRESH AND FUN PASTA Right over the road from Leonardo and Lorenzo Bresolin’s Scopa Caffé Cucina, the brothers have opened 1154 pastaria in the old Hallenstein Brothers shop and machine workroom space. This latest offering is all about fresh pasta and classic sauces done really well – it’s simple, casual dining at great prices, with a focus on fresh, organic and local. The wine list is short and changed out daily and pasta fans can also take away 1154’s ingredients to cook at home. The Bresolins enlisted the help of Precinct 35’s Prak Sritharan to design the interior, with Italian mosaics and tiles, vintage prints and hand-picked furniture coming together with the building’s original front door and stained-glass windows to create a well-lived-in, welcoming vibe. Sunday Best worked on the…

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things to do and see this season

The Guerrilla Collection 2 – 4 November / Auckland Black Grace, Arts Laureate Neil Ieremia and a host of other bold, Pacific voices join forces in this three-day, free festival. It features 30-minute movement pieces that explore the future of Auckland from a Pasifika perspective. blackgrace.co.nz Show Me Shorts 6 October – 25 January / nationwide The short film festival launches on 6 October and is followed with dates and showings all over the country in the following months. This year’s festival places South Korean film-makers in the spotlight. showmeshorts.co.nz Frank Gehry and Paul Goldberger 22 October / New York To celebrate the 70th anniversary of Philip Johnson’s iconic Glass House and to raise money for its preservation, this event brings two of the most distinguished names in architecture to the newly reopened Four Seasons Restaurant for a…

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PANCAKE BOT Take the Pancake Bot, for example. It’s a product that allows you to design, download and 3D print your own pancakes. Whilst some may see this as a harbinger of the final stages of Western civilisation, it’s also actually a pretty cool device that allows the family to learn about food science, 3D printing and design. The Pancake Bot comes with software which facilitates the design process and provides access to a database of manufacturer’s templates. Once you upload the design, the machine acts much like a printer – but, instead of ink on paper, it puts batter onto a hot griddle, using the cooking process and layering to achieve lighter and darker shades. It’s fiddly and requires a lot of trial and error, and your batter had better…