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HOME Magazine NZ

HOME Magazine NZ October 2018

HOME covers the best New Zealand architecture, design and interiors. It features inspirational, ingenious and just plain breathtaking homes from all over the country – as well as new restaurants, exciting art and the latest furniture releases.

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New Zealand
Langue:
English
Éditeur:
Bauer Media Pty Ltd
Fréquence:
Back issues only
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2 min.
editor’s letter

For as long as we’ve had our house, I’ve hankered after an outdoor fire, though we never had the right space for it. When we renovated last year, we built a small, sheltered deck out the back; it’s two steps down from the main deck, and there’s a handy window for passing out a sundowner. There’s a big hedge, the wind shoots over the top and there’s a built-in seat. In short: it was crying out for something to burn. One afternoon, a friend rang to say he was having a new little freestanding fireplace made, and would I like one too? And finally, my wife caved, on the condition it is lit only after the children go to bed – which is fair enough, I suppose. A few weeks later,…

1 min.
contributors

Simon Wilson The seasoned photographer headed down south for our Central Otago cover home, which features on p.66. What was it that impressed you most about the cover home? The location is amazing and the house embraces it, tucking low and modestly into the hill – each wing, with its dark interior, funnels in the view of a different mountain range. How would you describe your approach when photographing a home? I like to work collaboratively with the architect and a stylist where possible. It greatly improves the end result. I plan the shoot around the light but will often re-shoot spaces many times throughout the day as they constantly change. Beyond your day job, what are your creative outlets? I love the sea and would surf every day if I could. It’s the…

1 min.
shine a light

Design— We look at a much-anticipated civic space, art awards, colour trends and stylish places to eat and imbibe.…

2 min.
civic minded

The day after Victoria on the River was revealed to the public, people buzzed into the central city park to have a nosey. There was a collective feeling that it was about time Hamilton made a meaningful connection to its river. There was a pause in the perpetual conversations in which everyone’s an expert on the central city and how it should face the Waikato River. The place was full of good feeling. “It’s funny how the negativity evaporates when it’s done,” says architect Brian White, of Edwards White, the firm that designed the park. He believes people found it refreshing to finally have a space in the city that is of its time. The civic project, which opened in January this year, has an amphitheatre-style design that lends itself to…

1 min.
votive thanks

Opening your first retail store in a converted hotel parking ramp (a three-metre wide strip with no foot traffic) could be considered a risky move. What a way to build a brand. But side-stepping commercial clichés has been key to the success of Aēsop, the botanical hair and skin-care brand that launched 31 years ago in Melbourne’s Prince Hotel. Allowing industrial designer Henry Wilson four years to develop an essential-oil burner could also be seen as a commercially compromised move. But that’s the Aēsop paradigm: understated luxury is not accomplished lightly. The result – achieved over 30-plus iterations – is part votive, part tool, part object. “Part of the fun of design is not knowing where it’s going to go,” says Wilson, who studied visual arts and fine woodwork in Australia, and…

1 min.
an aged aesthetic

In the early part of the 20th century, Italian builders started using cement as a binder in repairing old stone floors, mixing randomly sized chunks of marble and recovered flooring into a refurbished floor – an effect known as ‘Spaccato’. For those lacking a palazzo to renovate, there’s the ‘I Cocci’ range of porcelain tiles by Fioranese from Artisan Collective. A new take on a traditional form, the matte tiles feature a range of ‘gravel’ patterns in varying sizes and colours – though we like the larger patterns, which carry a warmth and a tactility. The striking collection can be used in both commercial and residential settings, and suits both contemporary and heritage spaces. Artisan Collective Artisan Collective has showrooms in Auckland and Christchurch artisancollective.co.nz…