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HOME Magazine NZ

HOME Magazine NZ December 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.

New Zealand
Bauer Media Pty Ltd
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6 Issues

in this issue

2 min.
editor’s letter

For the past few years, my material aspirations for a getaway haven’t extended much beyond more camping gear. Specifically: for a couple of years we lusted after a new tent. One of those new ones with multiple rooms and mosquito nets on the windows, a central area to set up a kitchen and an area out the front for sitting in at night. We’d prowl the campground with the toddlers, eyeing up other people’s tents, then Googling to find the price. Then came last summer. Remember that really big storm? The one that combined with a king tide and flooded campgrounds and bridges around the country? “First storm of the year may hit New Zealand in days” announced The New Zealand Herald. NIWA tweeted the potential for an ‘atmospheric river of…

3 min.

Simon Devitt The photographer travelled to Wanaka, the Coromandel and Mahurangi to cover a host of getaways for us. You’ve shot a few retreats for this issue – what makes a good one? We’re spoilt in New Zealand to have so many incredible and varied landscapes. Added to that, we all have our own unique flavour of what our retreat should look like and how it needs to perform. So, it’s a very personal view on what makes a good one. I think the site or location lead the manner in which the designs are imagined and ultimately conceived. I really enjoy distance and isolation, modesty and a kind of earned comfort. Simplicity. Any plans for a getaway of your own? All of my energy is currently absorbed by my current getaway, my…

1 min.
shadow play

Design— Architectural literature, products, a showroom and a home tour are just a few highlights to be found in this issue.…

2 min.
natural step

“The building is home for many creative things,” says designer Matt Smith of Dorset Street, the cellar door and urban winery he has opened in Christchurch. “We’ll be making wine, designing and printing small publications, creating furniture, collaborating with other craftspeople and more.” For now, Smith sells Garage Project beer and on-tap natural wine from North Canterbury. Design projects happen out the back and in March, he’ll produce his first wines from locally sourced grapes. Why did you set it up? I spent many years designing and building spaces and I was always disappointed the day I had to hand them over. I then worked for a large architecture practice in Auckland and realised that wasn’t for me, so I returned to Christchurch and set up Dorset Street. Tell us about the…

1 min.
mobile home

Architect Anna-Marie Chin interprets branding in surprising ways, and relates it to context. It may be the country’s smallest car showroom: Lexus’ new presence in Queenstown designed by local architect Anna-Marie Chin fits just one vehicle. “The client wanted to push the boundaries,” says Chin. “Our vision was to create a destination, not a dealership.”. Until the building opened, Lexus didn’t have a retail presence in Queenstown, although cars had been serviced there for years. Now, on a very public roundabout in a shopping area near the airport, there’s a small steel-and-glass building designed in such a way that it can be easily replicated, or moved. Chin has managed a rare thing with the design: embodying the DNA of a brand, while still managing to make it appear as a standalone piece of…

1 min.
on tour

You came from as far as Christchurch and made your way around five Auckland homes via car, bike, Zoomy and even – truly – Lime scooter. And we loved hosting you in five favourite homes that have featured recently in the magazine. The day started at 10am on a sunny Saturday in November, and progressed at an easy, languid pace – there was plenty of time to take in the buildings and chat with owners and architects. At the Point Chevalier home of Guy Tarrant, discussion was all about the moat around the pool, and those incredible clerestory windows. At the Mt Albert ‘Compound Pavilion’, it was about the brilliance of building two dwellings for one family on the same site. In Mt Eden, Dave Strachan explained the combination of environmentally friendly…