homestyle June/July 2021

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New Zealand
The Pluto Group Ltd
6 Issues

in this issue

2 min
editor’s note

“There actually are enough hours in the day to enjoy both work and play.” I happily hit the ground running at the start of this year, but as the months have ticked by, I’ve let my work-life balance slide a bit. Putting together this substantial new issue, it’s been comforting to be reminded I’m not the only one who’s keeping multiple plates spinning — and that there actually are enough hours in the day to enjoy both work and play. Phase one of my plan for scheduling more restorative time for myself involves finding a few more good books to lose myself in, and top of the pile is Still Life by Amber Creswell Bell (page 26). I’ve long admired Amber as an author, curator and cheerleader for the arts, and her…

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SEA HERE & THERE Not all art has to hang on the wall and this sculptural beauty is an investment piece that’ll bring you joy in vignettes all over the house. It’s by Auckland’s Jark Pane, who’s definitely one to watch — and, incidentally, a classical pianist. Inspired by the seaside and her love of nature, Jark’s debut collection Soraā: Tones of the Tide includes an exquisite array of blown- and cast-glass objects, like this Soraā shell (Korean for ‘conch’, in homage to her heritage), which ever so slightly changes colour throughout the day, depending on the light. LOOPED IN Keeping you abreast of recent happenings in architecture, FYI West Auckland’s mid-century masterpiece Brake House (designed by architect Ron Sang in the 1970s for photographer Brian Brake) has had a bit of an…

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exhibit a

The root of today’s terrariums, the Wardian case was developed in the 19th century and used to transport plants from Europe around the globe. However many years later, an ongoing art project is examining its influence on modern environments and the travel of botanicals to and from Aotearoa, plus people’s connection with plants, and the conflict between economic, social and environmental wants and needs. Florist/artist Felicity Jones and photographer Mark Smith’s journey began with Case Studies in the North Island in 2019, and now Case Studies South has seen them hit the road again to tell South Island stories, on a trip timed to coincide with the blooming of a controversial import — Otago’s lupins. “There are so many different angles when studying the lupins, so it was great to meet…

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on the shelf

Still Life by Amber Creswell Bell (Thames & Hudson, $65) Fruit bowls and flower-filled vases may be still-life mainstays, but don’t let that fool you into thinking that makes this type of art in any way banal. As Sydney arts writer, curator and author of this illuminating book Amber Creswell Bell explains, although they’re frequently more familiar and accessible than modern art, still-life works can contain significant meaning, exploring the senses and moral and intellectual ideas via glimpses into our everyday existence. Forty-one Australian artists are profiled here, all with distinct styles and all to be celebrated for their skill in conveying human narratives in the absence of an actual human. Among them is Julian Meagher, who’s become known for painting cask-wine bladders as a way to investigate our relationship with alcohol.…

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edge ways

Bespoke built-ins and soothing curves feature heavily in this new favourite fit-out — the Bond Street apartment by US design firm Home Studios, who modernised the New York dwelling within a landmark 1925 building for a young family. Subtly encouraging a sense of playfulness, the curves are a nod to late Finnish architect Alvar Aalto’s shapely forms, but it’s the contrasting edging that enhances them — such as this headboard’s walnut timber and the copper borders around the door frames and skirtings — that really gets us going. It’s an effect you could also achieve with paint, amid pieces like these in calming neutrals offset by moody blue and rich earth tones. 12. Stevie vase by Marloe Marloe, $420,…

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book smart

So Emily, what was Cheshire Architects’ intention for these spaces bookable for everything from meetings to private parties? We designed the spaces — The Lounge, The Wine Library, The Chef’s Library and The Pupuke Room — to be as welcoming for a couple enjoying an intimate breakfast as they are for a group around the chef’s table experiencing an exquisite dégustation menu by executive chef Tom Hishon. Can you explain the thinking behind the colour and material palettes? We wanted The Libraries to have a unique fingerprint that could never be repeated. With Aoteroa’s landscape as our muse, we combined warm timber and exposed brick with soft, neutral linens, terracotta and lush green woollen rugs, hand-tooled side tables and leather-backed chairs, alongside numerous handcrafted ceramics. Who are some of the local artisans whose…