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homestyle August/September 2019

homestyle is New Zealand’s freshest home and lifestyle magazine. With a focus on clever ideas and intelligent spending, homestyle offers a mix of accessible luxury and practical inspiration giving you the confidence to create your own living environment with a personal touch. From new homes, to renovations and even rentals, homestyle is the magazine for anyone looking to transform their house into a home.

New Zealand
The Pluto Group Ltd
6 Issues

in this issue

1 min
editor’s note

From presenting styling workshops, to judging the NKBA Awards, to visiting Denfair and other concept spaces in Melbourne, it’s been a busy couple of months here at homestyle. Although my role as editor does involve a lot of putting pen to paper and fingertips to keyboard, what I enjoy most about my work are the IRL experiences. Whether chatting to interior enthusiasts who are keen to pick up tips for their at-home projects, deliberating the merits of the best new kitchens and bathrooms with industry experts or discussing the latest directional furnishings with the designers themselves, face time is what keeps me excited about what’s going on in our little corner of the world. So what’s hot in interiors, you ask? Well, at homestyle we’re actually not that fussed on trend-worshipping, because…

2 min

REPUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT Attention, shoppers: Australian brand Coco Republic’s first New Zealand boutique is arriving soon at Auckland’s remodelled Westfield Newmarket to deliver what the people want. The furniture and design store will stock more than 300 homeware items, and also offer an interior design studio and an espresso bar inspired by The Talented Mr Ripley. cocorepublic.co.nz SLICES OF LIFE Asili’s Kiwi co-founders Eve Penny and Hamish Davies work with East African artisans to produce ethical objects that honour the region’s traditional craft, and have just released a new range shaped from Kenyan soapstone. No machinery is used in its making, the carvers working with little more than knives, machetes and chisels. asili.co MORE THAN WELCOME Ambling into Astute Assembly’s just-opened standalone shop on Ponsonby Road, you’ll be warmly met with good old-fashioned omotenashi (hospitality).…

2 min
top shelf

Delicious Places (Gestalten, $95) You’ll definitely want to eat something before you tuck into this tasty treat, but don’t plan your next foodie getaway until you’ve seen the very latest the culinary world has to offer. A global selection of 60 cafés, restaurants and bars that take an imaginative, holistic approach to dining are profiled in this exploration of today’s new food culture, the hallmarks of which include giving many more than two hoots about ingredients, heritage, sustainability and community. Some pages to dog-ear for a gastronomic dream trip include the ones about indie venue Sala Equis in Madrid, which has preserved the history of a 1930s cinema by turning it into an indoor/outdoor theatre with ivy climbing the walls and a menu of healthy snacks. Next, bookmark Paris’s La Recyclerie,…

1 min
in brief

Small Space Style by Sara Emslie (Ryland Peters & Small, $50) Sliding doors, ladders, opened-up ceilings, partitions, mezzanines and tiny accessories — this book is full of hard-working design and styling ideas for diminutive dwellings. Clever homes in the UK and Europe are visited by the author, who lives in small spaces herself and totally gets — and loves — it. Ricardo Bofill: Visions of Architecture (Gestalten, $109) Compiled in honour of visionary Spanish architect Ricardo Bofill’s upcoming 80th birthday, this is a monograph every bit as captivating as the cover image of his Xanadú apartment block in Calpe, Spain suggests. Thumb through and marvel at the postmodernist’s surreal designs — there’s really no one like him. Wabi Sabi Home by Mark and Sally Bailey (Ryland Peters & Small, $50) To heck with perfection on…

3 min
show & tell

PALISADES Designed by James McNab of Auckland studio Think & Shift and sponsored by the Designers Institute of New Zealand, the Palisades stand (also pictured opposite) featured furniture and lighting by a host of Kiwi cohorts, among them Alex Buckman, Nathan Goldsworthy and Tim Webber. Textural tubing by Autex Industries formed curved walls that led viewers through the immersive installation and referenced the defences seen on early Aotearoa hillsides. alexbuckman.com; goldsworthystudio.com; thinkandshift.co.nz; timwebberdesign.com NAU Cult presented multiple pieces from their local brand Nau, for which a collective of renowned Australian designers creates furniture, lighting and accessories in pared-back shapes and honest materials inspired by nature. Pictured here are the Chameleon table and Molloy chairs by Adam Goodrum, beneath a Jolly pendant by Kate Stokes. naudesign.com CHI DANG Denfair marked the launch of industrial designer Chi…

2 min
top chef

THE HOME CHEF’S LAYOUT Elevate yourself to semi-pro status in a galley-style island kitchen with state-of-the art appliances and supreme functionality. Key to this layout is its streamlined structure and generous bench space for the ultimate ease of use. Kitchen strip lights are fast becoming the new pendants and this one illuminates an island that doubles as a plating-up zone and servery. THE LOOK This neutral-meet-noir colour palette is rendered in simply beautiful materials, from the stone waterfall-end benchtop to the French oak chopping board and glass-and-marble serving bowl. Tradition is honoured with the heritage-style oven and herringbone flooring, then offset by pieces from modern-day design stars such as New Zealand’s Simon James and Britain’s Lee Broom. THE APPLIANCES The sophisticated black exterior of these Fisher & Paykel appliances downplays their bells and whistles. No…