04.04.2019

Abroad: New Zealand Architect Briar Hickling


 


Watch this short video please
(Created by Postcard Productions for Herschel Supply Co.)

 

You look at both the quantity and quality of projects Briar Hickling has worked on… and then you see she’s still just in her 30’s. Barely hitting her stride. Can you imagine her body of work in another decade?

After graduating at Massey, Briar cut her teeth working for one of New Zealand’s leading hospitality designers, Allistar Cox. Then, in 2009, she moved to Shanghai, to a Senior Associate position at Neri & Hu, one of China’s most world-renowned architectural practices. There, she worked on world-class hospitality projects in Asia, Australia and the UK, including restaurants for internationally acclaimed chefs, and hotel projects such as Westin Hotel Xi’an, The Waterhouse in Shanghai, and the Alila in Kuala Lumpur. It was at Neri & Hu she met her work wife. fellow design wunderkind, Alex Mok. After collaborating on a number of big projects together, Briar and Alex founded their own practise, Linehouse.

In Briar’s own words: …I saw China as an opportunity to start my own practice… to create unique spatial concepts with a contextual narrative. In some ways the design process is more open in Asia, the construction process is faster and there is more room for flexibility. If you can harness this somewhat chaotic process, the result can be very rewarding. This is how I have managed to build an extensive portfolio of work which also came down to hard work and initiative. Now based between Hong Kong and New Zealand, the last 10 years have allowed me to establish a network of local craftsman, creating bespoke designs and allowing for an inventive use of materials to create something new and unexpected.”

That was 2014. It’s been a prodigious 5 years, conceiving and realising 30 (Yes, three-zero – in five years!) of the most incredible, storied, exquisitely-detailed environments.

Above is just one of their most recent projects – John Anthony, an East-meets-West Dim Sum eatery on Hong Kong Island. Named after historical figure John Anthony, the first Chinese man to be naturalised as a British citizen in 1805, and the ‘father’ of London’s original Chinatown. Briar and Alex’s design draws on the story of John Anthony’s life, exploring a fusion of colonial architecture with eastern detailing, to create a British Tea Hall turned Chinese Canteen.

Linehouse have employed the materials John Anthony would have encountered on his journey from his homeland to London’s docklands: hand-glazed tiles, natural and racked renders, terracotta, hand-dyed fabrics and handwoven wickers, hammered copper lights. A celebration of sustainability and traditional craft is communicated everywhere you look. The detail is amazing.

The main dining hall, with its vaulted ceiling, is an interpretation of the storehouses of London’s docklands.

The floors are tiled with reclaimed terracotta from old Chinese village houses

The aesthetic plays on the retro nostalgia of East-London Chinese canteens

The private dining rooms are lined in hand-painted tiles, featuring large scale illustrations of commodities traded between the British and Chinese in the 18th century such as medicinal poppies and exotic animals. 

Briar’s very latest project, Tingtai Teahouse, is a series of huge elevated boxes inside a vast old factory. These suspended spaces-within-a-space act as individual private teahouses, all sleek glass, brushed stainless steel and contemporary minimalism, alongside the patina of the original concrete columns and brick walls of the former factory.  See photos of this incredible project here. (Actually, pop the jug on and set aside a half hour to tour all their projects – so inspiring)

It won’t be long before Briar and Alex will stretch those impressive wings to other progressive pockets of the globe. They’ve recently opened an office back on Briar’s home turf – I’m hoping that means there’s a New Zealand project on the way….

08.03.2019

New Things


Aussie homeware brand Sage x Clare have recently launched their newest collection, Terra, and it’s more of the same 70’s-feel-good feels and colour folk party. Wishlisted piece: this rainbow bath mat.
See the whole Terra collection here.

Spotted and loved the work of Turkish potter Zehra Balci (@maitoinenhome) – especially her latte-glass style ceramic coffee cups. Buy online here.

 A new outpost for Melbourne Gelateria Piccolina. The St.Kilda space was designed again by Hecker Guthrie.

Elton side table by new #WCE Sarah Ellison

These incredible images are actually huge photographic prints by Australian photographer Stuart Cantor. They come in various XXL sizes (up to almost 2 metres wide!) framed or unframed. I’d pick a print from Stuart’s newest Amalfi Forever series – capturing the iconic beach clubs of the Amalfi Coast – for my wall, but his Venice series is also incredible.

 
 

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31.08.2018

New Things


From the holy. freakin. incredible. files – the new Paramount House Hotel in Sydney. An old Paramount Pictures building (and film storage warehouse), transformed into a small design-lead hotel. The visionary founders (who are also behind some of Sydney’s best cafes) tasked Breathe Architecture with turning the old industrial space into 29 guest suites.

The hotel lobby – a light-filled atrium – was once a film storage vault (Spot the tap there? That’s for your welcome drink)


Real linen by Cultiver for an at-home feel

Sofas by Jardan

A beautiful mix of materials: Japanese-style timber baths alongside terrazzo tiles, brass tapware,
thick linen shower curtains and steel-framed glass walls. 

The Loft rooms have their bedroom on a mezzanine level

Love the hotel robes (the pink type on the back says HOUSE) . Toiletries are by Aesop.

As if the interior design weren’t enough to convince you to stay, there’s a green grocer, coffee house, arthouse cinema and more on site, incense available at the front desk, mini bars stocked with Australian-made Negroni cocktails and local cheeses, and if you don’t want to be disturbed, you put a sign on your door that states: “This Is How We Chill From ’93 Till…” Um, it’s like they made this place for meBook a stay at Paramount House Hotel here, and definitely follow the hotel on Insta. On my travel wishlist now for sure.

I want one of these Steele canvas baskets from Mur.

Lenny cafe in Melbourne, designed by Golden (interior design duo Kylie Dorotic and Alicia McKimm).
Extra appreciation for the hand-painted artwork that runs down the length of the space.

Um ok, I lOvEeeee this little step stool from Murmull

Ro Skin store and treatment rooms – places like this can take all my money. That wall shelving system with its rattan panels is especially beautiful.

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06.04.2018

New Things



Look what Frankie Magazine made: Look What We Made. Another Frankie mook, this one charting the skills, inspirations, workspaces and day-to-day life of 38 Australian makers over 256 XL pages. From hatmakers and brewers, to potters and jewellers, textile artists, illustrators, musicians, weavers, cobblers and a whole lot more. Buy here.

New Butterscotch bedding range from that clever woman Rachel Castle.

I need all the sconces from Allied Maker

The best blankets and cushions by LRNCE. Loving the super-chunky embroidery.

I also need a Hourglass side table from Australian designers Fenton&Fenton.

Gah! This makes me want to I-Dream-of-Genie myself to Henley Beach, Australia. Bowlsome is one of the finalists in the 2018 Australian Interior Design Awards. Kudos for the interior goes to Williams Burton Leopardi (P.S: the taps serve sparkling water, cold brew coffee, or kombucha) and the branding was done by Black Squid.

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