05.02.2020

Solid Foundation



Photography by Nicholas John Wilkins

Unpopular opinion: I’m not into Yoga.  I’m not patient enough for it… which is precisely why I probably need it, right? Well, if I were in Auckland, I’d be encouraged to give it another go at this beautifully-designed new studio, Basecamp Power Yoga.

Studio 11:11 (Melbourne-based, but co-helmed by New Zealand architect and interior designer Annabel Smart) transformed the shell of an old Grey Lynn warehouse – nicknamed the scrapyard – elevating it to the very warm, meditative space you see here. I love how they’ve kept the rawness of the original architecture, celebrating the perfectly imperfect surfaces and rough textures, playing up the industrial feel with hot-rolled steel features (like that sculptural clothing rack by NZ maker SaintLeo, anchored by a chunk of basalt rock), and layering washed timber, atmospheric lighting and natural textiles.

Kudos, Studio 11:11, you have managed to create an environment of softness and strength both; perfect for a brand that values both power and pliability.

23.01.2020

Making Space: Homestyle 2020


The first Homestyle issue of the new year is here, so get ye to the magazine shoppe tout suite. (Also, PSA for our Australian friends – Homestyle is now available in your neck of the woods! Send the Homestyle team a DM on Insta with your postcode, and they’ll let you know your nearest newsagent).

The cover girl this issue is this home above and below – a white-wood-and-concrete new build, perched high on a Te Arai hill.  Come for the incredibly beautiful interiors and architecture, stay for the story of how the family left Auckland for a new lifestyle in the countryside, and how they’re managing to balance lifestyle with work (love a good City Quitter story).

Substantial, yet soft –  interior designer (and owner) Melanie Sax and architectural designer Fraser Horton make quite the duo.

Photography by Duncan Innes for Homestyle

The master bedroom is divided by a part wall, behind which sits this ensuite of your dreams (see much more inside the magazine).

Along with this inspiring home, you’ll find five other house tours in this issue (six if you count the contemporary refurbed bus!) including this wee cottage below, the home sweet home of NZ architect Maria Hosking and her builder husband. I loved this feature – the home is packed with great ideas, and examples of what can be done in a small space with both an open plan and an open mind.

Gorgeous kitchen layout and materiality.

Photography by Simon Wilson for Homestyle

Styling Juliette Wanty; Photography by Wendy Fenwick

Unsurprisingly, Homestyle Art Director Juliette Wanty has me deceased again, with a styled feature (sneak peek above) that offers sophisticated ways to get sorted for the new year, plus we get a look at the unique workspaces of several NZ creatives, and editor Alice Lines takes us along on her recent artisan tour of Japan!

Grab your scissors and giant glue stick, and get ready to want to cut everything out to stick on your vision board.

 

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19.11.2019

Homestyle on Holiday


They saved the best for last: this final Homestyle issue of the year is 2019’s best – which is sayin’ something. (and not just because there’s a 4-page feature on my new book, Our Spaces, in it).

Photography Sean Fennessy 

The theme for this issue is homes that take you on holiday, and the cover girl is this clifftop beachside beauty in Australia’s Portsea, designed by Studio Esteta.  I’m loving seeing blues – from powdery to punchy – coming through in interior design at the moment, especially balanced with fresh white and warm timber. There’s 14 pages of images from this inspiring, relaxed residence in the issue – definitely a highlight.

Photography Duncan Innes

There’s five excellent New Zealand home tours – my fave was this reno of a laid back 50’s holiday bach – by its owner, NZ interior designer Joanna Cowie. (let’s be friends, Jo). Along with the half a dozen home tours, this issue also takes us on virtual vacay to an amazing boutique design hotel on the island of Menorca, Spain, visits the beautiful home of a young Kiwi family doing humanitarian work in Uganda, and introduces us to the work (and creative workspaces) of NZ artists Sophie Rowley and Grace Bader.

Oh, and did I mention there’s a feature on my coffee table book – Our Spaces – in this issue? Can’t remember if I mentioned it. Better mention it again, just to be certain. It’s an interview with yours truly. And some of Homestyle’s favourite interior imagery from the book. It’s like 4 pages in this issue. No big deal. But check it out though.

 

(P.S Penpals: One entire year of issues is only $51, delivered.
Play Santa to yourself and get a subscription for Christmas.)

 

12.11.2019

Aesthetics + Ethics – Kowtow Auckland


Photography Simon Wilson

 

This quietly confident beauty is the sophomore space for New Zealand global brand Kowtow, now open in York Street, Newmarket.

Like the inaugural Wellington flagship, the design of Kowtow Auckland was again a collaboration between Kowtow and Rufus Knight, and is again an expression of both minimalism and warmth. Kowtow does balance beautifully – simplicity and sparseness meets rich material tactility, linear forms meet organic shapes and flowing curves, art meets the elemental.

Aspects I love: the dropped Japanese-inspired ceiling; the original concrete ceiling trusses (this building is fairly historic) that have been left exposed; the floor-sweeping heavy linen curtains; and that monolithic centrepiece – the giant, ‘floating’ brass table with heavy oak legs. The exterior also deserves special mention –  Kowtow and Rufus Knight created that abraded plaster façade, and the extra deep-set windows.

Like the Wellington flagship, all aspects of the store have been selected with sustainability in mind;  much of the interior timber is traceable New Zealand grown oak, finished by hand with a non-toxic and enviro-friendly oil. The rugs (from NZ brand Nodi) are hand-braided and made from sustainably grown jute. Those changing room curtains are made from sustainably grown and processed linen, and the ottomans – designed by NZ’s Simon James – are locally made and upholstered with renewable and biodegradable organic linen. Not a surprise from our own trailblazing ethical (seed to garment) clothing label.

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