April Wishlist

A few goodies on my current Autumn wishlist:

Would love an armchair that’s just for me, for that corner of my bedroom that gets autumn sun around 5pm. This one – the Montauk Chair – is designed here in New Zealand by furniture and homeware brand Corcovado. Love that it looks both clean-lined and comfy.


Googled ‘silk scrunchies NZ’ last night (because #curlyhairproblems), and found these new limited edition ones by New Zealand’s own Penny Sage, featuring a textile pattern by designer Marta Buda.


Love these modernist cushions by Ferm Living (there are 3 designs in this style). PSA: Ferm Living is now available in New Zealand from Queenstown’s Slow Store.


Smoked Grey Ripple Glass Carafe (and matching glasses) by Ferm Living, from Slow Store in Queenstown
I love anything smoked or amber glass, and currently have a big thing for reeded glass.


New for winter from NZ brand La Tribe, this crew sweat. It’s in Oat Marle, and I love an Oat Marle. From Father Rabbit.


I was gifted a white Bamboo Linen duvet from NZ brand George St Linen, with no obligation to even mention it to you. But the quality of the fabric is so freakin’ dreamy – like when you slip into sheets after shaving your legs, only without having to actually shave them – that now I want this contemporary Clay shade, for an autumnal update for my sleeping situ. (P.S: Bamboo Linen looks and drapes just like linen, but is softer, more sustainable and waaay more affordable.)


To go with my make-believe Clay duvet and make-believe cushions, the Mirage blanket by Ferm Living, also from Slow Store.



Take me here – Berlin’s newly-revamped Mitchelberger Hotel.
Really love the ‘floating’ terrazzo floor, that dark timber console for all your thangs, the floor-to-ceiling industrial windows (the hotel was once a factory) and that exposed timber framing as a design element. On the other side of that bath is a beautiful shower – more pics here

Just about everything I could want in a kitchen. I especially love the deft balance of warmth with crisp cleanness.
Designed by Harrison Interiors

Young girl’s bedroom from the same home – a couple of well-chosen pieces take it from ordinary to artistic.
 Photography Caitlin Mills

O hai, it me, showing you tiles I like again. This is the Basel 6 Tile from Tabarka Studio which is a subtle white terrazzo with a brass inlay. You could lay it horizontally, vertically, or both, like designer Sarah Sherman Samuel has done here.

Another five star tiling situation by Sarah Sherman Samuel – who actually designed this arched concrete tile

Photography by Anson Smart

A bathroom for a little girl to grow into, by Decus Interiors.

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Planning a room reno ? Get your pick of flooring samples sent to your door, with Flooring Xtra’s Sample Box


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….


The Next Best Thing

Way back in 1890, a New Zealander pioneer invented and patented the concept of instant coffee. And now, one of the brands that’s been instrumental in putting New Zealand at the forefront of coffee culture, is re-inventing this Kiwi invention. It’s Coffee Supreme‘s new Instant. And they’re calling it the Next Best Thing (for when you can’t have the best thing).

They’ve sourced a coffee from the Yacuanquer region in Colombia, roasted it, brewed it, and freeze dried it. No additives or fillers, like other instants can have. Instant coffee with traceability? Nice.

Sold in a little box of 7 sachets. Designed for adventures, or for when you go places you know the coffee is bound to be rubbish (hotel rooms and airlines, this side-eye I’m doing is for you).

Relevant to The New’s interests thanks to the always-on-point Coffee Supreme brand visuals and packaging design.

Keen to fire up the Zip and put some in your Arcoroc mug? Available online here.

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