Design News

Reframed classics

Consisting of a series of interconnected rooms, the Knoll pavilion at the Milan Furniture Fair was designed by Belgian architecture practice OFFICE, and conceived as a space that envisioned life through a sequence of intimate spaces and elegant flower gardens.

On the edge

The location of this home, verging on land and sea in the Christchurch suburb of Redcliffs, meant material selection was focused on both durability and the creation of a subtle elegance suited to a remarkable landscape of natural beauty.

A meeting of materials

At the centre of the renovation of a 1920s home in the Christchurch suburb of Strowan is a kitchen of beautiful juxtaposition.

Quiet elegance

In the heart of this Westmere home is a collection of beautiful, sculptural materials that emanate from the ground up to create a space of embracing warmth with an openness that takes in an unusual yet captivating green view.

Street smart: embracing urban density

Ken Crosson of Crosson Architects, who won Home of the Year 2024 for Boathouse Bay, considers a sustainable vision for our future cities — and offers his thoughts on why the imperative need for both environmental and social change is very much upon us.

A beautiful collision

ABI Interiors began its journey in a humble garage set-up on the Gold Coast, with a simple yet powerful concept: to offer an affordable range of architectural fixtures that rivalled the quality of the highest in the market.

Here & now

Queenstown-based artist, Elan, has spent the past 35 years travelling the world conducting philosophy programmes for global organisations. We caught up with him about how philosophy and art intersect.

Time Traveler

To mark Milan Design Week, Nilufar presented ‘Time Traveler’, a wide-ranging exhibition curated by Nilufar founder Nina Yashar.

The choreography of home

There’s a finely crafted simplicity and considered calmness to the work being produced by young architecture studio, Seear-Budd Ross.

Impactful design

The 2024 Readers’ Choice Home of the Year, Sumner House by RTA Studio, is a place of striking proportions and captivating creativity: a powerful response to a challenging set of site constraints.

Tangibility and presence

Nine years ago Scott Thorp moved to Christchurch to be closer to the mountains. It was here that he felt most connected to the land, and a place that ultimately inspired his photographic journey.

Painted heritage

Drawing on eight distinctive New Zealand landscapes, each reminiscent of a particular era in our colour evolution between 1830 and 1930, a new collection from Dulux is designed to turn a fresh lens on heritage renovations.

Scalloped curves

The sinuous lines of Tāmaki Makaurau’s original foreshore are at the heart of Crosson Architects’ latest project: the Elysian luxury apartment building in Auckland’s Parnell.

Natural reflections

Adjacent to the Mangawhai estuary, this home of sweeping gestures takes cues from the natural environment — from the dark hues of pōhutukawa boughs to the lighter tones of the sandbanks.

Into the fire

The Christchurch company revolutionising the traditional Japanese technique of preserving wood by charring it, shou sugi ban.

Creative heart

At the centre of this highly sculptural home is an artful collection of moments — of views, of textures, and of creativity.

The social edit

The Home of the Year 2024 awards evening at Studio Italia was an event of celebration, creativity and innovation.


We sat down with Cult Design founder, Richard Munao, to talk about the reopening of the brand’s iconic showroom in Parnell.

The odyssey of stone

From the mountains of Italy, Brazil, and Spain to an Auckland stone factory, the journey of architectural stone is as awe-inspiring as the stone itself.

Sphere of influence

Wahine toa Deidre Brown has become the first non-architect to win New Zealand architecture’s highest honour.

Tactile beauty

Design workshop Powersurge has opened an immersive brick and mortar showroom at Auckland’s stunning new architectural destination, Residium.


With mirrors as her canvas of choice, Queenstown artist Sally Bulling’s abstract works are layered with a reflective, boundless energy.

Tones of tranquility

Perched above a small settlement in the Marlborough Sounds, this home exists in perfect unity with the dramatic coastal landscape over which it looks.

World of colour

Entries are open for the 38th Dulux Colour Awards, an Australasian programme designed to shine the light on colour in design.

The modern chainmail and its myriad design uses

The reinvention of a material traditionally used as armour into a contemporary architectural fabric used for everything from solar screening to dividing and defining interior spaces, and creating kinetic sculptures is a story that begins in the costumery department of the Lord of the Rings film set.

Empathic lightness: Inside Kowtow’s new Melbourne store

In a late-1800s building of timber, brick, iron, and bluestone in a character-filled street in the inner Melbourne suburb of Fitzroy, New Zealand-brand Kowtow has opened its first international boutique, designed by Auckland-based interior architect Rufus Knight.

Spatial identity

The winners of the Te Kāhui Whaihanga New Zealand Institute of Architects 2023 New Zealand Architecture Awards were announced in November. We explore some of the winning projects.

Natural clarity

Designed to merge into its coastal environs, this island home utilises board and batten cedar cladding to create a gentle visual rhythm that moves gracefully between indoors and out.

The sky above

Taking the operable louvred roof to the next level, the latest innovation from Louvretec is the Retract Roof range — Opening Roofs that completely open or close at the touch of a button.

The plunge pool, redefined

Not quite a pool and not quite a spa, the Stoked Stainless Plunge Spa strikes a perfect balance between the two with a piece that embraces the art of relaxation outdoors.

On the quiet

The slopes of Marlborough’s Southern Valleys are home to a new organic vintage from award-winning winemaker Jules Taylor.

Decadence underfoot

In a pool house that opens to a mid-century modern home in Remuera, an interior palette was designed to reflect the original architectural language and create a strong narrative between old and new.

Iron outdoors

Inspired by cast iron handmade in the 1800s, the antique finish of this contemporary cookware could, at first touch, pass as a ceramic surface.

Be seated

Industrial designer Lucas Wotawa on his latest furniture pieces, upcoming collections and a story of refinement.

Surrender to the sunset: Two Fijian resorts not to miss

These two very different tropical getaways in the Fijian islands offer an alluring escape. Immerse yourself in the stunning landscapes of Vomo Island or stay in a contemporary overwater bure at the adults-only retreat of Fiji Marriott Momi Bay.

A dynamic dance

Portraying the versatility of its designs through the grace of dancers, Belgian design house JORI is a conceptual realisation of ergonomic comfort woven into the forms of contemporary interior pieces.

Float away

This New Zealand brand draws inspiration from the rewards and challenges of life by the sea: simple, relaxing and beautiful but rugged and unforgiving.

Win a trip for two to Fiji

Win a trip for two to Fiji including four nights accommodation at exclusive adults-only retreat Matamanoa Island Resort.

Strokes of colour

The 2024 Dulux Colour Forecast is a sumptuous splash of warmth, nostalgia, and vibrancy. We explore the three alluring palettes: Muse, Solstice, and Journey.

Tropical opulence

Designed by New Zealand architect Richard Priest, a luxury development in the turquoise bay of Malolo Island — a few miles away from Fiji’s largest island Viti Levu — is Vunabaka, an enclave of expansive private homes.

Over water

We chat to AAPi Design, a Fiji-based architecture firm, about the development of tropical modern resort architecture in the Fijian islands.

Inspired retreat

Rediscovering the beauty within simplicity, the latest from Australian furniture atelier MCM House awakens a deep appreciation for the art of restraint.

The geometry of motion

From bringing the indoors out, to cabinetry that spins to reveal its contents, Hettich is elevating interior and alfresco design options with its innovation in the mechanics of movement.

Artistry at home

The manipulation of a material, whose inherent qualities speak to permanence and solidity, into sculptural forms that move effortlessly between the design realms of lightness, whimsy, and decadence.

Wild landscapes

Sculptor Simon Max Bannister’s works carry a powerful essence, often becoming symbols of our relationship with the environment and the wildlife within it.

Passive hub

One of only five office buildings in the world to achieve Passive House Plus certification, and the first outside of France, has opened in Wanaka.

Theatrical colour

The refurbishment of Wellington’s St James Theatre received a coveted accolade at the 2023 Dulux Colour Awards, being named the New Zealand Grand Prix winner. We talk to the designer behind this majestic restoration.


We take a look at some of the Te Kāhui Whaihanga New Zealand Institute of Architects 2023 Local Architecture Awards winners.

The pool

This pool house is a dichotomy of sorts — on a residential site, it is commercially proportioned — and meticulously considered as both a public and private facility.

Cast forms

We speak to graphic designer turned product designer, Kate Slavin, about her experience in moving from two dimensions to three, and the intricacies of designing a product to outlive our generation — and the next.

Brass decadence

It’s the finer details that make a home, and that’s no exception with Windsor Hardware’s latest range of handcrafted bespoke cabinet handles.

Creative intention

A newcomer to the design scene, Auckland-based Kanat Studio is quickly making a name for itself. We spoke to its co-founders, Kate Pilot and Natalia Glucina, about their emerging aesthetic and creative voice.

Fluid solidity

This new iteration of a sought-after solid surface is at the forefront of an entirely new level of design freedom.

An urban gallery

On the threshold between residential and commercial precincts, a concrete building was designed as a link between the two – sensitive to each and with an undeniable character of its own.

Sense of place

Known for her moody, ethereal style, Greer Clayton explores the form, tonal resonance, and texture of a landscape to evoke an engaging representation of the environment she occupies.

At Marlborough Sounds

This home that steps down a bush-covered hillside in what is arguably one of the most beautiful places in New Zealand is both a statement and a piece of architecture that recesses subtly into the beauty of the landscape that surrounds it.

Colour, enlivened

Three New Zealand projects took out top honours in the 2023 Dulux Colour Awards. We take a look at their sophisticated and vibrant brushstrokes.

Sunrise over Milan

The recent Milan Furniture Fair 2023 has just finished. Its legacy of forms, colours, materials and sunny-bright ideas has just begun to be discussed. We check out some of the highlights.

The edge of possible

The Resene Architecture & Design Film Festival 2023 is underway, running until 25 June in a selection of theatres around the country.


Barcelona-based New Zealander Bergendy Cooke, the 2021 Home of the Year winner, has designed a hotel in Marrakech, Morocco for an Austrian hotelier, and the result is as intriguing as it is memorable.

Curtain call

The Resene Architecture and Design Film Festival is about to hit the big screen around New Zealand. Here’s a couple of highlights, selected by the HOME team.

Evocatively off

Think burnt orange-red hot sauce, mustard-tinged olive dirty martini, grunge eyeshadow and circular voids. We talk to the designers behind a new tapware range that embodies this eclectic group of concepts.

Falling leaves

Capture the essence of autumn with these rich tones and biophilic pieces, curated by our editor.

The shape of connection

Award-winning Auckland food and lifestyle photographer Manja Wachsmuth’s work is direct, evocative and beautiful. We speak to her about her latest body of work.

Retreat or defeat

Aotearoa New Zealand is at a crossroads in its response to how our built environment manages climate change. Jo Bates talks to three architects about where to from here.

Places to belong

Known for their humanist architecture, created with an innate sensitivity to how people live, experience and move in the world, Nicholas Stevens and Gary Lawson were awarded the 2022 Gold Medal.

Street appeal

Exterior cladding is one of the most visual parts of any home, playing a key role in defining a building’s style, articulating its architectural moves, and introducing the aesthetic and tone.

Art and architecture

Utilising a dark grey coloured concrete as a central feature, the interiors of this home of art expand and contract around a vibrant form.

Decadent simplicity

French designer Jean-Marie Massaud is on a lifelong quest for synthesis, reduction and lightness. It is a symbiosis between his creations and the natural environment that he strives to reach, and his latest pieces for Poliform are no exception. We explore five of the newest, available in New Zealand from Studio Italia.

Down to earth

Inviting autumnal hues this season gravitate around an earthen palette, a tonal melody that gives rise to spaces of tranquillity.

Timeless charm

Delivering contemporary innovation,
Gerard Roofing’s concealed fastening
technology allows for beauty and

The beauty of ambiguity

Timber garage doors have an innate beauty to them, one that lies in the natural variance of colour and grain, and the tactility and warmth the material provides.

Stone, dekoded

An abstract form on a rugged site between the Tasman Sea and rolling
farmland, this Gibbons Architecture-designed home is one of versatility
and connection, drawing in the outdoors and providing refuge from it.

The art edit

We explore the latest in New Zealand art from emerging and established artists traversing medium, geography, style, and subject.

Passage of time

Passage of time

Australian artisan rug brand Tribe Home has opened its doors in New Zealand. We speak to founder Tina Richards about the brand’s philosophy.

A spatial evolution

A spatial evolution

Simon James has a new home – a spacious, light-filled showroom in the heart of Mount Eden, casting the brand’s elegant, contemporary designs in an industrial setting.


Hastings couple Adam and Nicola Mossman have a less is more approach. The result: a thriving brand whose ethos remains simple – local, natural and restorative.