Design News

Little retreats: The Hotel Britomart

Cooper and Company’s transformation of the Britomart precinct in Auckland’s waterfront was a game-changer not just for the City of Sails but as a wider-reaching example of respectful and forward-thinking urban regeneration.

Little retreats: Park Hyatt

There is an undeniable grandiosity to the Park Hyatt’s inner sanctum, a sort of cathedral-like, gasp moment at being confronted with a huge, vertical void filled with modulated light and a powerful architectural statement.

Little retreats: QT Auckland

This hotel chain from across the ditch has been making inroads in New Zealand since 2015 when it purchased the quirky, art-filled, Museum Hotel in Wellington and refurbished it with visual cues that range from the circus-like through to French cabaret.


Timber, in colour

Timber is synonymous with residential New Zealand architecture – it’s a long-time favourite and, of late, the use of vertical cedar and other wood varieties has come into its own. However, the colour palette that can be created with WoodOil has never been more flexible

A mercy mission

A dilapidated former convent in Grey Lynn has a new lease of life as a luxury boutique hotel with striking interiors that celebrate the building’s origins.

Why this year’s Auckland Art Fair needs to be added to your calendar

As the curator of Projects, Michael Do says the Auckland Art Fair will showcase exceptional New Zealand talent generally unrepresented by dealer galleries Q&A Tell us a little about yourself and your background.  I’ve always been fascinated by artists and their ability to distill the

10 reasons to visit New Plymouth if you’re into food and design

These 10 excellent offerings of art and food will give you every reason to visit the wonderful city of New Plymouth. Check them out below Four years after the opening of the combined Govett-Brewster Art Gallery & Len Lye Centre, the spectacular stainless-steel addition by

Every house-proud pet owner will want one of these designer dog bowls

Introducing HOME + Furf + Dulux, a limited-edition range of premium, colour-conscious pet bowls and mats. Discover how to pre-order yours today To purchase, email with the subject line ‘Furf’ and your product choice and colour selection. We’ll contact you for payment in early

How these new appliances make it easy to get a designer look at home

Fisher & Paykel chief industrial designers discuss the brand’s latest releases and how you can customise your kitchen with these integrated and modular appliances  Architects: Crosson Architects Customisable refrigerators Mark Haydon, Fisher & Paykel’s chief designer for refrigeration, discusses the new ‘Column’ refrigeration range Tell

11 reasons to visit Dunedin if you’re into architecture and art

As its heritage is restored and celebrated, a youthful new energy brews in Dunedin. Here are 11 places to visit if you enjoy good food, fabulous art and interesting architecture The Waterfront Industry Commission building near the port. 1. Vogel Street warehouse precinct A decade