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Pop art for the digital age

Known for his expressive pop-art portraits made entirely in collage technique, Thai-born artist Virut is exhibiting for the first time in Auckland’s Lightworx Gallery by Artbay.  In an era of image saturation made possible by social media and digital publications, Virut has an eye for

Tokyo Ride

At the Resene Architecture and Design Film Festival 2021, don’t miss Tokyo Road, a celebration of architecture in Tokyo.

Architecture on film

We chat with Clare Buchanan, co-curator of the Resene Architecture and Design Film Festival, to explore the highlights, ideas, and most unforgettable moments from this year’s programme.

Bringing a complex design to life

Lindesay Construction has built some of New Zealand’s most distinctive and unusual homes, the latest being the Dune House by Cheshire Architects. We spoke to William Lindesay about bringing a complex design to life.

A Scandinavian renovation

We spoke to Karolina Brock of LeLa Architects about how her Scandinavian background influences her design.

Modern Living with Justine Olsen

Art and Conversation: We spoke to Justine Olsen, curator of decorative art and design, from Te Papa on her latest exhibition Modern Living: design in 1950s New Zealand.

Artists’ residence

As we near the one-year anniversary of Covid’s untimely arrival, we look back at how artists from around New Zealand hunkered down and what lessons they learnt from staying at and creating from home. 

Fine print

Eastern meditations and Wes Anderson–like interiors: we select some books that sit firmly on our wish-list.

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.

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