Design News


Wedged between bush and sea, this Coromandel home is devised as a place of quiet; a place to bunker down, a place to escape to – and a place from which to enjoy the outdoors.

Taking the plunge

During a mountain bike ride about ten years ago, two mates got chatting. The result is a fresh – and entirely Kiwi – take on the hot tub.

The great escape

Arguably, there’s nowhere that says ‘Kiwi Summer’ better than the Coromandel Peninsula. We spoke to Bev Calder of Bayleys about the region and its hidden gems.

The tones of nature

For the owners of this Coromandel home, it was an interest in the older baches still dotted around the neighbourhood that provided the basis for their brief.

Inspirational architecture

Te Kāhui Whaihanga New Zealand Institute of Architects celebrated the best of the best recently, with its annual awards. We look at the residential winners.

The art of home time

We pair some of our favourites pieces from Bauhaus with artworks from Parnell Gallery to exemplify the shifting seasons.

The humble stripe

New Zealand towelling brand BAINA has released Collection 05, an interpretation of line and rhythm.

Fourth moon

Combining ancient techniques, a passion for Greek mythology, and an eye for design, Tauranga-based craftsman Mat Macmillan’s lighting delivers a calm beauty.

Bold and bespoke

We speak to the winner of the HOME + Samsung Bespoke Fridge Design Challenge, Hungarian-born Kiwi Erika Horvath Gaborovna.

Bold new waves

A new rug collection by Designer Rugs and Greg Natale has postmodernism and a bold ’80s sensibility at its core.

Maximalist glamour

The Royal Menagerie is a new collection by Mokum; it is a play on the idea of decadence and luxury – a contemporary take on 1970s Las Vegas glamour.

Honed perfection

In Bendemeer, this house of three parts delivers a tactile materiality perfectly suited to its alpine surrounds.

Homes of earth

A highly tactile and textural construction method, rammed earth building is developing at pace in New Zealand. We explore a recent project in Ophir.


As our glaciers melt, Nelson-based photographer Virginia Woolf is recording their decline in the hope her images help to inspire change.

Creative conviction

A modest project in Sandringham by Pac Studio takes out the highest honours at the 2022 Dulux Colour Awards.

Island abode

Clad in cedar, this house is devised as a sum of connected parts. The cedar is used in several different formats, the differentiation is subtle as are the tonal changes.

Sculptural outcrop

Impeccable furniture selection from Simon James helps to stitch the architectural narratives of this Great Barrier home to its surroundings.

Tonal synergy

From magnificent gardens and beneath the entangled boughs of a mature pohutukawa tree, Callerton House is a place of dynamic juxtapositions.

Bespoke Home

Samsung has this month released a revolutionary new product to New Zealand: a completely customisable French door refrigerator.

HOME turns 500

We’re celebrating the 500th issue of HOME, a significant milestone in the title’s nearly 90-year history of documenting New Zealand architecture.

Of brick and soul

Ockham Residential’s Mark Todd speaks to HOME’s editor, Clare Chapman, about Ponsonby’s latest residential development — a glistening landmark building due for completion next year.

White light

Sitting in the 2022 Rural Home of the Year, it is as if you are part of the forest canopy that extends out from the striking ridgeline where this house stands.

A wool renaissance

In the case of wool, there’s a long list of benefits that are hard to match, spanning everything from human health to technical properties. 

A clifftop vision

There’s something alluring about white concrete. Combine its vibrancy with exceptional formwork and a daring architectural vision and the result is spectacular.

Urban encampment

A high-profile Auckland home with an interesting history, designed by Bossley Architects, was recently demolished. Architect Pete Bossley talks to Melanie McDaid about the project and its heritage.

By the river

Known as Hills Village, this new precinct was designed thoughtfully and with purpose to foster the well-being of its inhabitants. 

Coastal hues

On an elevated site above the Tara Iti golf course, a low-lying pavilion sits subservient to the landscape. The materials, neither ostentatious nor pared back, were selected to blend into its surroundings. 

Rural simplicity

Ten years ago, in an old abandoned surfboard factory in Raglan overlooking the estuary, custom furniture brand WRW & Co. was born.

A defining experience

Here in New Zealand, Italy is celebrated for its exceptional standards in espresso, mozzarella pizza, and, of course, design. Studio Italia delivers the latter, proudly representing leading Italian furniture designers.

Velvet and steel

Interior designer Kirsten Ford set out to deliver a balance between a raw, industrial aesthetic and lush, rich detailing in the interior in this clifftop home in Auckland.

An urban lantern

In Auckland’s Grey Lynn, a decidedly contemporary home combines a trio of materials to deliver versatile spaces of permanence and tactility. 

Home of the arts

The new Christchurch’s home for New Zealand arts, Ravenscar House Museum, opened its doors in November.

Material style

The faceted kitchen island and bathroom vanity basins at architect Matt Brew’s Eastern Beach house are a thing of beauty

A joyful drop

Despite the obvious challenges that came with 2021, for New Zealand Winemaker of the Year, Jules Taylor, the year was one worth remembering.

At home for the holiday season

Whether you’re searching for the perfect gift for the budding host, planet protector or mindful minimalist, treat yourself and your loved ones with a special something from our festive gift guide. 

Concrete beauties

This house near Christchurch’s Hagley Park was designed by repatriated architectural designer Case Ornsby as his family home.

SLOW in Ponsonby

The much-anticipated arrival of Slow in Ponsonby coincides with their launch of Bryon Bay brand Sarah Ellison. 

The ethics of design

The PET Lamp Project serves as strong proof that, in design, the process is as important as the end result. Likewise, if the process has been underpinned by ethical goals, then the broader, social impacts of a design object can be significant.

The art of New Zealand wool

Designer Rugs uses 100 per cent New Zealand wool that is either tufted or hand knotted in Asian countries, where these traditions have been passed down through the generations

A living pool

On a suburban site in Nelson, Spanish environmental activist Jose Cano spends hours meticulously photographing his subjects underwater

Nature bound

As eye candy, Evergreen Architecture: Overgrown Buildings and Greener Living is a delightful amalgamation of global architecture and landscaping.

Apartment living, with a twist

At 26 Aroha, a sense of community and drive for sustainable living has enhanced the lives of the many residents of this apartment complex.

Designing a Westmere home of light and clay

We spoke to Sam Caradus from Crosson Architects about how their recent project, Light and Clay, was designed to be a positive contribution to the community, neighbourhood and street. 

In profile: Jeremy Chapman

Architect Jeremy Chapman started his own practice five years ago. We caught up with him about his latest projects, and what’s next for JCA Studio.

Salone del Mobile 2021

Photographer Mary Gaudin travelled to Milan to capture the best of the much-anticipated design event for HOME, held in September after an 18-month hiatus.