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A Cuba Street eatery brings new flavours to dining in the capital

When Marc Weir, co-owner of Floriditas (also on Wellington’s Cuba Street), decided it was time to launch a larger, more casual eatery, they enlisted the support of Parsonson Architects, conveniently located upstairs from their new premises, and created Loretta. The pared back space is enriched with small, perfect details,

My Favourite Building: Textile artist Vita Cochran

  “I love this building because of its inspired siting: a wonderful modern library, a building with personality, in the sandhills of New Brighton beach. It’s elliptical and aerodynamic, nautical without being heavy-handed, with a roof like folded insect wings and sunshades on one face

Inhouse Design: finalists in the 2014 Best Awards

  We are delighted to announced that the fabulously talented designers over at Inhouse Design are 2014 Best Awards finalists in the Graphic Design category for their work on our book Modern and the Best Effect category for their design work each month creating HOME New Zealand magazine. Inhouse

David Moreland brings new angles to lighting design

New Zealand designer David Moreland looks offshore with his new works. Here, he shares his thoughts on the experience of showing his work at Milan Design Week and DesignEx, discusses his latest releases and what he has lined up next.   HOME You’ve just shown your

Christchurch’s Cardboard Cathedral

Christchurch’s Cardboard Cathedral is arguably New Zealand’s best-known work of architecture right now, thanks to the prominence of its architect, Shigeru Ban, who recently won the Pritzker Prize for his body of work. Andrew Barrie is an Auckland-based architect and lecturer at the University of

NZ at the Venice Architecture Biennale

If you’re headed Euro way, there’s still time to visit the wonderful Venice Architecture Biennale, where New Zealand is making its first-ever appearance. The Biennale is on now and runs until November 2. The New Zealand exhibition, headed by creative director David Mitchell, responds to

Shaping the capital

The book edit…   Small groups can have outsize influences on the ways our urban environments develop, as a new book about Wellington’s Architectural Centre shows. Author Julia Gatley, who has previously edited the book Long Live the Modern and written subsequent tomes about Auckland’s

Karen Walker takes the helm

Every year in our August/September issue we take a look at the connections between fashion and architecture, but this year we’re doing things a little differently by inviting fashion designer Karen Walker to be our guest editor. The result? Our brand-new ‘Global Villages’ issue, on

Designing our Global Villages issue

Design geek alert! Our new ‘Global Villages’ issue (on newsstands from August 4 to October 5 2015) is guest-edited by Karen Walker, and we’ve also taken the chance to freshen up our look. For a start, the cover features not our customary single image, but

Get to know artist Michio Ihara’s sculptural life

Get to know artist Michio Ihara’s sculptural life It can take a while to find the perfect home. After nearly three decades as the most prominent artwork in downtown Auckland’s windblown Queen Elizabeth II Square, Michio Ihara’s 1977 sculpture ‘Wind Tree’ was taken down to

Our book of marvellous mid-century homes

UPDATE We’re very pleased to announce that our book Modern: New Zealand Homes from 1938 to 1977 won the Gerard Reid Award for Best Book at the recent Publishers’ Association of New Zealand Book Design Awards. It also won the categories of Best Illustrated Book

Presenting NZ’s best new furniture in our annual Design Awards

Every year we’re delighted to showcase New Zealand’s best new furniture and lighting in our annual Design Awards – and this year, we’re delighted to present the finalists and winner to you in conjunction with our new Design Awards partners, Fisher & Paykel. First, meet

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House on a rock

A large boulder discovered during excavation of a Port Hills site became a central feature of this home designed by architect Ken Powrie for his family.

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