Interiors

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.

The house that dowel built

From the street, this little house is barely visible; it’s tucked away neatly on a rear site. There’s a hint of the gabled red brick form but little else.

The 2023 Bathroom of the Year: Woodland Dance

Drawing on modernist and Japanese influences, and recreating the distinctive tonal interplay of dappled light on a forest floor, this Grey Lynn bathroom offers an enchanting take on spatial design where beauty and accessibility coexist.

Of human scale

This internationalist interior by Arent&Pyke is a soulful expression of creativity and intimacy.

Twin palettes

The renovation of this 30-year-old Westmere home was designed with the intention to introduce a contemporary narrative.

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.

New Zealand’s best interiors revealed

An internationalist Queenstown home, a Waiheke cabin for the creative at heart, and an Auckland bathroom inspired by dappled light on a forest floor took out the top honours at the 2023 Interior of the Year Awards.

Inspired retreat

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

Whispers of luxury

It is in the sensual elements that luxury resides in the bathroom: the touch of a surface, the embrace of the sculptural form of a bathtub, the curvature or graphic abstraction of an object.

Hanging garden

This Ponsonby en suite was designed around existing window placements within an awkward space.

Curved copper

In this doorless bathroom, light is drawn in from above and a trio of materials is used in unexpected ways.

Immersive geometries

Experience-oriented spaces designed for living; that’s the concept behind The Bathelier, a new global design collaboration by Cosentino using its C·Bath range.

Evoking delight

Plumbline’s latest bathroomware comprises collections of a delectable composition of colour, texture, finish and form.

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.

Rituals of decadence

Eden Stone considers the delight of bathing and simple rituals through its collection of handcrafted baths and basins.

Three-dimensional kitchen design

A design for the heart of the home is something that can be hard to visualise from drawings or renders alone; how the elements interact with each other, how the spaces feel, and what works best where.

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.

A touch of glam

Interior designer Rebecca Bailey on kitchen facelifts, sustainability and floating between contemporary and traditional asethetics.

The great outdoors

Heading into winter and missing those beautiful long summer evenings outdoors, it’s time to think about what alfresco dining will look like in 2024.

Blue collar soul

The bathrooms and laundry renovation of this loft apartment in a former carpet factory is a respectful and delightful nod to its past. We speak to its designer, Yvette Jay, to find out more.

Cooking with fire

French private chef Arno Jullien began his culinary career in Provence after graduating from Paul Augier Culinary School in Nice. We talk to him about creating a local French cuisine in Auckland.

Culinary motifs

Design duo Kelly Gammie and Sean Monk, the creatives behind Rarebirds Interiors, produce work that is highly distinctive and individual, pushing the boundaries between a global outlook and a vibrant local design language.

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.

A tailored garment

The wardrobe is probably the most personal and private piece of furniture in the home – functional yet mysterious and secret.

Intricate layers

A delicately layered interior was created for a home perfectly stitched to its surroundings, high above a reef and surf break.

Framed

Elegant frames and dividers for bespoke configurations define this drawer insert by Blum.

Droplets

Inspired by a resting drop of water, the FLUID pendant lamp by Muuto has a soft, round shape which is enhanced by its frosted matte glass surface, perfectly matching the cosy ambience created by its warm light.

A fine balance

A new home in Hobsonville gets the recipe right when it comes to dark and light.

Under the summer sun

Studio Italia’s latest collection of outdoor pieces traverses harmonious meetings of texture and material, strength and lightness, and a purity of form.

Precision design

True inspiration is at the heart of the NEFF kitchen, where socialising is important and a shared love of food is celebrated.

Unfolding interpretation

Discover the iconic Maralunga sofa by Italian designer Vico Magistretti, known for its adjustable-height backrest and patented mechanism.

Mood and texture

More than ever, walls are being used as a central, albeit often beautifully subtle, design element within interior spaces.

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.

Purity of form

Windsor Architectural Hardware has released a new collection called NIDO, which features five handle styles developed by the company’s design team in Invercargill. The collection is made from solid brass and comes with a range of coordinating accessories.

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.

Crafting emotive spaces

Crafting emotive spaces

Whether subtle or distinctive, polished plaster interior finishes offer a beautiful real of possibilities.

Hands-free in the kitchen

A new launch by Greens Tapware with Kontact Technology is providing some soulful moments of ease in the kitchen.

Two palettes

Four local design houses join forces to create two alluring interior material palettes, each with a distinctly New Zealand aesthetic.

Bathe in colour

Utilising a new material known as Cristalmood, due to its transparency and sheen, the Reflex bathtub is a piece of undeniable beauty and composure.

Woven nature

New Zealand design house Hemptech has collaborated with Australia eco-design duo Kate St James and Catherine Whitting to release an exclusive new fabric collection.

Homestead

Drawing on the verdant coastal and alpine landscapes of New Zealand, James Dunlop’s latest collection is undeniably authentic and alluring.

Deceptively simplistic

These 12 new architectural tapware collections by Italian company Quadro offer an elemental, understated aesthetic.

Mindful materials

In 2016 in the attic space of an Auckland cafe, an idea was formed. Fast forward six years and this Kiwi company is making waves globally.

Sanctuary and curvature

In celebration of its 40th year, Athena has launched two new vanity ranges, designed with Auckland-based interior designer Sonya Cotter.

Living finishes

Named after some of New Zealand’s great walks, a new range of pull handles by Windsor Architectural Hardware offers a fresh take on sustainable door decor.

Nature’s echo

Material Space’s Duncan Rooney talks to HOME about defying trends and a growing desire to work with natural materials and textures. 

Luxury underfoot

A wet-room design, marked by a level-entry shower delivers an enviable feature — without long-term maintenance.

Timeless opulence

Outside of the quintessential black and white aesthetic, Plumbline’s latest collection offers an array of textures, colours, and finishes to cement a feeling of ageless refinement in the bathroom. 

Tonal synergy

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

A touch of subtle elegance

In product design, elegance comes from simplicity, and simplicity is often a result of considered and thorough design thinking.

A tailored solution

With a career in interior design spanning two decades, Nicola Manning has had proven success in the industry.

Bespoke Home

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

Bathe in colour

Colour is an interior designer’s superpower. Whether your home is dipped in monochrome, or playfully painted in complementary tones, colour has the ability to inspire. 

Kitchen envy

Partly inspired by Josh Emmett’s home kitchen, this space in Auckland’s Mt Eden is versatile and highly customised for its client. HOME spoke to Hewe’s designer Gunnar Friese about its detailing and brief.

Bringing the Hamptons to Takapuna Beach

The 2021 City Home of the Year, House on Takapuna Beach by CAAHT Studio, met the challenge of the fishbowl effect, as beach goers and dog walkers promenade the sand beyond the site’s border.

Sunset pinks

The statement pink-tinted concrete bath and basin were sourced from Concrete Nation, in a tone that is picked up by the chunky texture of the Italian floor tiles.

Cedar and oak

Surrounded by grand old trees, including an 80-year-old oak, the site called for a new home that took full advantage of the garden. 

Pacific threads

For over six years, New Zealand/Samoan textile designer Lucy Tupu has been creating unique rugs in New York City, that reference her cultural heritage. On

Motueka bathroom

This luscious bathroom is part of a luxury lodge situated high on a hilltop in Motueka, near Nelson.

Fusion house

Looking out from the living room of this Remuera home, you could be mistaken for thinking you were in a Balinese retreat or a Japanese inn.

The softness of granite

A careful balance of textures and colour transforms this renovated Mt Eden villa into a calming oasis.

Creating a seamless integration with the outdoors

When building a home above Lake Wakatipu, how does one design an interior that complements and celebrates the inspiring views? Trinity Design discusses how they accomplished this at Queenstown’s Closeburn Lodge.

Spirit island

The act of cooking is one full of habits and ceremonies. This South Island kitchen takes the ritual of preparing gin-based drinks for visiting friends as one of its main design cues.

Elegant warmth

This North Canterbury house was conceived by architect Gareth Ritchie (of Rangiora’s firm Archco) as his own family home.

Rustic hints

The initial feel of this kitchen is one of comfortable rusticity which quickly gives way to one’s curiosity at unravelling the many unique, and fairly urbane, design elements at play here.

Well-being in mind

This kitchen is part of a villa extension by Jones Architects in Auckland’s Mt Eden. The idea was to create a contemporary, open-living kitchen and dining space at the back of the home and create a second tier for the master suite, robe, and ensuite.

Chiaroscuro

This traditional villa in Herne Bay underwent a significant extension (by Ponting Fitzgerald), and the kitchen acts as a pivotal space between the outdoors and the interior social spaces.

By the sea

We talk to kitchen designer Ingrid Geldof about her Estuary House kitchen.

Monolithic and fresh

This Mt Eden kitchen by at.space design is part of a larger renovation of a classic villa (for a family of five) which included modernising it, improving some of its internal flow, adding much needed insulation, light and storage.

Westmere kitchen

It’s a brave homeowner who dares to attempt an entirely monochromatic space, but in this Westmere home, the brief didn’t shy away from causing intrigue. For this is a home that steals itself from the neighbourhood, and stealthily hides its contents from neighbours.

Urban whare

On a central Wellington street, architect John Mills weaves old and new into a rhythmic tapestry of texture and colour, in which the landscape becomes internal and the strange subtly familiar.

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.

Product of the week

Latest HOME features

Light catcher

Jose Gutierrez Architects transformed this character villa, located on a typical Grey Lynn street, into a contemporary oasis — a place that moves between lightness and solidity with a fluid grace.

Read More »

Cedar chevron

RTA Studio uses three boat-shed forms — at some points staggered and at others stitched into one — to create a flexible, multigenerational, lake-front, holiday house that succeeds on many levels.

Read More »

Quiet luxury

High above Waiheke Island’s Owhanake Bay, this pool pavilion speaks to the architectural nuances of the main home, while introducing its own distinct identity — a restorative space intuitively connected with land and sea.

Read More »

Lens to the view

In one of the most distinctive coastal environments in New Zealand, this large family home takes its cues from the dramatic beauty of the sound it overlooks, and follows the natural contours of the land to embrace the setting and disappear into the bush-covered hillside.

Read More »