Interiors

Bathrooms: a vineyard view from Cloudy Bay’s guest quarters

This Marlborough bathroom makes the most of the view from Cloudy Bay vineyard’s guest quarters; it also takes care to emphasise the landscape, which, in addition to being beautifully serene, is intrinsic to the vineyard’s brand and wine label. The colour palette and textures used in each

Kitchens: 3D technology for perfect angles

The clients of this Ponsonby renovation didn’t want a typical villa kitchen. Designer Serban Teodorescu of T Plus Architects transformed the space into a ‘day zone’ encompassing living, entertaining and food preparation areas.   HOME This kitchen design was part of a significant villa renovation. What

Bathrooms: a compact Arrowtown space is big in character

Architects Pete Ritchie and Bronwen Kerr of Kerr Ritchie Architects lined up all the utility spaces in this small Arrowtown home along its southern wall, off a long corridor stepping down a slope.     The owners of the home, a finalist in our 2010

Kitchens: a small space becomes two separate zones

For this Freemans Bay renovation, options for the new kitchen layout were hampered by existing concrete block walls; architect Belinda George’s solution to this challenge was inspired. To give the clients the large, modern kitchen that they required, they divided it in two: an open preparation

Bathrooms: Classic meets contemporary

The client brief for this Wellington cottage was to create a “workable bathroom” in the confined space. To overcome this challenge, William Giesen of Atelierworkshop explains how they introduced natural light to open up the room. Giesen also tells how they decided on their colour

This seaside home has a heart of steel

Although this beachside kitchen has floor-to-ceiling sliding doors, the cantilevered upper level of the house stops it from feeling too exposed. Here, designer Nick Strachan of Athfield Architects explains how they unified the kitchen space and what motivated the decision to use rubber flooring.  

Bathrooms: a perfectly partitioned ensuite

Rare in New York apartments, this home has a large ensuite bathroom that feels both spacious and private. Here, New York artist Anthony Goicolea tells why this bathroom designed by Janet Cross is so successful.   HOME A big bathroom was part of your brief for the

Kitchens: a century-old building meets modernity

The brief Richard Naish received for this Stable Lane kitchen was for a large, sociable family kitchen that, while modern, still fit the century-old building. A challenge was the low stud height, which was resolved with cleverly created storage space. Kitchens: a century-old building meets modernity

Bathrooms: resplendent in black marble

This Devonport home by Bull O’Sullivan Architecture is dominated by timber. The clients’ brief for the bathroom was to create a luxurious escape from the rest of the house. Dark marble provides an enlivening contrast.   HOME The rest of the home’s interior is clad

Bathrooms: Pattersons’ moody palette

Careful lighting and a darker palette create moody intimacy in this bathroom by Pattersons. Davor Popadich explains how they achieved the intimate quality without sacrificing function and utility.   HOME What made you choose a dark material palette for this bathroom area? Davor Popadich, Pattersons We wanted the

Kitchens: 1930s glamour meets family practicality

Kitchen designer Morgan Cronin has packed an extraordinary amount of living space into a long, narrow room in his 1930s home.     “As a family we spend all our time in here,” Cronin says. “Cooking, dining, entertaining, the kids even do their homework here.”

Kitchens: a Mount Maunganui kitchen with a hidden scullery

The biggest design challenge for this former holiday home was to create a kitchen space that would accommodate friends and family preparing food together, without crowding the space. Evan Mayo of Architecture Bureau describes the decision to incorporate a scullery hidden behind folding doors.   HOME Most sculleries

Kitchens: this coastal kitchen blends into its landscape

The kitchen of this hilltop home in Muriwai is visible from afar, and designer Bruce Messick of Avantgarde wanted to ensure it blended seamlessly into its landscape. The colour palette was carefully chosen with this in mind and a minimalist style favoured for the cabinetry and

Bathrooms: beach-house simplicity on Waiheke Island

The bathroom in this Waiheke Island beach house offers lessons in simplicity. Here, Julian Guthrie explains how careful planning and selection of materials can produce a beautiful result, without blowing the budget.   HOME This is a bathroom in a beach house. Were you consciously trying

Kitchens: an elegantly crafted Auckland design

Taking cues from famous houses, Michael O’Sullivan confidently combined materials to create this luxurious, well-crafted North Shore kitchen. Here, O’Sullivan discusses the similarities to his own kitchen and how this contributed to the less traditional design decisions.   HOME How did you choose the materials for

Bathrooms: a Sydney bathroom with personality

A careful insertion of colour enlivens this Sydney bathroom by Pohio Adams Architects. The design also takes full advantage of the natural light offered, complemented by concealed and featured electric lighting.   HOME All-white bathrooms seem to be a common default mode, so how did

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