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The Urbanists
If The Scrap Yard had its own aphorism, it would be that rebirth is a commonly rewarding business. Its born-again story began in 2018 when it was still a demolition and salvage yard on Grey Lynn’s unassuming Westmoreland Street. In that year, it was
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Urbis Drive
BMW’s in-house tuner is in overdrive, applying full-on M magic to a host of new models. At the heart of the action is the X3 M Competition, the practical and nicely proportioned mid-sized SUV transformed into an authentic M-division flyer. It’s partn
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Inside Story
Imagine: you pick up your paintbrush one day, perhaps out of boredom, and make a few small works, each no bigger than an A4 sheet of paper. You have a full-time job so this is just for fun – something to make your creative juices flow. But, then, one
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Evi’s Favourite Things
My monstera deliciosa plant called Don Draper lives up to his name. He’s sensitive but handsome. Two early studies from the Cream and Double Cream exhibitions – where it all started. It’s hard to find a well-made, minimal-looking bed at an affordable
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Top Notes
Courtney Johnston wouldn’t call her career rise meteoric, even if everyone else does. The 40-year-old took the reins of Te Papa Tongarewa last December, the youngest-ever chief executive of New Zealand’s national museum. But Johnston has spent much o
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Editorial
Many of the conversations we have with architects and designers often lead to discussions about influences and inspirations that, most of the time, have little to do with the world of design itself. Visual arts, music, dance, literature and the like
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Courtney’s Favourite Things
I have been awarded the brown belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu. It ties with my current job as the achievement I’ve worked hardest for and am most proud of. My very, very beat-up coffee grinder is held together with packing tape (waste not want not, right
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Urbismagazine.com
Extended photographic coverage of the stories in this magazine gives you more interiors, architecture, people, art and beyond! Browse Urbis magazine on your tablet or smartphone; it’s available on the Zinio app. Follow us on Instagram and Facebook fo
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Across The Dividing Sea
There aren’t too many prominent art-world figures from either Australia or New Zealand with the type of credibility that Sally Dan-Cuthbert has. The independent Sydney-based art advisor has been working with a handful of private and corporate clients
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Urbis
Publisher Nathan Inkpen Senior Editor Federico Monsalve Creative Director Thomas Cannings Director of Production André Kini Editorial Assistant Julia Gessler Contributing Editors Dean Cornish, Andrew Kerr Advertising Manager Mark Lipman mark.lipman@a
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Maximalist Empire
Moving cities or starting a business: these are two pretty major events in anyone’s life. But how about doing both in very close succession? Such was the case for Gabriel Hendifar and Jeremy Anderson, who co-founded New York City-based design studio
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Contributors
New Zealand-born Dean Cornish is a director, producer and writer based in Los Angeles. When not working in exotic destinations, he can be found tinkering with gadgets, taking photographs or roaming the Hollywood Hills with his small, scruffy dog. Wha
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With The Grain
Sand is fickle; it moves, adjusts. A house is more constant; there’s a groundedness to its bearing. How these two work together is not an art so much as a balance between opposites and elements. In Tairua, hugging a dune reserve on the Coromandel, Ga
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Shorts
The Laurent collection, a sleek variety of suspended opaline globes by Montreal-based Lambert & Fils, calls upon delicate-looking support systems. Here, thin, polished brass and parallel wires work together like sculptural cogs to keep five glassy fo
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Extraordinary
Your ordinary brick is a ubiquitous building material that’s been used in architecture since ancient times: functional, cost-effective, commonplace. However, the architectural and spatial effects created with brick can be anything but ordinary. Austr
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Things To Do
24 March–11 April / Wellington Thom Monckton’s The Artist, a solo-physical comedy on the obstacles of creativity and the chaos that ensues for Monckton’s painter-character, is coming to Circa Theatre. circa.co.nz 25 March–2 May / Various locations Ov
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Draft Of Shadows
When Moisés Micha came across an abandoned four-storeyed townhouse in Mexico City’s affluent Chapultepec district, he purchased it without a second thought. The 1970s’ brutalist building may be startlingly oversized for a bachelor pad, but the co-fou
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Books
Gestalten, approx. $150 Too much, even as the vaguest of quantities, seems as if it does not exist in this book. Yet there is something measured, even precise, in the interiors it contains. From a library with a gold-leaf ceiling to an apartment with
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Courtyard Dreams
When Nick and Clare McIntosh and their two primary-school-aged children moved in to their new home in the Auckland neighbourhood of Grey Lynn, they already knew the house. “We had lived [two doors down],” says Clare. They also knew what changes they
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On The Shelves
Editor, author and strategist Cliff Kuang will be in New Zealand for the Auckland Writers Festival (see facing page). Here, he explores the books currently on his shelves. For a full reading list, visit urbismagazine.com John Jeremiah Sullivan, 2011
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Living With Art
Trust is design’s great intangible. Once it is implicit, the project has the best possible chance of ending up beyond the client’s wildest dreams. It also ensures that the process is a joy every step of the way. With this Brazil-based couple, trust e
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Hot House
Dan Brunn has taken the idea of home entertaining to the next level. While it’s common to see a project description include the various suppliers involved – a kitchen by X, bathrooms by Y and, perhaps, flooring by Z – the Tel Aviv native’s Los Angele
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Spaces
What were the clients’ main requests? Edward Yedid (EY): We learned how important art and design are to them, and their preferences in terms of palette. They wanted their home to feel calm. When we met, the husband was dressed from head to toe in sof
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Get The Look On Your Walls
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Phantasmal Holiday
The rendered worlds of self-taught South African artist Alexis Christodoulou are excavations. They are as much of modern architecture as of their influences, from films and photographs to the tones of Aldo Rossi’s drawings. alexiscstudio.com ■
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Technophile
The Phase One IQ4 stills camera has more pixels than does any consumer model by far: 150 megapixels, to be precise. In addition to chomping through the memory cards, this camera delivers a stunning medium-format image and includes a standard 80mm len
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Shorts
This subaquatic-inspired installation at Design Miami by Parisian gallery Scene Ouverte is composed of only two pieces (Bubble armchair and Coral light sculpture by Léa Mestres and William Coggin), yet it manages to create a delightful, fresh mood, w
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Soft Fantasia
And as for every high-profile architect with a distinct design signature, there’s speculation around what his own home looks like. So, the unveiling of his studio’s newest project in Bondi Junction is not only going to win Bull more admirers, it’s al
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Things To Do
12 December / Auckland Indulge your olfactory senses with this natural fragrance class in Ponsonby. Make your own scent from Perfume Playground’s fragrance bar, smell more than 50 notes at its scent lab and learn about flower essences, essential oils
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Swan Lake
A great gully carved by an ancient ice flow bisected this Queenstown property – a glacial remnant that left the sheltered part of the land facing the rugged peaks and overlooking an unlovely depression. When architect Andrew Patterson and his clients
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