Published bi-monthly, Urbis features stylish interiors, spaces and objects, fascinating places, interesting people, technology updates and car reviews. Through its sophisticated design, Urbis appeals to design-savvy consumers and style-makers, as well as design and architecture professionals.
Things to do • Endless days, salty dips and the height of fashionable temperatures: here are our seasonal pickings for the summertime calendar.
Summer sounds • If there is one thing summer in New Zealand does well, it is a laid-back music gig in the open air. Here is our pick of the sun-drenched, nature-scented tunes for the months ahead.
Books • These great summer reads are caroming in from various sides of the bookish pool.
LOCAL LIBRARY • Fresh new interiors and architecture titles from and about New Zealand.
Technophile • The year has all but disappeared into the cloud. A flash of megabits, megapixels and mixed reality – it can be tough to keep track of this year’s tech advancements. But never fear, here are our picks of some of the best.
Urbis Drive • Andrew Kerr drives cars from four genres that have changed dramatically this century.
TOP SHELF: Idyll worship • Furniture for cloudless skies includes: a cooling drink, a magazine in hand, one’s favourite sunglasses, that beloved hat, some soothing tunes and sporadic dips in the water.
TOP SHELF: Of sun and soil • Adobe, terracotta, baked brick, ochre, umber: We explore the millenary hues and pigments of scorched earth.
2020 Vision • Sustainability, craft and colour… we don our forecaster goggles to see what rosy trends might await us, and our homes, in the year ahead.
In the frame • Miniature chairs or enormous glasses? Specs and seating make for delightful pairings when design and proportions are playfully skewed in this collaboration between Vitra Design Museum and Parker & Co.
Inside Story • Although verging on asceticism, Waikato-based ceramicist Margi Nuttall opens the doors of her home to show us the few highly selected objects she cannot part with.
Wood work • We speak to designer Frans Pahlplatz, director of Amsterdam-based kitchen-crafting boutique Eginstill, as he makes a quick stop at the Urbis office.
Artful living • Wellington gallerist Olivia McLeavey opens the door of her home to show us the objects she loves.
Double barrel • A husband-and-wife duo marrying liquor with ardour takes us into their spirited world.
Best of 2019 • Welcome to our Best of 2019 special, where the billowing, the straight-edged, the handmade and the highly technical all share space with the theatrical and the colourful.
HOUSE OF TEXTURE AND SUN
SUN SCULPTURE • This Greek island holiday home combines the best of traditional architecture with modern, worldly comforts, textiles and interiors.
BE MY GUEST • A Danish kitchen design firm allows potential customers to holiday in architecturally designed houses, equipped with its wares. We explore its latest abode, designed by rising star David Thulstrup.
BEHIND THE SCENES • Go beyond the everyday face of this Remuera home, originally built in the 1940s, to discover an unexpected touch of star power.
SOFT FANTASIA • Cross-pollinated compositions and a certain chromatic sweetness multiply in Bondi Junction.
SWAN LAKE • Suzanne Turley, New Zealand’s doyenne of landscape design, is an authority of setting. Through this excerpt from her new book – Suzanne Turley: Private Gardens of Aotearoa, edited by Urbis’ creative director, Thomas Cannings – we step into one of her master strokes.
Prickly in pink