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.
Urbis picks: Architecture Awards • It is that time of the year when architectural projects from across the country come out of hiding and into the spotlight that they deserve. For the past few weeks, the New Zealand Institute of Architects has been awarding the top projects from across eight regions in the country. Here are some of the most inspiring homes to have received accolades. architecturenow.co.nz
Tom Dixon’s new home • In an exclusive tour, Urbis steps into Dixon’s new headquarters in a heritage coal office in London, only to find a space which is as stunning as are his own creations.
Urbis’ food pick: Party on a Plate • The cool little city of Wellington is this year celebrating a decade of one of its most delicious festivals – Wellington on a Plate. For 17 days in August, the region will be dishing up food, drink and events as it rightfully lays claim to its title of the country’s culinary capital. Here are some of the events we are looking forward to:
THINGS TO DO AND SEE THIS SEASON
HOT HOUSE • An exposed site with glorious views across Lyttelton Harbour called for a house with two very distinct zones, cloaked in a cantilevered canopy roof.
TOP SHELF: Best in brass • The metallic alloy continues to be high in the material list for furniture-makers. Here are some of our recent objects of desire.
TOP SHELF: Wine & mint • Burgundy’s grown-up and sensual warmth is balanced here by the more-youthful and cool aftertaste of mint.
Urbis Drive • Andrew Kerr profiles futuristic car designs that confirm the momentum of an electrified era.
Liquid textures • Waves of velvet, ripples of yarn, crests on timber and creamy porcelain: bathroom scenes of comfort and style are anchored by Adesso products.
Inside Story • Multi-talented entertainers Jackie van Beek and Jesse Griffin give us a tour of their home and the objects they love.
Jackie’s favourite things
Singing in the rain • A former architect and fashionista react to the Wellington weather by attempting to create the perfect waterproof coat and will soon launch what is possibly the most sustainable one yet. Sharon Stephenson finds out more.
SPECIAL REPORT • In a way, furniture pieces can range from being our silent confidants, allies to our relaxation and, at points, monuments to our lifestyle. Urbis takes a look at design trends coming from the recent Milan Furniture Fair 2018.
NATURAL LUXURY • DESIGNED BY PIERRE YOVANOVITCH, THIS SWISS APARTMENT EMBODIES THE LUXURY OF NATURAL MATERIALS AND CUSTOM DESIGN.
OCEAN HOME • THIS PAUANUI BEACH HOME PROUDLY DISPLAYS ITS OWNERS’ POLYNESIAN HERITAGE THROUGH WELL-CONSIDERED ARCHITECTURAL MOVES.
KALEIDOSCOPE IN MOTION • American designer Kelly Wearstler is at the top of her game and, in this bombastic Los Angeles home, she lets colour and pattern fall, shift and splatter with gusto.
PLACE TO BE • An Auckland apartment with grit and street cred is transformed into a cool, urbane version of itself through colour and texture.
CALLIGRAPHY AND STONE • This Sydney home burrows within rocks and reflects its owners’ passion for books and Chinese culture.
2018 – 2019 Milan Trend Guide
OPINION: KITCHEN TRENDS IN MILAN • Fisher & Paykel’s general manager of design, Mark Elmore, shares some of the trends, ideas and objects of desire he gathered from EuroCucina, Milan Design Week’s biennial...