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 this summer • Music, sunshine, design, food and drink: it is, indeed, the season to be jolly. Here are our picks of some of the best events for summer.
Technophile • This year has been a fantastic year for gadgets. Whether you can view it, hear it, or wear it; ‘it’ has probably turned a corner in 2018. The future is here, and we like it. Here’s the best of the best!
The Urbanists • Cuba Street is an urban icon of Wellington: gritty, creative and somehow managing to retain its persona. As the old street starts to see some changes, we explore some of its old, new and significant tenants.
Urbis Drive • Andrew Kerr rounds off the motoring year with big hitters at both ends of the performance spectrum.
Spring clean • These objects of desire and their strong silhouettes seek balance against a backdrop partly inspired by the crispness of late-spring and early-summer mornings.
Books • This summer sees a host of fabulous new books on our holiday reading list. Here, we profile a few that are guaranteed to transport you into the holiday spirit.
Design heritage • The new Classic Freestanding Cooker from Fisher & Paykel juxtaposes state-of-the-art performance with traditional aesthetics, proving, once again, that great design is where science and art meet.
Hot House • This home in Melbourne’s Barrington blurs the spatial boundaries between inside and out.
TOP SHELF: Beach hop • Bach and boat-ready objects of desire to sail into summer in absolute style
TOP SHELF: Good Day Sunshine • Interiors conceived for eternal, daydreamy summer days, optimism and radiant tans.
Inside Story • Ngahuia Damerell shows us her Paris home and the objects that best reflect her Māori heritage and cosmopolitan joie de vivre.
Clay and architecture • A young Auckland architect speaks to Sharon Stephenson about her passion for making ceramics.
Purveyor by design • We catch up with interior designer Jason Bonham to talk art, architecture and the ideal circumstances in which the two meet.
Many hands • Amanda Harkness talks to Luke Mills, a Nelson-raised lighting and furniture designer making pieces collaboratively in his Melbourne studio.
A VIEW OF THE YEAR THAT WAS
AT HOME WITH SABINE • SABINE MARCELIS IS ONE OF THE FASTEST-RISING STARS IN THE EUROPEAN INDUSTRIAL DESIGN GALAXY. SHE INVITED URBIS TO TOUR HER ROTTERDAM HOME AND DISCUSS HER WORK AND STRONG NEW ZEALAND ROOTS.
SENSORY EXPERIENCE • Mosman House draws the eye to the celebrated view while inspiring a tactile connection to the interior of the house.
ISLAND TIME • WITH SPARKLING WATERS ON ONE SIDE AND A LUSH MOUNTAIN RANGE ON THE OTHER, THIS HOUSE IS THE STUFF TROPICAL DREAMS ARE MADE OF.
PARTY OUT THE BACK • This Auckland villa was renovated with the hope of maximising the social and entertainment potential of its garden area.