Our new cover

Our new cover is a photograph by Patrick Reynolds of architect Sir Miles Warren's amazing home and garden, Ohinetahi, on Banks Peninsula. The home was substantially damaged in the September 2010 Canterbury earthquake, but has now been rebuilt in a slightly different form. You can read Finlay Macdonald's in-depth interview with Sir Miles about his home and Christchurch's post-quake future in the magazine, on newsstands Monday June 4. 

Other exhilarating, beautiful, drool-worthy content in this issue includes:

  • Our 2012 furniture and homeware Design Awards winner and finalists.
  • Auckland architect Jack McKinney's remarkable villa transformation.
  • A new Queenstown getaway by Pete Ritchie and Bronwen Kerr of Kerr Ritchie Architects.
  • A major feature on architect Ian Athfield by Julia Gatley, coinciding with the upcoming launch of Julia's new book on Athfield Architects, as well as lavish coverage of Ath's remarkable, crumbling, inspiring Wellington home by Patrick Reynolds.
  • New Zealand architect William Tozer's sleek, gritty design for a new apartment in an old London factory building. 
  •  A fantastic encampment,style holiday home on Waiheke Island by Fearon Hay Architects.
  • Much more, including interviews with Pete Bossley, Tanu Gago, Katie Lockhart, Martin Brown and others...

Design Awards 2012 - the finalists

We're delighted to reveal the finalists in our 8th annual furniture and homeware Design Awards. The winner has been selected by our very glamorous judge, Christian Rasmussen of Denmark's Fritz Hansen (who was in New Zealand recently), and will be revealed in our June/July issue, which is on newsstands from Monday June 4. All the photographs are by Toaki Okano, styled by Alicia Menzies and Juliette Wanty. 

Here are the finalists, in no particular order. First, London-based New Zealand designer Jason Whiteley's 'Studio' chairs for Resident, made from blockboard wood sheets (created from the waste of other industrial timber processes).

Next, David Moreland's 'Pendant 45' light, made of spun aluminium and spun copper. 

Emma Hayes designed the 'River' print and fashioned it into silk throws, cushions and pillowcases for her firm MM Collections. 

London-based Phil Cuttance's 'Faceture' vases are made from water-based resin in a polypropylene mould, using a machine Phil made himself. Also in this shot is Design Awards 2012 finalist Holly Beals' 'Gallons' table. 

Nathaniel Cheshire's 'Oud' lamp for Resident is a homage to JJP Oud's 1928 Piano lamp, as well as incorporating references to Mies van der Rohe's Barcelona Pavilion and OMA's CCTV Tower. 

Two-time Design Awards winner Jamie McLellan's 'Spar' floor lamp for Resident was designed as a contemporary alternative to Achille Castiglioni's 'Arco' light in the way it cantilevers illumination into the centre of a space.

Tim Webber's 'Y' stools are elegant combinations of wood and powder-coated, primary-coloured steel. 

Our lineup of Design Awards finalists appears to grow more impressive every year, a vote of confidence not only in the increasing appreciation for local design here in New Zealand, but the ingenuity of our designers in creating export-ready objects. Our congratulations to all the designers whose work appears in our June/July Design Awards issue. We look forward to revealing the winner to you on June 4.

Travel - Daniel Marshall's Chicago slideshow

This is the first in what we hope will become a regular series of travel dispatches from architects and people interested in architecture. A couple of weeks ago, Auckland architect Daniel Marshall travelled to Chicago, one of the most interesting cities for architecture in the US (or the world, depending on your point of view). 

Handing over now to Daniel, who will guide you through his slideshow.

Chicago is a city deservedly proud of its architectural heritage, where even the doorman at Mies van der Rohe’s Lake Shore Drive apartments can provide an animated and almost entirely fictitious account of moments in the city’s architectural history.

I was lucky enough to be invited there a couple of weeks ago to meet with a client, and I spent five days roaming the streets and checking out the city’s rich architectural history. Here are images representing some of the architectural highlights of the trip.

Cocktails at the John Hancock Center, designed by Skidmore, Owings and Merrill, and completed in 1968.

The Crown Fountain in Millennium Park, conceived by Spanish artist Jaume Plensa.

Nichols Bridgeway leaving the modern wing of the Art Institute of Chicago, designed by Renzo Piano Building Workshop. In the background you can see the Frank Gehry-designed Jay Pritzker Pavilion.

Anish Kapoor’s Cloud Gate, a magnet for photo opportunities.

Frank Gehry’s BP Bridge, straddling a freeway between two parks.

Aqua Apartments, designed by Jeanne Gang of Studio Gang Architects.

Crown Hall at the Illinois Institute of Technology by Mies van der Rohe.

860–880 Lake Shore Dr apartments by Mies van der Rohe.

God is in the details at Lake Shore Drive apartments. 

Frank Lloyd Wright’s iconic planters at the Robie House. And finally, below, the architect [Ed: Daniel Marshall, not Mies] in repose at Mies van der Rohe's Farnsworth House.

Fearon Hay wins chapel design competition

Fearon Hay Architects have won the much sought-after competition to design a chapel at Auckland's Holy Trinity Cathedral.

The firm's design features a glass-walled chapel with a canopy roof featuring mosaic artwork.

"This winning design, in its inherent simplicity and economy of means, provides a powerful starting point for achieving an inspiring, useful and ‘of its time’ Chapel," said David Sheppard, President-elect of the NZ Institute of Architects and the competition judging panel chair. "It promises to become a perfect complement to the great works of St Mary’s, Architect Towle’s Chancel, Dr Toy’s Nave and forecourt, and Jacky Bowring’s memorial gardens.”

It will be located at the south end of the Cathedral, where a "temporary" corrugated iron wall has stood for almost 40 years. Here are some of the images developed by Fearon Hay in their entry to the competition:

Our congratulations to Jeff Fearon and Tim Hay and the team at Fearon H`y Architects.
The design competition was run through the NZ Institute of Architects. The winning entry from chosen from a shortlist comprised of Athfield Architects, Architectus, and RTA Studio in collaboration with Bossley Architects. Work is expected to start next year.

An event ... you're invited

Later this month we're very excited to be hosting Wallpaper magazine creative director Meirion Pritchard and VII Photo Agency photographer Stefano De Luigi for a talk about the future of publishing at the Auckland Museum. Limited seats are available, so please RSVP as soon as you can to kstevens@acpmedia.co.nz to reserve your place. Details on the invitation below. We hope to see you there. 

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