Exhibition: ‘Sway’ by Jason Woodside

Seldom does one meet art whose designs are quite so cheerful.

It’s not often you meet an artist whose objective it is to instil optimism. Jason Woodside, however, is one such anomaly. With an infectious happiness to be found in his colourful, textile-like works comprising vivid colours and contrasting layers of simple, geometric patterns, the American artist’s trademark aesthetic can be found on various urban fabrics including buildings, containers and corporate offices.

Living and working in New York City, Woodside’s recent collaborations and commissions include Adidas, Saatchi & Saatchi, Jeffery Dietch and Colette while his large scale, exterior pieces grace walls in New York, Paris, Los Angeles, Sydney and Auckland. Here for a good time, not a long time (Woodside’s in the country for two weeks with his range of dynamic originals on canvas, prints and works on paper), Woodside’s reputation precedes him, making this a show that’s well worth your attention.

Opening tonight, Thursday, 23rd June, from 5.30pm – 8pm, ‘Sway’ will be on show till 30th June.

Allpress Studio

8 Drake Street
Freeman's Bay

www.jasonwoodside.com

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With the chilly conditions prompting us to rug up, it seems only fitting that the courtesy be extended to the four-legged creatures in your care. To suitably ‘winterise’ your pet, you need to:

1. Consider trading Buddy the Border Collie in momentarily. Opting instead for a cold weather savvy creature like a Karakachan Bear Dog. Putin has one, so you know this breed is prepped and primed for harsh, wintry conditions.

2. Invest in paw protectors, also known as pet shoes, or better yet, matching jumpers. The entertainment value alone will ensure Sophie the Siamese is warmed by how much joy she brings you. Or, at the very least, running away from your attempts will keep her safe from falling temperatures.

3. Make like the man who smuggled his best friend into a movie theatre under his shirt and strap the hound on your person. Bonus points for finding a BabyBjorn big enough for the task.

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Exhibition: ‘Runaway’ by Ken Griffen

Local artist Ken Griffen unveils a series of portraits that masterfully depict the age of anxiety.

“Runaway is a contemporary view of the suppressed anxiety of now. The fight for survival has changed but anxiety remains. Your existence has become expensive, life is no longer cheap. There are no more saber tooth tigers to run away from, yet we keep creating parallel problems.” These are the words used to describe the essence of Auckland-based artist and graphic designer Ken Griffen‘s latest exhibition, opening tonight at Precinct 35 in Wellington.

Portraiture is Griffen’s signature, a hallmark that has raised the young creative’s own profile over the last 18-months during recent studio placements in Amsterdam, Berlin and Auckland. Continuing his investigation — painting with observations that portray not only the subject, but also a broader social stance — Griffen’s travels have equipped him with a sweeping perspective of Western social society. Runaway brings to light the internal reality of how we think and prioritise. “Mark makings of facial expressions to corporate logos are used as a language to communicate. These anxiety driven observations show a picture of what is felt today.”

Not only is there guaranteed to a be a swathe of individuals out there with whom Griffen’s work and perspective resonates, but the graphic nature of his pieces are immensely easy on the eye. Hence, we suggest you head along to bask in the collective angst.

Runaway’s opening night will be held on Thursday, 23rd June 5:30pm – 8:30pm at Precinct 35.

Opening hours:
Monday –  Thursday 10am-5pm,
Friday – 10am-6pm
Saturday – 10am-5pm
Sunday – 11am-4pm 

Precinct 35

35 Ghuznee St
Wellington

www.precinct35.co.nz

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The sun-drenched four-storey Sydney Harbourside modern residence is the work of Greg Natale Design. Opting for a white palette, different finishes add sumptuous detail – the panelling in kitchen cabinetry, the pattern of marble in a bathroom, a subtle geometric bedroom wallpaper, a patterned armchair. Against that, intense shades of indigo, plum and violet add pops of personality.

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Malt Public House

Get ready Grey Lynn, this new gastropub is set to be your new local.

Having a good local is high on our priority list. The term gastropub conjures up romantic images of frothing icy-cold pints, finger-licking bites topped off with a relaxed and convivial environment — a far cry from the tragic cigarette-tainted pubs of the past. One thing for certain, is that we’re not seeing them pop up as frequently as we’d like. So when we discovered that Malt bar in Grey Lynn had changed hands and been treated to a complete overhaul, we jumped at the chance to check it out.

Located on the corner of Richmond Road and Hakanoa Streets, Malt Public House has all the new ingredients to cement itself as our favourite local. The extensive renovation took six months to complete and includes a relocation of the bar and kitchen, an extension of the interior space, as well as an upgrade to the courtyard, now festooned with lights adding to the ambience of the roaring fireplace.

Offering lunch, bites, and dinner (and soon brunch — hello Bloody Marys), the menu is the classic pub fare executed with finesse. Some of the highlights from the grazing options include a rainbow beetroot and goats cheese terrine with honeycomb and pickled ginger, moreish pork belly cubes with parsnip puree and carrot reduction and not to mention the confit duck poutine, a sublime amalgamation of French fries and cheese generously topped with a light brown gravy. On the more substantial side, as well as delicious burgers, a pie will be on weekly rotation (think beef bourguignon creamy mash and sauteed cabbage) as well as some of the meanest fish n’ chips in town. You also can’t go wrong when choosing from their Grill section as we hear the Argentinean head chef is known for his ways with a steak.

Perhaps one of the most exciting prospects of this new watering hole is the high level of service one can expect. Experienced staff await, imparting impressive knowledge regarding the food and wine — which by the way has been expertly picked with the help of the wine connoisseurs at Maison Vauron — and who greet you by name, pouring your favourite drop before you’ve even had a chance to sit down. It’s the sort of place you’ll want to keep coming back to, and with the weekly changing menu, regular patrons will never get bored.

Open 7 days 11am — late.

Malt

Corner of Richmond Road and Hakanoa Streets
West Lynn
Auckland

09 360 9537

www.maltpublichouse.co.nz

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Black joinery, black walls, black marble – furthering our adoration for all things noir is a selection of matt black tapware from local bathroom suppliers Robertson, elevating our interiors into higher industrial chic realms. A trend as popular in the kitchen as it is in the bathroom, we’ve curated a selection of settings and fittings to inspire you to hop on the black bandwagon and specify the finish du jour.

Selected tapware is available locally via Robertson

Robertson

25 Vestey Dr
Mt Wellington
Auckland

(09) 573-0490

www.robertson.co.nz

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Leave it to Christian Dior to present the one shoe that every discerning lady should own.

What is the very essence of femininity — the classic pump — is a definitive shoe in any discerning lady’s wardrobe. Transitioning seamlessly from daywear into the cool glamour of the night, it comes as no surprise that the house of Christian Dior has forever lead the way in the world of the perfectly proportioned pump.

Year after year, their considered footwear collections flaunt stilettos with a strikingly elegant silhouette, rendering them one of the most flattering shoes on the market. With a perfect pointed toe and a deep, provocative décolléte, Dior pumps are a teetering symbol of sophistication and an understated showstopper in any occasion.

Taking care of our sartorial needs, a smart collection of pumps await at the Queen Street boutique, including the widely anticipated Dioressence range — a reinterpretation of the iconic Christian Dior pump circa 1959. Whether worn with a pair of distressed jeans and a loosely fitted white shirt, or a stunning LBD, it’s safe to say that there will never be a day when we cease to praise the pump.

Dior

45 Queen Street
Auckland 1010

09 373 4849

www.dior.com

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The Best Hot ‘n’ Spicy Soup Dishes

 

Ready to kick things up a notch? With its ability to thaw us from the inside out, we thought it pertinent to refresh our Rolodex of eateries offering the best Asian-inspired soups — each one as hot, spicy and soul-warming as the next. Add chilli to taste.

1. Crispy Fried Jerk Chicken Noodle Bowl from Chop Chop
Complemented by tomato and green chilli, if you’re amongst the more health-conscious, you can ask for zoodles in lieu of your rye noodles. Then again, you might want to reconsider your choice of fried chicken all together. (Ponsonby Central, 140 Ponsonby Rd)

2. Kaow Thom from Bolaven
The talk of the town when it comes to the famed South-east Asian pho-like dishes, this free-range chicken soup featuring rice, corn, celery and fresh herbs with a soft poached egg is gluten, sugar and dairy-free to boot. (597 Mt Eden Road, Mt Eden)

3. Wonton Ramen from Ramen Takara
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4. Laksa from Selera
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5. Ramen from Zool Zool
This cosy little Mt Eden noodle house and Izakaya is renowned for serving some of the finest ramen in town. Pair it with an Orion beer and you’ve got a perfect little dinner in some very cute environs too. (405 Mt Eden Rd, Mt Eden)

6. Beef Pho from Hello Mister & District 5 
If you’re after a takeaway lunch, these phos are utterly soul-warming with a deeply flavoured broth that’s perfect for crisp winter days. (5b Hardinge St & 28 Shortland St, CBD)

7. Tom Yum from Kiss Kiss
“Silky, aromatic, sweet and sour Thai-style chicken soup, served with a side of jasmine rice” is what their menu says. We needn’t elaborate. (1 Rocklands Ave, Balmoral)

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