The digital age: A world smothered in technology, apps, gadgets and the World Wide Web, where coming across a library full of books, old and new, is a rare and beautiful thing. Paying homage to these humble literary shrines, we’ve rounded up some of the most stellar locations in which to lose yourself in the mystical world of Harry Potter or become engrossed in the adventures of Liesel Meminger in The Book Thief. Either way, these architectural masterpieces house some of the world’s oldest books, sure to make you consider putting down the Kindle.
While it might be all about the union of two, there’s a crucial third party involved when it comes to saying ‘I do’ — the ring. And if there was ever a piece of jewellery to encourage us to utter those binding words, it would have to be the bridal set from French jewellery house, Chaumet.
Calling upon the marque’s 235 years expertise, the classic ring set is part of the ethereal Plume Collection, which as its name suggests, is inspired by the lightness of a feather. The engagement ring is anchored by a round, brilliant cut diamond that is set in platinum and nestled onto dazzling, diamond set shoulders.
In terms of ‘his and hers’ wedding bands that complete the set, the woman’s is a matching, diamond studded symbol of eternity while the man’s is available in pink gold or platinum. Boasting Chaumet’s signature precision setting and clean lines, each ring is individually numbered to serve as a keepsake that will be thoughtfully passed down to future generations.
Available in store at Hartfield, to have one of Chaumet’s superior engagement rings custom made, visit the website to order the ring to your specifications from Paris in Chaumet’s bespoke ‘Crown Your Love’ service.
Openings on K’ Road always entice us for the fact that they present the unexpected. Awesome historic spaces have been opened up and vacated to make way for exciting new ventures. Between is one such specimen to have graced Auckland’s most dynamic street, nestled ‘between’ — just one reason for the name — the long-standing Rockshop outlets at the Symonds Street end. The other reason for its nomenclature is that its offering lies somewhere between Asian and European cuisine, an amalgamation of things Parisian and Vietnamese to be exact.
The cutesy, lofty, renovated new space is pouring out Rocket coffees, either espresso or pour over, Forage & Bloom teas, delicate little cakes (our favourite being the injectable tiramisu along with the eclairs), eggs bene, salads and fusion pasta with a Vietnamese bent. Quick to develop a following of its own, as well as hosting pop-ups in the not-so-distant future, if you’re after something different in the upper Queen Street area, we suggest you give Between a go.
Opening hours: Monday to Friday: 8am-4pm Saturdays: 8.30am-4pm Sundays: closed
No doubt we'll be indulging in our lunchtime poké habit.
Already devotees of the tacos, donburi and cocktails going down at Britomart’s cosiest eatery, Fukuko, the launch of its newest temptation, a weekday sushi menu, is expanding the horizons of our midday meals.
Created by the same infallible culinary team behind Ebisu, the fresh selection encompasses all of our most-loved maki rolls and nigiri as well as introducing a few curious new combinations. Think seared beef with avocado, capsicum and yuzu mustard; chicken katsu sushi; salmon and tuna poké bowls, and perfectly crisp nori chips. With a pick ‘n’ mix mentality that allows you to choose your favourite flavours, there will also be speciality items added on the reg.
With the option to dine in or take away from 11am-3pm Monday-Friday, you can also order Fukuko Sushi for your next get together, with platters available so long as you give the 24 hours notice.
Matakana welcomes its very own world-class sculpture park.
We’ve always known Matakana to be one of those townships with a disproportionate interest in the arts, but a newfound destination designed for cultural enlightenment is taking things to the next level. Located on the well-trodden route to Omaha, a new sculpture park (and soon to be dining destination) Sculptureum, is making waves for its unprecedented display of world-class art.
No less than 12 years in the making, the couple behind the unique development are Auckland-based lawyers Anthony and Sandra Grant who hope “the array of artistic creativity on display will amuse, inspire and stimulate” their visitors. Having spent even longer procuring the pieces that are now in situ, the cultural Garden of Eden boasts three gardens abounding with works by Cezanne, Monet, Chagall, Rodin and others; animal sculptures by artists from all over the world and more contemporary works in plastic and alternative materials. The magnum opus, however, has to be the fiery blown glass chandelier by famous American artist Dale Chihuly — the most substantial work of glass art on public display in Australasia.
Further to the other-worldly gardens there are six galleries, a vineyard, function centre and the aptly titled bar and restaurant, Rothko — the perfect place to indulge in a glass of Sculptureum’s award-winning wine, and soon, a menu of enticing daytime dishes. Given the unparalleled status of this game-changing new art haven, we’re champing at the bit to lay eyes on such a hedonistic collection.
Open Thursday through Monday, 9am-3pm (with Rothko opening at 11am), tickets can be purchased from the website.
The loveable gang that could teach your kids Te Reo.
Plush and bug-eyed with cartoon features and cheeky smiles, the Pipi Mā gang are the cutest dolls we’ve come across in a while. And, with the ability to rattle off a slew of words, expressions and songs in Te Reo as the world’s first 100% Māori speaking doll too, we’ve come to conclude that they are also the coolest.
Created by a family dedicated to preserving and furthering the Māori language, the dolls are bringing Te Reo into the every day in a kid-friendly and cuddly way. With four dolls in the collection: poi-twirling Pipi, green-haired Hura, bespectacled Tītoki and number-loving Pītau Pōtiki, each of the gang has their own sayings and songs to share. A fun way to introduce the wee ones to Te Reo early on, they normalise the language and celebrate Māori culture, giving our tamariki the opportunity to see it everywhere, “so that it is not merely confined to the classroom or marae” the creators say.
An incredible incentive, we are of the opinion that we have just stumbled upon the finest children’s gift of the year. Cute, cuddly and educational, you can shop the covetable quad on the Pipi Mā website, here. Ka pai.
Lazy and boy are two words that seldom make it into the same sentence around here. Yet you can’t deny that — though aesthetically challenged — the darn things are comfortable. Enter a solution that sacrifices nothing in terms of design and delivers everything in terms of comfort — King Living’s aptly named King Cloud III.
The living room staple of the modern age, this sublime sofa blends ultimate comfort with modern technology. Equipped with a discreetly integrated control system that allows you to electronically recline and extend the sleek chaise to achieve peak comfort, we’re almost ready to trade in our beds in favour of snuggling up on this adaptable piece of lounge furniture.
To find out more about the King Cloud III’s endless features, sit back and picture yourself lounging on one via the video below.
Charles Lewis Tiffany arrived in New York City in 1837 with a dream of captivating and celebrating the world’s great love stories with a little blue box. With his abiding infatuation for the most beautiful diamonds in the world, Tiffany & Co. has continued to be at the forefront of the world’s greatest design movements. The newest collection, HardWear, was inspired by a unisex design from 1971 and pays tribute to the strength and spirit of the modern woman.
And who better to embody this ideology than Lady Gaga, the latest muse for the jewellery empire? A New York City native, Gaga says “You’re born knowing that Tiffany is the best, you know that you will have a truly special moment if you go to the Tiffany store and look into those windows.” The first new collection since the sleek and polished Tiffany T line in 2014, HardWear certainly seems to suit the often-outrageous musician with an edgier aesthetic featuring padlocks, chains and golden spheres that delicately hang from utilitarian chains and cuffs.
Describing herself as fiercely feminine and creative, Gaga captures the power and edge of the city and energy of its streets — a beautiful parallel to the new collection. Officially arriving in-store on Friday 28th April, we will be peering into those windows for our own ‘truly special moment’ with the arbiters of taste, style and luxury.
Sydney is a city littered with great houses and this ultra-modern Balmoral residence is yet another example. The project was completed in 2015, a three-year collaboration between Sydney architect Harlan Redgen and Cameron MacDonald, a London-based designer and developer who specialises in creating luxury ‘turn-key’ homes — properties that are ready to be lived in, complete with custom furniture, linen, crockery and towels. Fresh, crisp and lacking in any superfluous decoration, it’s no wonder MacDonald has a knack for catering to the needs of jet-setting ‘ultra-high net worth individuals’. Even Justin Bieber stopped in to stay when recently passing through the harbour city on tour.
Already loved for their crafty home and retail solutions, Mount Maunganui-based designers George Wilkins and Will McCallum are continuing to restore our faith in the younger generation’s handyman capabilities with their just-released leather line. Encompassing a laptop sleeve, mouse pad, wall pouch and the finest skipping rope we’ve ever eyed, if you’re looking to update your office accessories — this would be a good place to start.
Designed to transcend the trends, the new collection doesn’t skimp on quality or style, instead, it’s hand-stitched and made with premium materials, designed to ‘develop character’ as it ages. The type of pieces that will look better with a bit of wear and tear, they make for great gifts too. Available now from the lads’ online store, you can shop the leather collection, here.