It would seem that shooting stars and supernovas are becoming Karen Walker’s language of choice. Shining through in a very special new eyewear collection, Superstars, the limited edition shades promise to lend a flash of brilliance in the form of the brand’s best-selling designs, revisited with the Midas touch. Born from true ‘superstar’ ideology, the three lustrous styles Simone, Solar Harvest and Felipe will have the wearer shining brightly from afar. Now available in all their gold-mirrored glory, we suggest you invest in a pair STAT.
The solstice might have been and gone but we are, very much, in the throes of winter. Ward off Seasonal Affective Disorder with a liberal dose of the following:
Pinot Noir2015Grasshopper Rock
A boutique wine that everyone’s talking about, this stellar Pinot from Central Otago legends has all the softness and elegance that make the variety pop-off on New Zealand palates. Not to mention, it’s a single vineyard produce which means only the top fruit goes into this blend. Buy it here.
Syrah2015Theory & Practice Top rated by Bob Campbell and various other certified wine experts, this super-fine Hawke’s Bay specimen is one that we can’t stop cracking for nights spent by the fireplace. Dubbed a ‘pedigree new wine producer’ that’s making a name for over-delivering, we’re signing up by the caseload. Buy it here.
Bosquet Des Papes 2014 Châteauneuf-du-Pape Peppery, round and rich, there’s a reason this French wine has become something of a sensation. Derived from the Domaine Bosquet des Papes, a Grenache growing region in the hot South of France, none other than The Wine Advocate Robert Parker gives it his tick of approval. Buy it here.
Pinot Noir2015 Hāhā
The perfect accompaniment for all our favourite winter fare — rich duck, roast lamb, beef and smoked salmon — the grapes that go into this gorgeous wine are hand-picked in Marlborough Awatere and Upper Wairau Valleys. With plenty of berry and spicy clove on the nose, she’s a go-to choice for Pinot. Buy it here.
Bordeaux Blend2014Elephant Hill Merlot Malbec A ‘clean and perfect’ Bordeaux style that sums up winter perfectly, this luscious wine from Hawke’s Bay’s Elephant Hill is a hard one to go past. Drawing upon the ripeness of a hot year, you can expect freshness, liveliness, depth and satisfaction all rolled into one. What more could we ask? Buy it here.
Ever since he took out first prize at the Waikato National Contemporary Art Awards back in 2009, esoteric artist Dane Mitchell has been making waves, single-handedly stimulating a public conversation about art with his thought-provoking practice. Having recently returned from Berlin, his new show, Aeromancy, opening this Friday at Hopkinson Mossman, brings together two major bodies of work: one he begun in 2003 and the other that has developed over the past three years.
The latter, Sketches of Meteorological Phenomena, comprises hundreds of thunderbolt-like glass fulgurites (tentacle-like glass objects, created instantaneously when lightning strikes sand or particular soils), sketches of which Mitchell has ‘drawn’ using undulating sand, the aim being to re-enact the transformation of light to solid form. For Aeromancy, the gallery becomes a lightning field, littered with impossibly fragile glass tendrils to resemble a complex taxonomy of archaeological findings, root systems, rain-made-concrete, frozen water, or tentacles.
In the small gallery, Mitchell presents three large-scale photographic prints, each depicting a single petri dish containing the cultured growth of a dust sample from certain museums, in this case MoMA, Stedelijk and the Art Gallery of New South Wales. The images draw from a larger Dust Archive project, comprising dust samples collected by Mitchell from sixty different institutions over a 15-year period.
Long fascinated by dust and with an ongoing interest in the viewing body ‘as an unpredictable force’, this existential exhibition is a reminder of the eternal audience: “for we all come from dust, and to dust we shall return.”
Aeromancy will be showing from 30th June – 29th July.
Embellish your table with a touch of glistening Champagne.
Eating with good cutlery is like drinking out of a wine glass designed to enhance the appreciation of the drop, there is really just no other way. Since the mid-19th century, Sambonet, leaders of haute cuisine, has delivered such tableware, producing design-driven pieces with an inherent Italian flair. It is the linear range that has stood the test of time, elevating dining tables and dinner parties for years.
Available in black, copper, gold and the newly released of Champagne finishes, the line brings elegance to the tabletop in a perfect balance between design, functionality and quality. Each piece is aesthetically pleasing with ergonomic handles and perfectly smooth surfaces, and in its endeavour to create lasting relationships, Sambonet will become indispensable for your culinary pleasures.
The Sambonet Linear set with a Champagne finish has recently arrived in store at The Studio of Tableware, available in a beautiful 30 piece set. View the collection here.
It has been a little while since a new superfood popped up on our radar. And while we are still waiting for the much-promised benefits of goji berries to kick in (I am pretty sure that I am meant to be skinnier, healthier, smarter, funnier and more financially stable by now), we can’t help but take notice anytime a new one takes hold. Moringa is the new kid on the clean eating block.
A South Asian plant that has been used in alternative medicines for centuries, the bright green botanical is ground into a powder, consumed in smoothies and teas and has an earthy taste, not dissimilar to spinach or matcha. Said to aid in digestion, reduce inflammation, encourage clear skin, relieve stress and deliver a hefty energy kick, it is also high in antioxidants, contains nine essential amino acids, seven times more vitamin C than oranges and significant levels of vitamin A, K, E, iron, calcium and magnesium. Available from all good health food stores, while we wait for the goji berry goodness to kick in, we might just give it a go.
Words Madeline Saxton-Beer | PHOTOS Babiche Martens | 28 Jun 2017
Elevated Chinese fare is now on offer in the Federal Street precinct.
There are several delicacies you can’t afford to miss when visiting Shanghai; soup dumplings, stir fried noodles and the region’s famous Peking duck to name a few. However, given Auckland’s close connection to Asia, you might expect to find lofty iterations of the above more readily available at home.
Thankfully, SKYCITY has collaborated with acclaimed chef Nic Watt (of Masu and True Food & Yoga) to create a sophisticated Chinese restaurant with a bit of theatre to boot. Bringing a deliciously authentic taste of Shanghai-style fare to town, the new Federal Street restaurant, Huami, is at once traditional and modern. Nestled amongst the SKYCITY complex, head chef Jeff Tan’s experience working in some of the finest kitchens in Asia and the Middle East shines through in regional delicacies, hand-crafted dim sums and an array of sustainably sourced seafood that you can select from the aquatic, two-tiered feature wall.
Aside from plate after plate of enticing Asiatic fare, the new restaurant plays on Shanghai’s European influence. Drawing upon nuances of the French Concession, thematically dressed bar staff are on hand to shake up delicious vintage cocktails and pour from a hefty selection of Cognac and Armagnac. The wine selection, curated by master sommelier Cameron Douglas, is nothing to be sniffed at either.
Set to open its doors for lunch and dinner this Saturday, we imagine Huami’s impressive ambience becoming our go-to for elevated Asian fare whether it be for a bustling Saturday night or a soul-warming Sunday afternoon in the city.
Putting an elevated twist on what is traditionally an around-the-house style, E. von Dadelszen’s new pant is a bit of a fashion juxtaposition. An unlikely merging of smart and casual wear, the track trouser (note: not track pant) pairs a formal cut to a comfortable fit and fabric. The end result? A suave style that is just as well suited to weekend wear as it is a casual office setting.
Available in navy and grey, the trousers are cut in a technical stretch jersey and fastened by a drawstring waist. Made in Italy, with the same attention to detail E. von Dadelszen applies to all its formalwear, the track trouser also features a straight crease running down the length of each leg — not dissimilar to that of a dress pant. Seen here with the luxury brand’s reversible leather pilots jacket, navy/black baby cashmere jersey and double strap, fur lined boots, these are some seriously wearable slacks. Giving you the chance to wear your most comfortable pants to work — what’s not to like?
E. von Dadelszen
34 Customs Street East
Everyday pieces that embody the essence of 'understated femme'.
The stunning jewellery of French Maison Chaumet is known to adorn the lobes, wrists and décolletages of French screen sirens and royalty. But aside from its stunning red-carpet masterpieces, the marque has succeeded in carving out a reputation for highly-wearable, everyday pieces that embody the essence of ‘understated femme’.
Delicate feminity is indeed what underpins Chaumet’s fine Jeux de Liens collection whose new pendants are now available from local jeweller Hartfield. What was originally released as a celebration of the European summer is ripe for sweetening up our antipodean winter; the gorgeous gray or white Mother of Pearl varieties set in 18-karat white gold, centred by a single, brilliant-cut diamond, if not the glistening pavé of brilliant-cut diamonds. Perhaps the most eye-catching of them all, however, is the turquoise-coloured Chrysoprase.
Serving as the perfect entrée into the covetable world of finery presented by Chaumet, you’ll find these precious necklaces at the top of our winter wishlist.
Goodness Gracious has spread its doughy-wings and flown East.
The uptown bagel joint that garnered a loyal following before the doors even opened in Eden Terrace back in 2014 has spread its doughy-wings and flown East with a new ‘cross-town bagel spot’, and Goodness Gracious, it’s good.
Located in Parnell, the black and white theme follows on from its original outpost. The space is narrow with white tiles and a polished concrete floor, with a live moss wall perched above the kitchen. Smoothies, tea and coffee (you can grab a bag of custom blend beans too) are all on offer, as are a few options for an afternoon tipple and the perfect bagel companion; a delicious bloody mary.
The team behind the café know that if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it, so they’ll be serving up the same much-loved classics like ‘The B.L.A.T’ and ‘The Kransky’, and let’s not forget ‘The Sampler’ which includes a choice of three mini bagels almost too cute to eat. They also delve into the more exotic, if you’ve yet to try the chilli con carne that sits atop an open grilled bagel, let’s just say you’re in for a treat.
With the option to dine in or order online and take away, we expect the same sort of atmosphere found at the uptown bagel spot; great bagels, great coffee and plenty of people keen to get a taste of the doughy delights.
This morning, circa 5.40am, we were acutely reminded of just how potent New Zealand’s hallmark ingenuity, determination and resourcefulness can be. Paying off in the form of the hard-won Auld Mug, the America’s Cup is officially ours and here are few things we can look forward to as a result.
The end of Larry’s reign The whole nation can breathe a sigh of relief knowing that Larry Ellison’s grand plans and despot-esque cup rulings have well and truly been put to bed. Just as Grant Dalton said, “The biggest software company in the world just got beaten by little old New Zealand software.” And it feels good.
More teams will compete
As a consequence of said person moving on. The next class of America’s Cup boat will likely return to the classic, monohull variety which, in itself, significantly lowers the barriers to entry. Did we mention that the Prada-owned Luna Rossa team presented the official challenge promptly after ETNZ crossed the finish line?
It reiterates New Zealand’s standing as a sailing nation Move over Lord of the Rings, and the All Blacks for that matter,this year’s America’s Cup coup means we have a sterling new (or rather, ‘revived’) claim to fame that might just allow us to shake the whole Hobbiton thing — not that we don’t appreciate it, just that it’s perhaps time to move on.
There’s a 0.03% chance we’ll have new public holiday on our hands We hear the calls. It almost happened when Australia first won the competition back in 1983, but given Prime Minister Bill English’s laid back attitude — sources suggest he watched the final match with a cup of Milo in bed this morning — we won’t be holding our breath.
New Zealand can party like it’s 1999 (again)
(Cue: Prince) Many of us can recall the revelrous atmosphere and people-packed streets of the 2000 Match based out of Auckland’s very own Viaduct Harbour. Well, you can expect that all over again in (what might be less than) four short years time. Needless to say, Auckland will be a bigger and better city for it.