Platner armchair and Saarinen conference chairs available from Studio Italia.

This sophisticated Milanese home is mid-winter elegance at its finest

There is something very appealing about the luxurious materials and timeless design pieces of this elegant Milanese home. Each room exudes a familiar sophistication that has us wanting to cosy up on the Lucrezia sofa with a vino tinto, next to the large fireplace clad in corrugated marble. Designed by Studiopepe for Spotti Milano, the retro-inspired look interprets the classic, with a contemporary twist. A warm atmosphere prevails thanks to the soft and subdued colours, luxe velvet tones and a spectacular myriad of lighting. From the entrance marked by a continuous wall clad in Salvatori Silk Georgette through to the informal reading room, every space has been carefully curated to perfection.


Platner side table (above) available from Studio Italia.


Lampadaire standing light (above left) and Grasshopper task table lamp and Applique wall lights (above right) available from Cult.


Freud daybed (above left) available from Cavit & Co. Flat.C wall system (also above left) available from Matisse.


ClassiCon Bell coffee table (above) available from Matisse. Tip of the tongue lamp available from ECC. Tulip side table (above right) available from Studio Italia.


Lucrezia Sofa (above) and ClassiCon bell side table available from Matisse. Saarinen table (also above) available from Studio Italia.


Carl Hansen CH25 chairs (above) available from Cult.


Acuzena light set (above) by Glas Italia. Brand available from ECC. Tulip side table (also above) available from Studio Italia.

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The World in Your Window

Your NZIFF 2017 checklist — we round up the best films on show

The 2017 New Zealand International Film Festival is set to kick off in a fortnight (20th July). Given the overwhelming number of quality films that will be playing, we saw fit to round up six of the best in show.

1. 20th Century Women
It’s the late 70s Santa Barbara, the cusp of fundamental social change in America, and Dorothea Fields (Annette Benning) is raising her son alone. She consequently enlists the help of two local women — one free-spirited punk artist (Greta Erwing) and one provocative teenage neighbour (Elle Fanning) for what results in an insightful, real and, at times, heart-warmingly funny film. Watch the trailer here

2. The Inland Road
New Zealand filmmaker Jackie van Beek isn’t afraid of taking risks, a quality that is evident in her lyrical debut film The Inland Road. The story follows a ‘runaway girl exploring unsteady paths of emotional rescue with a young Central Otago family’ with the lead role adroitly played by amateur actress Gloria Popata. Watch the trailer here

The Beguiled

3. The Beguiled
With a stellar cast headlined by Nicole Kidman, Colin Farrel, Kirsten Dunst and Elle Fanning, this haunting work by award-winning director Sophia Coppola is one to send shivers up your spine. A wounded Civil War soldier inadvertently ends up in an all-female boarding school where sexual tensions soon arise amongst the women caring for him. Things soon turn sinister. Watch the trailer here

4. Big Time
This documentary will make you believe in the power of architecture as it tracks a 6-year period of Bjarke Ingels life as he goes about building his biggest project to date, the New York skyscraper W57. The revered architect is one of TIME’s 100 Most Influential People and Big Time offers an intimate insight into the genius’ inspiring mind. Watch the trailer here

Call Me by Your Name

5. Call Me by Your Name
Seductive and charming, young Elio Perlman is spending the summer with his family at their vacation home in Lombardy, Italy. When his father hires a handsome doctoral student, the 17-year-old finds himself developing a growing attraction to the young man. Watch a clip from the film here

6. The World in Your Window
Eight-year-old Jesse lives in a twilight world of sadness and silence, squeezed into a tiny caravan with his grief-stricken father. They’re in limbo, existing more than living. The child intuitively understands that looking forward is harder than looking back, and that’s where life happens. But they are stuck until an accidental friendship with a V8 driving transsexual unlocks the means for Jesse to liberate his father and himself. Watch the preview here

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The Queenstown Update — the latest and greatest from our Southern snow capital

In recent years, the classic Queenstown ski vacation has undergone a rather sensational transformation. A world away from our childhood days of being lugged up the slopes by a worryingly vocal rope tow and refuelled by thermos-housed soup in the top car park, the ruggedly beautiful Otago escape has entered an elevated new era. Here, we look at some of the fresh offerings that have risen to accommodate that, scroll through our gallery to discover more.

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Soho Basin Private Ski Field

Soho Basin Private Ski Field

Soho Basin Private Ski Field

Soho Basin Private Ski Field

A mere 10-minute helicopter flight from Queenstown, the exclusive Soho Basin — comprising 264 hectares of ungroomed backcountry — is the finest way to experience skiing in the Southern Hemisphere. A private ski area tucked just up the road from Cardrona, there are no chair lifts or tows at this upscale field. Instead, guests are ushered into heated snowcats then tracked up to the mountain’s various peaks. To discover more, visit our Queenstown Navigator, here.

Akarua Wines & Kitchen by Artisan

Akarua Wines & Kitchen by Artisan

Akarua Wines & Kitchen by Artisan

Akarua Wines & Kitchen by Artisan

Set in the historic Walnut Cottage, right on the edge of Arrowtown, Akarua Wines & Kitchen by Artisan is a calm and cosy stop off. With a restaurant and cellar door on-site, whether you’re stopping in for a brunch with friends or to sample the Akarua range, this relaxed roadside spot is the place to go. See more about it, here.

Wet Jacket Wines

Wet Jacket Wines

Wet Jacket Wines

Wet Jacket Wines

Having opened in the Bendemeer Woolshed last year, Wet Jacket Wines is a relaxed wine tasting experience for your next Southern sojourn. A heritage-steeped setting, with a fantastic cellar door, read more about the new spot, here.

The VIP Concierge Service — Our Man in New Zealand

The VIP Concierge Service — Our Man in New Zealand

The VIP Concierge Service — Our Man in New Zealand

The VIP Concierge Service — Our Man in New Zealand

Fully aware that the preeminent Queenstown adventures aren’t found on the back of the Earnslaw, Our Man in New Zealand is the modern VIP concierge delivering unforgettable experiences with the utmost discretion. With an ‘anything is possible’ mentality, you can read more about the unexpected itineraries past guests have enjoyed, here.

The Cardrona Distillery

The Cardrona Distillery

The Cardrona Distillery

The Cardrona Distillery

Handcrafting artisan spirits using traditional methods, exceptional ingredients and globally-sourced equipment, The Cardrona Distillery is an unmissable experience. Already boasting a celebrated range of gin, vodka and liqueurs, the inaugural whisky has been barrelled too, set for release in November 2025. With tours, tastings, a quaint cocktail bar and refined blackboard menu, read more about the distillery on our Queenstown Navigator.

Eichardt's Penthouse

Eichardt's Penthouse

Eichardt's Penthouse

Eichardt's Penthouse

For true indulgence in the heart of town, there is no finer option than Eichardt’s newly minted penthouse. Making headlines last year courtesy of its $10,000 per night price tag, the two-bedroom palatial lakefront accommodation is the ultimate in sophistication. Learn more, here.

Louis Vuitton and WORLD boutiques

Louis Vuitton and WORLD boutiques

Louis Vuitton and WORLD boutiques

Louis Vuitton and WORLD boutiques

Opening their doors in a new, dedicated shopping block right on the water’s edge, the arrival of these world-class boutiques is merely a signal of the fine things to come.

Jack's Point Restaurant — Take Two

Jack's Point Restaurant — Take Two

Jack's Point Restaurant — Take Two

Jack's Point Restaurant — Take Two

After a fire tore through the main building at Jack’s Point in August last year, an invigorated restaurant has opened. Heralding dishes that celebrate New Zealand and the Central Otago region, you can read more about the new spot, here.

The Boat Shed Cafe & Bistro

The Boat Shed Cafe & Bistro

The Boat Shed Cafe & Bistro

The Boat Shed Cafe & Bistro

Sitting right on the edge of Lake Wakatipu (the Frankton end) this cute little cafe is the perfect stop in for breakfast or brunch. With great options from the big breakfast to sirloin steak sandwiches, the French toast is particularly delicious. See more, here.

UnderDog Sledding

UnderDog Sledding

UnderDog Sledding

UnderDog Sledding

An exhilarating ride for the whole family, there’s nothing quite like speeding down the slopes on a husky-powered sled. See more here.

Jervois Steak House

Jervois Steak House

Jervois Steak House

Jervois Steak House

Unsurprisingly one of the most popular restaurants in town, a decent steak and red wine at JSH is just what the doctor ordered after a day on the slopes. Lying right in the heart of town, discover more about the Queenstown outpost on our Navigator.

Thrill Zone Kidz Club

Thrill Zone Kidz Club

Thrill Zone Kidz Club

Thrill Zone Kidz Club

An action-packed babysitter alternative, if you’re looking to ditch the kids for a day while on vacation, then Thrill Zone offers a fantastic option. With laser tag, 12D motion rides, a green screen studio and more, the club takes kids from 4-13 years old, discover more here.

Heli Skiing

Heli Skiing

Heli Skiing

Heli Skiing

Flying guests across the Southern Alps on adventures down untracked mountain terrain or for a lunch at Minaret Station, Alpine Helicopters is a worthy holiday accomplice. For more on the exciting opportunities, see here.

The Lodge Bar

The Lodge Bar

The Lodge Bar

The Lodge Bar

Beautiful lake views, roaring fires and exquisite kiwi fare are on the menu at this elegant bar. An ideal aprés ski spot, read more, here.

Clicquot in the Snow

Clicquot in the Snow

Clicquot in the Snow

Clicquot in the Snow

Making the most of Queenstown’s ‘winter playground’ reputation, Veuve Clicquot returns to host its annual luxury champagne festival this winter. Four days of effervescence fuelled frivolity encompassing it all from fashion shows to elegant long lunches, discover more, here.

Yonder

Yonder

Yonder

Yonder

A health-inclined eatery that boasts one of the most intriguing and inventive menus in town, this cosy spot is popular with the locals and tourists alike. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner with tasty fare that covers off all the common culinary ailments (great news for those avoiding gluten, sugar, dairy, nuts and animal products) you can explore more from the wholesome offering, here.

And the rest...

And the rest...

And the rest...

And the rest...

For more on the latest Queenstown discoveries (and a few old favourites), head to our Denizen Navigator, here.

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Nic Watt x INFINITI: A dedication to detail

Staying true to a simple food philosophy — a passion for flavour and a dedication to detail — Nic Watt has become one of Australasia’s most revered culinary talents. Having honed his craft in some of the finest restaurants in London, Tokyo and New York, before opening eateries in New Zealand and Australia, most of us know him as the mastermind behind SKYCITY’s Masu and Tamaki Drive’s exquisite True Food and Yoga. An elegant lifestyle from the outside, Watt admits it’s hard to remain strong-headed and forward thinking in his industry, but he works hard to maintain a vital sense of balance between work and life. Helping him through the journey is his car of choice, the INFINITI QX70 S Design. A sophisticated SUV that merges high performance with the finest luxury detailing, this is a vehicle that puts customer experience at the forefront both on and off the road, with entry to the INFINITI Owners Club. Offering members a myriad of benefits including VIP tickets to concerts and major sporting games, access to exclusive events, chef-hosted dinners and speaker sessions as well as the ability to exchange their vehicles for a different model up to 10 days a year, you can discover more about the exclusive Club, here

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This elegant resort is a seamless demonstration of classic meets contemporary

Lying amongst the wild karst mountains, on the banks of the Li River in China’s Guangxi Zhuang region, The Alila Yangshuo Resort is a serene and exotic escape. Set in a converted sugar mill, the luxury hotel is the work of renowned Beijing-based Vector Architects with interiors by Horizontal Space Design and set to open this July. A project that demonstrates how contemporary design can enhance classic architecture, it sympathetically partners the old to the new with a generous use of natural woods, stone, concrete and marble. A muted palette of browns, greys and whites create a calm and inviting atmosphere that works to complement the inherent beauty of the original buildings. Contemporary furniture also works to bring the 20th-century mill into the modern day, with pieces from renowned design houses like Stellar Works seen throughout the 177 rooms, suites, luxury villas, restaurants and spa. Using light as more of an artform than function, the entire thing is quite simply beautiful.

Stellar Works is available locally at Backhouse.

Backhouse

19 Earle Street
Parnell

(09) 309 0500

www.backhousenz.com

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Celebrate Māori New Year down at Silo Park

Every year, a cluster of stars known as the Pleiades begin to rise in the last few days of May, symbolising the coming of the Māori New Year, Matariki. Translating to ‘little eyes’ or ‘eyes of God’, it refers to when Ranginui, the sky father, and Papatūānuku, the earth mother, were separated by their children and the god of weather, Tāwhirimātea, tore his eyes out in anger, hurling them into the heavens. It is traditionally a time to remember those who have passed away, as well as determining the success of the coming harvest crop — the brighter the stars, the more productive the crop.

The mid-winter festivities that celebrate the rich history of the Māori world will take place at a slew of events across central Auckland, namely Silo Park‘s fifth annual festival. There will be Puna Kai (international street food with a Māori twist), live bands and waiata, market stalls and a Matariki Galaxy inside the silos designed by renowned lighting artist Angus Muir. Central to the celebrations, the exhibition will be free for the public to visit all day and night, taking the viewer on an immersive journey through thousands of light sources, mirrors and haze.

Taking place this Friday 30th June through until Sunday 2nd July, along with all the other sporting events of the moment, it seems the waterfront is where you’ll want to be for a captivating weekend of culture, kai and festivities.

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Chapel’s recent makeover has unveiled a rather rude masterpiece

From sausage dog races to ice sculpting competitions and the Australia Day-specific ‘100m budgie smuggler dash’, Chapel has long proven that it doesn’t do anything by halves. So when the team told us that they were undertaking a little facelift a few months ago, we really didn’t know what to expect. Safe to say — it wasn’t this.

Unveiling the results of the makeover on Thursday 22nd June, what we were met with was a truly spectacular roof mural, inspired by Michaelangelo’s Sistine Chapel. A project that took two months and over 250 hours to complete, the creators (Crave agency in collaboration with artist Ross Lewis) may have drawn inspiration from the Apostolic Palace’s chapel, but we’re not sure that old Pope Francis would approve. Between the selfie stick-wielding cherubs, passed out angels, subtle girl-on-girl angel action and general raucousness, it’s as beautiful as it is crass. Classic Chapel material, it really is quite spectacular, well worthy of a visit.

 

Chapel Bar & BIstro

147 Ponsonby Road
Ponsonby

(09) 360 4528

www.chapel.co.nz

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Parnell’s Simon & Lee is doing brunch with a twist

This Parnell cafe is bringing something unique to the neighbourhood.

Considering the culinary credibility behind new Parnell cafe Simon & Lee, we feel that it is safe to say that the place is going to take off. (Oliver) Simon previously worked with Six Barrel Soda and Supreme Coffee, while (David) Lee is the founder and owner of Major Sprout. The menu at the lads’ new spot, however, is something quite different from their past ventures, taking familiar breakfast and lunch dishes then changing them up with intriguing Asian twists.

For breakfast, generous acai bowls are laced with tapioca pearls and topped with house-toasted granola; the eggs Benedict is served on buckwheat crumpets with kimchi, miso béchamel and epically thick house-infused bacon; and the ‘Big Breakfast’ comes adorned with sous vide pork belly, crab croquettes and caramelised anchovy butter to slather across sourdough at whim.

At lunch, the goodness just keeps on coming with bibimbap; agedashi tofu soba bowls; a pork belly miso ramen and the stellar SL Burger that packs a traditional Korean tteok-galbi (short rib) patty between a grilled bun with tempura kimchi, rich Romesco sauce and smoked cheddar cheese.

The cafe is cosy, but utilises its space to the fullest, with a large communal table surrounded by smaller settings and bar seats. With Flight espresso and Supreme filter blends for perk up purposes, this is a cafe that knows what it’s doing. And one that’s sure to gain followers fast.

Opening hours:
7am-4pm, Monday-Friday
8am-4pm, Saturday
Closed Sunday (for now)

Simon & Lee

Corner St Georges Bay Road & Faraday Street
Parnell
Auckland

www.simonandlee.com

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Heaven knows that the practice of flying in and out of Los Angeles’ Tom Bradley International terminal leaves something to be desired. Thankfully, an exclusive new point of entry and arrival, The Private Suite at LAX, has officially opened as the first members-only private terminal in the US.

Serving all commercial airlines, the exclusive gateway has been designed for First and Business Class travellers seeking the ultimate convenience, security and luxury. Offering a dramatically improved airport experience, The Private Suite includes private TSA screening and customs processing, as well as separate areas for awaiting boarding. A Forbes contributor, Jim Dobson, described it as “the finest example of protection and privacy I have ever witnessed”. The best part? Membership is available to anyone.

 

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Yum… mould. Is this seriously the next big food trend?

While we are usually game to give any burgeoning culinary fad a whirl, the new chef’s secret ingredient of choice, Koji, has us on the fence because, well, it’s straight-up mould. A traditional Japanese filamentous fungus (is your mouth watering too?) Koji has a myriad of uses in Asian cuisine — most commonly aiding in the fermentation of soy sauce, miso and alcohol — but is now making strides in all corners of the world courtesy of its incredible seasoning and curing properties.

Exhibiting the coveted ‘umami’ flavour, Koji is beginning to sprout up in all types of cuisine, from deep fried chicken to smoke-cured venison, in fact we would be surprised if it didn’t already feature in dishes across Auckland. A trend that has swiftly begun to take hold of the culinary world, perhaps we should give it a go. Really no different to blue vein cheese or the light white dusting that coats your favourite salami, Japan’s ‘national mould’ might just be, dare we say it… delicious.

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