59 France is the enticing Eden Terrace development you need to know about

An impeccably designed solution to suit the needs of forward-thinking denizens

With the increasing breadth of luxury apartment offerings in Auckland comes a development for every persuasion. 59 France — conceived by acclaimed local practice, Urban Collective — transcends categorisation, presenting itself as an impeccably designed solution to suit the housing needs of forward-thinking denizens.

Assuming the place of the historic Kings Arms Tavern on France Street in Eden Terrace, the elevated site, with sweeping views north towards the city and west over the Waitakere Ranges, will give rise to a striking 99-apartment-strong edifice. Neither too suburban nor confrontingly inner-city, 59 France is picked to be one of Auckland’s most alluring and pragmatic residential buildings to date.

With more than 20 years experience and dozens of projects under its belt, Urban Collective’s reputation is one known to bring to life considered apartments with local residents in mind. Its boutique offerings are united in their consistently commanding aesthetic appeal. Past projects such as Grey Lynn’s The Dylan and Fanshawe Street’s Kauri Timber Building have won an array of awards in recent years.

The building pays homage to the warehouses and ateliers that have long dominated this part of the city. Widely recognised as one of the most connected boroughs in Auckland, the extensive brickwork at its base is a nod to the area’s industrial origins while higher up, black steel framing is counterbalanced with an unobtrusively contemporary design that subtly integrates the construction with the surrounding skyline.

Within the compelling structure is a mix of one-, two- and three-bedroom apartments that are cleverly placed towards the outer walls of the L-shaped building to maximise natural light. Thanks to Urban Collective’s savvy use of material and know-how, each residence is priced competitively with one-bedroom options ranging from $515,000 to $750,000, two-bedrooms from $755,000 to $1,500,000, and the generously sized three-bedroom iterations beginning at $1,045,000.

What’s more, the developers have minimised Body Corporate expenses through the shrewd use of hardy yet ultra-stylish materials and an absence of amenities that are inevitably underused. All apartments are built with the same generous 2.8-metre stud height and range from 50m2 to 183m2 in size. Finished with the timeless application of exposed concrete and high-quality fixtures and fittings, 59 France’s residents will no doubt be united by an appreciation for fine design. Then, there’s its ultra-convenient proximity to the city; located a mere one and a half kilometres from Ponsonby Central and the same distance from the Auckland Domain.

With retail and hospitality tenancies set to house a restaurant and a delicatessen on the ground level, as well as offices, there will be plenty of spaces in which to mingle and congregate, including the extensive north-facing garden by leading urban landscape architects, LandLAB.

Due for completion at the end of 2019, 59 France is set to provide savvy Aucklanders with the chance to enjoy an incredibly stylish and connected lifestyle.
Visit the website to find out more. 

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Six of the best playgrounds Auckland city has to offer

If the same old jungle gyms are getting stale, then perhaps it’s time to shake up your recreational routine. With a no shortage of truly epic playgrounds scattered around the city, why not give a new one a go?

Waterview Reserve
Herdman Street, Waterview
Cool Factor: With separate playgrounds for big and little kids as well as a water-play area, this new hub was designed with the help of a strict panel of advisors — local primary school students.

Snakes And Ladders Park
42 Bramley Drive, Farm Cove
Cool factor: A life-sized board game where the kids become the playing pieces.

Snakes and Ladders Park

Tui Glen Reserve
2 Claude Brookes Drive, Henderson
Cool factor: Giant wooden teepees, dual flying foxes, a tree hut and serious slides. Better for big kids.

Grey Lynn Park
48 Dryden Street, Grey Lynn
Cool factor: The banging new pump track. A winding bike course littered with jumps, bumps, twists and turns.

Takapuna Beach Reserve Playground
14 The Strand, Takapuna
Cool factor: The most inclusive park in town, it caters to all ages and abilities with plenty of wheelchair-appropriate playthings — including a trampoline.

Takapuna Beach Playground

Cox’s Bay Reserve
66 West End Road

Cool factor: After a recent refresh, this park offers it all, including the occasional food truck conveniently parked in the car park opposite.

Image credit: Grey Lynn Park Pump Track image by Keith and Sandy

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Throw some shade this summer with the perfect sunglasses to suit your face shape

A summer tan may look good on everyone, but when it comes to choosing sunglasses to see you through the warmer season, the rules are not so democratic. Unfortunately, unless you have a heart-shaped face, those aviators you’ve been eyeing up might not be as good ‘IRL’ as they look on the shelf. Similarly, those with round faces should run for the hills when confronted with any Gaga-esque, circular-framed numbers. In an attempt to help you see the light (so to speak) we have rounded up our favourite shades for guys and girls to suit each face shape, so you can avoid a sunglass disaster.

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Use your sunglasses to accentuate your face rather than alter it. Cat eye and aviator styles are wider at the top and will complement your natural features.

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Ray-Ban Blaze gold striped sunglasses from Superette

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Thom Browne gold aviators from Parker & Co.

Those lucky enough to sport an oval face can get away with most things when it comes to sunglasses. Dare to experiment with a variety of styles and shapes — it’ll pay off.

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Prada Hide sunglasses from Net-A-Porter

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Dita System-One sunglasses from Parker & Co.

If your face is round, look for angular and square styles to add definition and shape. Strategically chosen glasses can even give the impression of accented cheekbones.

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Saint Laurent sunglasses from Matches

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Calvin Klein Eye sunglasses from Superette

Utilise curvature in your eyewear to effectively soften a square shaped face. Angular jawlines and cheekbones are able to take on more rounded proportions.

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Chloé Poppy sunglasses from Parker & Co.

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Hemmingway Vintage clear sunglasses from Karen Walker

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Step inside the South Island’s most eagerly awaited new hotel, QT Queenstown

Impactful in all the right ways, it will be hard to beat this South Island stay

QT Hotels & Resorts are bringing their exciting and dependable brand of luxury accommodation to yet another alluring New Zealand destination — Queenstown. Sitting pretty on the southwestern side of the South Island township (located a two-minute walk from the CBD on Brunswick Street), the shiny new address marries the expected quirks with the thrill of the adventure capital’s beckoning outdoor playground.

The design of the hotel has been led by a trio of creatives for whom such a project is not their first rodeo: interior designer Nic Graham, graphic artist Fabio Ongarato and interior stylist Anna Roberts. Almost everything reflects back to the hotel’s impressive environs but never in a manner too-serious; the carpet features a pattern of digitised snowflakes, look harder at the wrapping around the lobby’s walls, into the elevators, and you’ll find it to be a melange of human hips and breasts with superimposed skiers zooming down the corporeal slopes.

Overall, the interior is eclectic and contemporary — bespoke furniture and strong graphics run throughout — but never does this overshadow a front-row view of The Remarkables nor the ever-placid Lake Wakatipu wherever possible. In each of the 69 uniquely designed rooms, guests will find local delights such as treats from the famed Remarkable Sweet Shop and socks knitted from merino wool sourced nearby. This ethos of drawing from one’s surroundings recurs time and time again throughout the hotel, adding to its charm.

A drawcard for guests and outsiders alike will be the hotel’s notable hospitality offerings and après-ski lifestyle. Bazaar Interactive Marketplace — an appropriate title, we think — is poised to become a culinary epicentre, where chefs will prepare elevated fare in an entertaining, open-plan way. Meanwhile, Reds Bar will serve to-die-for cocktails in a bustling atmosphere that will keep you from retiring to your heavenly gel-mattress bed too early.

There can be no denying that this new QT is staying true to the brand’s reputation for establishing a home-away-from-home that is at once revelrous and restful. To book a room, click here

QT Queenstown

30 Brunswick Street
Queenstown

(03) 450 3450

www.qthotelsandresorts.com

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The Viaduct welcomes a new rooftop cocktail bar to its formidable line-up

There's no doubt that these are some of the most considered cocktails in town.

Though we are lavishly spoilt for choice when it comes to drinking and dining options in Auckland — especially on the waterfront — one thing that never fails to capture the attention of the masses is the launch of a new rooftop bar. And, when said rooftop bar is the brainchild of the talented folk behind Ponsonby’s beloved Mea Culpa, you know the excitement is warranted. The Parasol and Swing Company is the new downtown opening to have snagged one of the most coveted spots overlooking the action of the Viaduct Harbour. The two-level charmer boasts a casual eatery on the ground floor and sun-drenched rooftop bar above.

In the restaurant, O’Connell St Bistro’s Mark Southon has lent his expertise to create an easygoing menu of waffles and burgers. Described as a place where ‘the USA meets Asian-fusion’, they are the dishes you know and love (hamburgers, fried chicken waffles) with unexpected Oriental tweaks. The kind of cuisine that deserves to be enjoyed with a frosty beer and a responsibility-free afternoon, it can be devoured in the restaurant or alongside a few beverages on the upper floor.

Dedicated to honouring the history and craft of bartending (in the most palatable way possible), the boutique wine, craft beer and Champagne selection at this newly minted waterfront locale is up there with the city’s best, but the cocktails are what truly shine. Available on-tap, by the bottle or hand-muddled by the virtuosos behind the bar using modern techniques and bespoke, house-made ingredients, the flavours are entirely inventive and wholly impressive. A magnificent place to enjoy a few sundowners in style, The Parasol and Swing Company is set to become one of the summer’s most popular hangouts.

The Parasol and Swing Company will open on Thursday 30th November.

Opening hours:
Monday to Thursday, midday till late
Friday to Sunday, 11am till late 

The Parasol and Swing Company

7/204 Quay Street
Viaduct Harbour
Auckland CBD

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Harris Tapper is the new label dedicated to creating shirts for the modern woman

Harris Tapper is focussing on a singular pillar of style — the shirt.

The shirt is a time-honoured, sartorial staple that elegantly traverses the line between feminine and masculine. Undoubtedly a piece deserving precedence in one’s wardrobe, it feels appropriate that new label, Harris Tapper, is bringing it firmly into focus.

Marrying the instant gratification of fast fashion with sustainable production Harris Tapper, started by fashion industry veterans Sarah Harris and Lauren Tapper, is creating a unique niche for itself. With designs that focus exclusively on women’s shirting, the brand aims to deliver fresh styles every month, discarding the traditional rules of fashion that dictate seasonal collections. It is an intriguing deviation from convention, that reveals an innate understanding of the market as well as a smart capitalisation on the rising popularity of fast-paced, runway-to-retail operation. 

Launching today with a 12-piece collection that offers timeless, classic shapes, alongside bold, experimental pieces, Harris Tapper is made entirely in New Zealand and will inevitably come to take pride of place in any curated closet.  

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This 80s-inspired Kingsland eatery is spotlighting Asian fried chicken & beer

“Put simply, Chicka is an Asian fried chicken and beer idea based on the Korean concept of ‘Chimaek'” explain the proprietors of a new Kingsland eatery of the same name. They are the first people to bring the concept to Auckland and we can be thankful for it. The 80s-inspired interior that graces the New North Road shop features pop art and music from the era when fried chicken first became big on the food scene.

Taking the main stage is a slew of the adored food touted in a number of flavours.  The Chicka Zappa is crispy chook covered in larb of fried chilli, lime, ground rice and Thai herbs sauce while the Chicka Wow WoW comprises crunchy, juicy chicken, drizzled in secret Thai curry sauce with coconut, chilli and Thai herbs. The variations go on. If you want to depart from the main category, you can try other dishes like the Corn Cheesy with corn, edamame bean, red onion, carrots and lots of cheese served on a sizzling hot plate, or the spicy deconstructed Kimchi Fried Rice with BBQ pork, and seaweed.

The Kingsland hotspot has already been garnering attention, frequented by those wanting a hit of flavoursome goodness and a cold beer in the sun. We’re pleased to say that Chicka is available on UberEATS. That said, tipping up in person is worth the wait. Find out more via Chicka’s Facebook page here.

Chicka

509 New North Road
Kingsland
Auckland

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9 things you didn’t know you needed this entertaining season

Between friends, family, neighbours and all the other acquaintances, there seems to be an endless stream of festive celebrations going on in our homes this time of year. Determined to be the best hosts we possibly can be, sometimes it’s the little things that can make a big difference — the finer details. Whether that be an elegant serving tray, striking vase or the all-important Champagne bucket, we’ve uncovered nine key pieces to add that little ‘something extra’ to your gatherings this year.

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Buccaneer tray

Buccaneer tray

Buccaneer tray

Buccaneer tray

Available from Trenzseater

Maggia Champagne cooler

Maggia Champagne cooler

Maggia Champagne cooler

Maggia Champagne cooler

Available from Trenzseater

Derby lantern

Derby lantern

Derby lantern

Derby lantern

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Haiti pitcher

Haiti pitcher

Haiti pitcher

Haiti pitcher

Available from Trenzseater

Maggia double wine cooler

Maggia double wine cooler

Maggia double wine cooler

Maggia double wine cooler

Available from Trenzseater

Bone handle bottle opener

Bone handle bottle opener

Bone handle bottle opener

Bone handle bottle opener

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Athena vase

Athena vase

Athena vase

Athena vase

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Bordeaux wine cooler

Bordeaux wine cooler

Bordeaux wine cooler

Bordeaux wine cooler

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Decanter set with ice server

Decanter set with ice server

Decanter set with ice server

Decanter set with ice server

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Auckland’s Night Noodle Market has returned and you cannot afford to miss it

The Night Noodle Market is back, bigger and better than ever.

Take a moment to envisage a line-up of markets stalls, crowds huddled around steaming hot pots of noodles, and grills sizzling away as the rising steam fills the air with the scent of delicious street food. Such was the case at Victoria Park this time last year during the Auckland Night Noodle Market. The ever-popular event is back, and this year it’s staying in town for a little bit longer.

Over 130,000 people wandered through the markets last year, sampling the likes of miso ramen, yakisoba, omu-soba, pad thai and pork fried noodles. Taking place at Victoria Park once again, 23 unique stalls will be taking part this year. With several artisans already locked in, Australia-based Hoy Pinoy will be serving delicious Filipino BBQ and street food, House of Dumplings is back peddling its hugely popular parcels, and Gelato Messina from Sydney will make its Auckland debut. It’s safe to say, all the bases have been covered.

Having named only a few of the purveyors who will partake in the upcoming affair, anyone who has had the pleasure of attending a Night Noodle Market, either here or across the ditch, will know the full extent of what is about to unfold. This year, it’s worth noting that the event is entirely catered to EFTPOS, and one of the event partners is Globelet — a reusable packaging company dedicated to minimising waste to landfill. With entertainment including traditional lion dancers as well as taiko drummers and dancers, there will be plenty of action for the whole family to enjoy. 

The Auckland Night Noodle Market will take place from Friday 1st December until Sunday 10th December. Open 5pm – 10pm weekdays and 11.30am – 10pm weekends.

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Attract some attention with these jaw-dropping cocktail rings

Unabashedly attracting attention with intricate detailing and a liberal use of precious stones, the cocktail ring is the essential accessory for the discerning party-goer.

From left to right:
The Ice Queen Ring available from Sutcliffe
Pasquale Bruni Bon Ton Ring available from Hartfield
Neptune Ring available from Sutcliffe
Gracefully Blushing Ring available from Partridge
Paloma’s Sugar Stacks Ring available from Tiffany & Co.

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