This classic flooring style will keep your interior forever on trend

With each year comes a wave of new flooring trends, and yet there are none that stand the test of time quite like a classic herringbone parquet timber flooring. At once traditional and contemporary, the sleek, interlocking slats are often found in the homes of those in the design know — especially as of late, thanks to the resurgence of the geometric pattern trend.

Not just visually pleasing but inherently functional too, a room floored in herringbone timber can open up space, making narrow areas — especially hallways — appear wider and more welcoming. And yet, while it is this union of qualities that cements the trend’s longevity, it’s important to stick to a particular aesthetic if you really want the flooring to go the long haul.

Parquet flooring can be crafted from a number of materials — from porcelain to laminate overlay — but nothing remains as timeless as timber, a point perfectly demonstrated by the interior maestros at Artisan. A brand renowned for its products of high quality and style, it should come as no surprise that Artisan can master the traditional flooring technique like nowhere else. With its vast and varied medley of timber options, whether subtle mountain oak or a brighter black wash, it is reminding us that sticking to one material doesn’t have to equate to slim pickings.

Modest yet arresting, contemporary yet classic, herringbone in sleek timber will forever remain a design cut above the rest. Undeniably the trend of choice for anyone who wants to elevate their interior at the moment, you can rest assured that this style will see you through — both this season and the next.

Artisan

31A Normanby Road
Mount Eden

www.artisancollective.co.nz

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With roles in both the upcoming Mulan live-action film and a series for the BBC, Yoson An is one to watch

Having worked professionally as an actor for almost a decade, Yoson An was given an opportunity that many in his profession never do — the role of a lifetime in the form of the romantic lead for Disney’s live-action film Mulan (yet another in a string of Disney remakes, all of which have been released to wide critical acclaim). “When I found out,” An shares, reminiscing on the moment he heard he had been chosen for the role after an eight-month process, “it was a combination of disbelief, relief and excitement.”

After wrapping on set earlier this year and being quickly picked up for a role on a BBC series alongside a cast of renowned industry heavies, it would seem that An is destined for big things. “I’ve been extremely lucky with the roles I’ve played in my career,” An says,” and although luck might have a little to do with it, he isn’t the kind of actor to just rely solely on that. With a number of directorial and writing projects on the go for his production company, MANIFEST and an obvious talent for the work, An is setting himself up to have a long career in a notoriously fickle industry. Lending advice for other aspiring actors, An says, “spend some time alone to get to know yourself, work on your craft and be prepared… but most importantly, fall in love with the process.” Wise words from one to watch.

(See Yoson at 0:57)

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Maha

Highly-acclaimed Melbourne chef, Shane Delia, is bringing a contemporary Mediterranean dining experience to Soul Bar & Bistro

Since opening its doors in 2008, the contemporary Middle Eastern restaurant, Maha Restaurant quickly became one of the most highly acclaimed and reputable restaurants in Melbourne. From after just one year of operations, the chef and owner, Shane Delia was awarded One Chefs Hat in The Age Good Food Guide annually for ten years and the celebrated gastronomist is bringing his crafts to Auckland’s iconic Soul Bar & Bistro for one night only this August.

Chef Delia’s other work comprises of two more notable restaurants — Biggie Smalls and the recently opened Maha East, all showcasing Delia’s modern and cutting-edge culinary skills, as well as hosting his own television shows such as Spice Journey and Recipe For Life. Being able to experience and taste the food created by the celebrity chef and cookbook author is not a regular occurrence and his Soul Bar & Bistro takeover is not to be missed.

Shane Delia

Bringing influences and inspiration from his Maltese upbringing, Delia’s creations comprise of fresh and bold flavours which we have never tasted before. His signature taramasalata filled fried buns are what he’s renowned for as well as his classic hummus which has been elevated with cauliflower and enriched with roast beef fat. The menu for A Taste of Maha at Soul Bar & Bistro is designed as a sharing style of four courses which includes 12 dishes in total. New Zealand sparkling wine on arrival is most definitely included in the agenda, as well as matching wines and San Pellegrino water on pour throughout the evening.

Further details of the dishes on the menu are yet to be revealed, but Soul Bar’s Executive Chef, Gavin Doyle and his team will be supporting Delia in the kitchen and guarantee that it will be a night to remember.

A Taste of Maha, which is part of American Express Restaurant Month, will take place on Wednesday the 21st of August from 6pm, tickets are $199 per person. For more information and bookings call 09 356 7249  or click here.

Soul Bar & Bistro

16-18 Lower Hobson Street and Customs Street West
Viaduct Harbour
Auckland

09 356 7249

www.soulbar.co.nz

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We’ve got your chance to win a luxurious massage for you and your significant other

There is no better way to escape winter’s chill than with a warming, soothing, massage — especially when it’s alongside the person you care about most. It’s all down to maths, really. An indulgent spa treatment equates to serenity, and when a partner is added, the state of serenity doubles. There’s a reason why people say ‘couples that spa together, stay together,’ after all.

The best hands in the business, it’s the meticulously trained, masters of peace at Spring Spa who are especially skilled at easing the pain of the colder months. The spa’s Perfect Pairs massage provides the ultimate way to unwind with another — it’s just you, your partner, and some incredibly comforting, healing hands. For sixty-minutes, the masseuse will subject you to Spring’s signature massage — a classic treatment that pinpoints each and every sore spot, leaving no knot untangled. The result? A rejuvenated body and a sublimely refreshed, relaxed mind.

Spring Spa St Heliers

Here at Denizen, we’re of the firm opinion that everybody deserves to be subjected to Spring Spa experience. That being said, we’re giving away Perfect Pairs massage to be experienced at Spring Spa’s freshly revamped outpost in St Heliers. More tranquil than before, we guarantee that a visit here is enough to counteract that winter’s chill — for you, and your partner, too. For those interested, more information and entry to the competition can be found here.

*This competition has now closed. Congratulations Francesca Silvester*

Spring Spa

8A Turua St
St Heliers

www.springspa.com

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These brazen bathtubs are the ultimate way to add a dose of style panache to your bathroom

The question of where art ends and design begins is one that is often posed in the interior landscape. That a thing can be one or the other is obvious enough, but in order for it to embody the two in as seamless a way as to blur the distinguishing line altogether, it must meet a very particular set of criteria. These intriguing baths fit the bill perfectly.

Immersion bath by Neri & Hu, DR bath by Studio MK27

With their undulating and jutting structures, tonal and textural variations, these tubs meld art and design effortlessly and are re-staking their claim on the bathroom. From the Immersion bath with Scandinavian-inspired wooden accents by Neri & Hu, to the transparent sheen of Antonilupi’s Reflex bath (fashioned from the designer’s patented Cristalmood material), or Agape’s DR Bath, with its wavy, freestanding structure, these tubs are elevating bathtime from an occasional treat to a necessary daily ritual.

Reflex bath, by Antoniolupi

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Ostro’s Dinner & A Show series is returning, this time with a hilarious twist

For the last couple of years, Ostro has hosted various Dinner & A Show series’ which have strived to provide Auckland diners with the ultimate Sunday night out. Enjoying the restaurant’s lauded food while soaking in some entertainment, the idea puts a unique and engaging spin on the typical date night, and as such, has found popularity among Aucklanders seeking a change from the norm.

Justine Smith and Michele A’Court

Now, Ostro is set to host a new Dinner & A Show series, and we couldn’t be more excited. From Sunday 28th July, and for one Sunday every month until October, Ostro’s Funny Bones series will see a number of New Zealand’s best comedians take to the mic, while onlookers are treated to a delectable winter roast menu created by Executive Chef Josh Emett and Head Chef Josh Shields. A glass of Te Kairanga wine will be offered to diners on arrival, as well as being available as the perfect accompaniment to the food throughout the night.

Ben Hurley and Jeremy Elwood

Michele A’Court and Nick Rado are set to kick off Funny Bones on Sunday 28th July, while comedians like Jeremy Elwood and Tony Lyall (25th August), Justine Smith and David Correos (29th September) and Ben Hurley and Donna Brookbanks (20th October) will each also have a turn on the mic.

With all the components for the perfect night out, Ostro’s Funny Bones is an event you don’t want to miss. Click here for tickets and for more information.

Ostro

Level 2
Seafarers Building
52 Tyler Street
Auckland

(09) 302 9888

www.seafarers.co.nz/ostro

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Whether your taste is minimal or decorative — here’s how to choose the best dinnerware for your space

Dinnerware is a detail you might not have considered in depth before. Perhaps you’ve always opted for the classic white-on-white combination, and there’s nothing wrong with that. But may we suggest a change of tact. Choosing dinnerware that fits seamlessly into the overarching aesthetic of your home will make it feel, well, finished, plus it’s the easiest way of leaving a lasting impression on dinner guests. Whether your home is minimal, traditional or sumptuous, The Studio of Tableware has a vast and varied selection of sets to suit any taste.

The Contemporist
Your home is sleek, minimal and perfectly-styled. Neutral tones are paired with touches of timber and perhaps some exposed concrete or travertine. Everything is very new, very current, very now — and yet feels inherently timeless. You probably have some provocative art in your hallway. You probably also have a velvet or rattan armchair somewhere (or both). A home like this demands dinnerware that is tonal, uniquely-shaped and distinctly modern. It needs to reinforce to dinner guests that you know about interior trends and you’re not afraid to take a few risks to prove it. For your formal set, we would suggest the Bernardaud Bulle dinner set and for your informal, Junto by Rosenthal.

The Traditionalist
The spaces in your home are warm, welcoming and altogether lovely to be in. Guests never feel like they have to walk on eggshells because your living room is filled with comforting touches. Cashmere throws abound. Heavy drapes frame each room. There is always a slight smell of roast chicken wafting from the kitchen and pictures drawn by five-year-olds overlapping on the fridge. This home needs dinnerware that doesn’t venture too far off the beaten track or try to be the centre of attention. All it needs to do is offer a beautifully subtle backdrop for hearty meals and family dinners. For your formal set, we suggest Marches for Lenox Empire pearl indigo dinner set and for your informal, the Bernadaud Naxox dinner set.

The Maximalist
Your home matches your zany personality and presents as an eclectic combination of colour, texture and pattern. It embodies the idea of ‘niche,’ and revels in the unexpected, where nostalgic wallpaper changes from room to room, and shelves lined with tchotchkes (each with its own story) line the living spaces. This kind of house has no time for subtlety. It sees minimalism as a cop-out and asks why shouldn’t we use more colour here or an extra dash of texture there. So when it comes to dinnerware, you guessed it, more is more. Opt for something rendered in a unique colour or sporting an interesting pattern — the bolder the better, we say. For your formal set, we suggest Versace 25 Years Barocco and for your informal one, go for the Kate Spade Parker dinner set.

Left to right: Versace 25 Years Barocco dinner set, Christofle Garden of Eden cutlery, Kate Spade Parker dinner set, Christofle Mood 24 Piece cutlery set all from The Studio of Tableware

The Studio of Tableware

5 Harold St
Mount Eden
Auckland

(09) 638 8082

www.thestudio.co.nz

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Peek inside the opening night of Gui Taccetti’s unprecedented Inferno exhibition

Last night, Auckland’s iconic building Hopetoun Alpha was lit ablaze. And yet, despite the roaring flames that engulfed the structure, there was no panic in the air. Instead, a sense of awe. The head-turning flames were merely projections, used to illuminate the edifice to commemorate the opening night of Inferno, a week-long exhibition developed by photographer Gui Taccetti, in collaboration with Mike Mizrahi of Inside Out Productions.

Known for his emotive photographic series that investigate themes of sexuality, diversity and religion, it was undeniably fitting that the location for his opening evening would be Hopetoun Alpha, a deconsecrated church. The rows of pews and towering ceilings, once combined with the dim lighting and moody music, set a kind of palpable energy that didn’t just suit the thematic and aesthetic content of his unique works, but brought them to life in an incredibly profound way, too. Each image, a product of elaborate set design and impeccable photographic talent, was irradiated to a bright and vivid level, ensuring that anyone who looked upon it could see every aspect of the piece in minute detail. Elsewhere in the building, a small room played host to a behind-the-scenes screening. Displaying the time and effort that goes into each piece, the film was a testament to the artist’s unbridled passion and determination to create.

Gui Taccetti

When guests weren’t getting lost in his works or learning about his process, they were celebrating the man himself, with a champagne toast. Champagne, canapes, lively atmosphere and thought-provoking art, Inferno was a night that made an impression on everyone: art buff or otherwise. And it’s just a small taste of what we can expect over the next few days, with the exhibition set to expand into a week-long experience packed to the hilt with private viewings, inspiring talks, gripping performances and a few more lavish parties. For a full look at the exhilarating lineup, click here.

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The Autumn Spritz (on the left) & The Pan Am (on the right)
Clipper

Meet Ponsonby Road’s cool new neighbourhood bar, picking up where Mea Culpa left off

Taking over the space that was previously Mea Culpa, a team of mixologists and bartenders looking to redefine classic cocktails as we know them, have established a unique bar, destined to be the next neighbourhood hotspot. Clipper, as its unmissable neon signage announces, is the brainchild of a team that comprises two award-winning bartenders, Barney Toy and James Millar, Bacardí’s Global Advocacy Director, Jacob Briars and the hospitality expert, Richard Wood. Together, they have created a cute, kitschy locale with an eye-catching interior, and an impressive drinks menu.

From its pale pink interior to its compact capacity (able to accommodate up to 22 people), Clipper’s ambience is warm, cosy and inviting which is exactly what you’d hope for from a local bar. Its concept was inspired by the golden era of travel, when flying abroad was a luxurious form of leisure, and it’s an idea that’s most clear on its drinks menu. Sectioned into three categories — long-haul, short-haul and layover, the list varies from the lighter elixirs, designed to ensure longevity for an extended journey, to the stronger hits for the moments you might be in need of something quick and powerful and also includes a number of familiar classics — all with a unique twist. 

The Pan Am Cocktail, a revered creation of bartender Barney Toy, was awarded second place at the Bacardí Legacy Global Cocktail Competition, and is one of the most delicious drinks on Clipper’s menu. Seeking to evoke the luxurious lifestyles of those who would be seated in first-class on Pan-American Airlines in the 1920s and 1930s, Toy has combined all the elements that embody the elegance of that era. The cocktail comprises Bacardí Carta Blanca, Aperol, Orgeat almond syrup, lemon juice, egg white and Angostura Bitters, giving it a distinct flavour that moves from sweet to bitter and back again. 

Flat white martini (on the left) & Old fashioned pina colada (on the right)

Those looking for something lighter to keep them going the entire night, the Autumn Spritz from the Long-Haul menu can do no wrong. The simple mixture of Hennessey VS Cognac, apple vermouth and soda makes for a refreshing drink that could brighten any day. Finished with a garnishing of grapefruit, the semi-sweet and sour cocktail is one of those beverages that you could sip on forever.

The pina colada old fashioned marks a different approach to the typically tropical cocktail we all know and love. Removing the rich and heavy coconut cream from the original formula, the drink showcases the pineapple and coconut flavours through a housemade cordial which is enriched with Bacardí Reserva Ocho, Carta Blanca Rum and Tiki Bitters. And while that was undeniably delicious, it was the flat white martini that stole the show for us. Staying true to Kiwi coffee culture and its obsession with the flat white, Toy and Millar discovered a way to split the milk and coffee so all that was left was the whey, which is turned in to a creamy syrup and mixed with Belvedere Vodka, coffee liquor and espresso.

In terms of food, Clipper’s menu goes beyond the regular pub grub of beige finger food. Ratatouille, sticky smoked pork hock, chicken and leek terrine are just a few of many dishes on offer. The sophisticated menu also has some classic guilty pleasures, including a mac and two-cheese dish which is served with crispy shallots, parmigiano reggiano, truffle oil and crostini. Clipper also has a Mile High Session Lager on tap and a small selection of quality beers, wine, prosecco and champagne in its fridge, ensuring that anyone from the neighbourhood can find something to their taste, and walk out of Clipper feeling content and satisfied. 

Opening hours:
Tuesday — Thursday, 5pm until late
Friday — Sunday, 2pm until late
Monday, closed

Clipper

3/175 Ponsonby Road
Ponsonby
Auckland

https://www.instagram.com/clippernz/

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Kelly Hoppen in her London home

Renowned for both her interior work and eponymous furniture line, Kelly Hoppen is a designer to know

There’s a slick neutrality that’s central to Kelly Hoppen’s aesthetic. Whether the multi-hyphenate creative is adorning the interiors of her clients’ homes (a list that includes the likes of the Beckhams) or designing pieces for her celebrated furniture collection, Hoppen’s aesthetic is dictated by a combination of East-meets-West detailing, accents of taupe and a penchant for artfully curated objects that lend neutral spaces an appealing warmth.

Band dining table, Vinci occasional chair and Vinci bench all by Kelly Hoppen from Frobisher Auckland 

In a nod to Hoppen’s impressive portfolio that spans multiple countries and disciplines, the designer was awarded an MBE for Services to Design that, while highly-deserved, didn’t stop her from continuing to extend her body of work — recently applying her skills to the interiors of a luxury cruise ship. Aside from her conceptual interior work, Hoppen’s eponymous furniture line is another reason for the designer’s impressive reputation. The pieces play into Hoppen’s signature look with their geometric, sculptural detailing, reflective touches and understated opulence, as well as the fact that they all fall into the same kind of modern monochromatic palette. They are pieces that manage to be universally appealing while still standing as statements in a space and exude Hoppen’s own refined style.

Morrison ottoman, Art dining chair and Shield dining tableall by Kelly Hoppen from Frobisher Auckland 

Luckily for us, the designer’s elegant furnishings have never been more accessible, with exclusive stockists Frobisher recently opening an Auckland showroom in Parnell, and delighting the local design cohort by carrying a range of Hoppen’s distinguished pieces. 

Frobisher Auckland

7-9 Earle Street
Parnell
Auckland

(09) 281 3191

www.frobisherauckland.co.nz

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