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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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.
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.
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.
Words Albert Cho | PHOTOS Clara-Jane Follas | 17 Jul 2019
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
A prolific waterfront rooftop destination is being taken over by the luxurious Veuve Clicquot for an entire month from the 19th July. SEVEN is set to be transformed into The Clicquot Chalet — Auckland’s edition of Queenstown’s iconic Clicquot in the Snow — and will give Aucklanders the perfect spot to cosy up in over the cold season.
The chalet will be festooned in Veuve Clicquot’s iconic yellow shade that will shine through the grey winter days and offer an exciting escape from what is typically the gloomiest month. Chalet-goers can treat themselves to glittering flutes of Veuve Clicquot Champagne along with divine food pairings that will be on hand to elevate the experience.
Those who have dined at SEVEN will be aware of how capable this eatery is at tantalising the tastebuds, but let us explain for the people who are yet to sample the delicious offering. The dishes featured at the chalet will be a line-up of SEVEN’s most popular items, including the popcorn shrimp, served with creamy yet slightly spicy sriracha mayo and finished with fragrant fried basil and chives, the beef tataki with black truffle dressing, the Big Glory Bay salmon taco and the infamous chicken katsu bao.
Taking things up a notch, Veuve Clicquot and SEVEN have also conceived the ultimate winter treat — a Valrhona chocolate fondue served with pillowy marshmallows which, alongside the blankets and throws that will be available to bundle up in, will really set the mood for the ideal wintry retreat. Crisp drinks, delicious food and rousing tunes spun by SEVEN’s resident DJ, Soraya LaPread, The Clicquot Chalet is set to transport us mountain-side and will be open from Tuesday to Saturday until 19th August.
If the chalet has you impressed, you’re bound to enjoy the main Clicquot in the Snow festival in Queenstown — missing out would be a missed opportunity. This is the ninth time the hotly-anticipated festival has been put on, and it’s not too late to buy tickets for this year’s iteration. Click here to find more information.
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We’re firmly into July now, and winter is finally making itself known. Blustery showers and high winds have arrived, which means its time to finally bring out that trusty old umbrella that’s been sitting, unused, at the back of your wardrobe. But be warned, there is a protocol associated with these accessories that should be adhered to at all times. Don’t fret if you’ve forgotten — those that need a refresher course on the dos and don’ts of umbrella-wielding can consult our handy guide below.
1.When a shorter person is approaching, always, always be sure to raise your umbrella and allow them to pass through — making your tallness known by poking somebody in the eye during the morning commute isn’t a great way to start the day.
2. We shouldn’t really have to tell you this, but be considerate when you open your umbrella. Carry out a 360-degree surveillance and be mindful of anyone who may be standing close to you.
3. Don’t open your umbrella indoors. It’s not bad luck, it’s just rude.
4. When you’re carting around a dry umbrella, never tuck it under your arm like an old gentleman nursing a folded newspaper. Unless you’re hoping to impale some pesky slow walkers or those who impatiently walk hot on your heels. In which case, go right ahead.
5. Try to carry an umbrella that’s actually appropriate for your size — small humans do not bode well with golf umbrellas.
6. When leaving the house, don’t surreptitiously swap your old umbrella with one broken rib in favour of your flatmates’ new Blunt. Umbrella shame is far more manageable than a broken friendship.
7. Don’t ever parade your umbrella around while bursting into a spontaneous recital of ‘Singing In The Rain.’ Just don’t.
8. Close your umbrella if you are walking under a public covering, even if you will be underneath for just a few moments.
9. If you’re battling the rain alongside somebody else, even if its a friend-of-a-friend that you’re not overly keen on, swallow your pride and share your rain shield. There’s a special place in hell for those that don’t.
10. When entering a building or any form of public transport, close your dripping umbrella and dispose of it discreetly. If it’s a building, station it in the stand or the designated umbrella home, usually found by the door. Do not leave it on any form of furniture.
When hitting the slopes we suggest you steer clear of the below.
This ski season, make the most of your alpine adventure with an unwavering indifference to others. Today’s mountain etiquette can be simply employed through blatant disregard. Once fresh powder has finally arrived, prepare to collide (most likely head or rear first) with a varied calibre of mountain-goers. Here are a few breeds to take note of…
Low-intermediate or advanced beginner skiers who are completely oblivious to their surroundings. Utilising the entire width of the slope, they attack it with complete randomness. Usually females aged 30-60, examples can occasionally be found in other demographic categories. A typical path they might take down (across) the slope would involve a right turn, right turn, right turn, left turn, right turn, sudden stop, look at you as if they see you, and then turn directly into your path.
Generally of an advanced ski level this category has been owning the piste since they donned nappies. Nostalgians will share erroneous mountain history, their family history and even medical history to anyone who should be so unlucky as to share a chair lift with them. After an initial encounter there is no avoiding future conversions, Nostalgians can sniff out a familiar ear to chew off with the tenacity of a truffle pig.
Spontaneously Combustible Family Units
Usually led by an overly confident adult family member, these groups can range in size from four up to twelve and encompass a variety of ages and skill levels. Give them a very wide berth as they are known to be explosive at freezing point.
Usually very tall, lanky teenage males with oversized pants and sweatshirts who always wear mirrored goggles and their helmets tipped back, never use poles, and float around emotionless. Sometimes they will hit a rail but only with the least amount of effort possible. They never look at anyone or speak – even with their friends, and are prone to wandering into your path at a slow and infuriating pace.
Skiers who stand in the lift line with their poles planted in the ground shuffling their skis back and forth recklessly. Shufflers have the apparent aim of damaging your ‘hardgoods’ (equipment), but in reality have the bothersome affliction of being unable to keep still.
Those who choose to wait for their companions between the scanner and the chair, partly pulling to the side but not entirely out of the way. Placeholders cause confusion and waste time and when possible should be scowled at.
All of them. A varied group who have a tendency toward clothing two sizes too big and are attached to a single board. Snowboarders will constantly annoy you and get in your way. Not to be confused with mono-skiers, as below. This group has no grounds for their blanket disdain of all skiers and as such should be punished. Do so by gliding past them with a glance and a wry smile as they: a) struggle to reattach themselves to their board after a chairlift, b) struggle to keep speed as they traverse a flat and narrow cat track, c) struggle to make their way through a collection a moguls and d) struggle to recover aftercatching an edge caught on a friend’s Go-Pro.
Skiers attached to one ski. Tell them to find a lake, or get another ski.
A group of arrogant show-offs who prefer free heel skiing, a form of downhill skiing using bindings where the boot is attached only at the toe. This group is most often donning the latest in Euro-steeze ski gear which this season includes colour blocking turquoise, orange, purple and lime green (seriously).
Guys who are taking their GoPro-ing far too seriously. They will do whatever it takes to get the perfect shot regardless of their own safety, your safety, or your line down the mountain. They are most often seen awkwardly holding their GoPro on the end of a short ski pole, following it down the mountain like a snake following its charmer. True go-bros will also have a go-pro permanently attached to their head, even while taking a break for lunch. Some may even have a third at the back of their head. No one will ever care to watch any of their videos.
Words Margie Riddiford | PHOTOS Stephen Tilley | 15 Jul 2019
Having landed in stores last week, Superette’s new pre-spring ’19 collection is shaking us out of our dreary, winter moods. Inspired by the kind of eccentric elegance often found in cities like Los Angeles and Palm Springs, the collection (aptly named Canyon Drive) exemplifies the Superette code — where animal-print motifs meet pops of neon, metallic touches and playful, textural contrasts.
From eye-catching knitwear to studded leather jackets and of course, a number of pieces emblazoned with the recognisable word, ‘Super,’ Canyon Drive is the laid-back but undeniably cool collection our monochromatic winter wardrobes have been crying out for.