This chicken schnitzel recipe is here to satisfy your comfort food cravings

A good schnitzel is hard to beat  — there’s something about the simplicty of golden, crispy crumbed chicken breast that’s both comforting and inherently nostalgic. This recipe from Miss Polly’s Kitchen includes a deliciously crunchy fennel, apple and spinach salad, perfect for adding a virtuous touch of greenery to your plate.

Chicken schnitzel recipe
Serves 2

Ingredients:
2x 200g chicken breasts
1/3 cup flour, seasoned
1 egg, beaten
1 ½ cups panko crumbs
1 cup grated Parmesan
2 tsp fresh thyme

Salad
50g bag of spinach, thinly sliced
1 green apple, thinly sliced and then chopped into matchsticks
1/2 large fennel bulb, thinly sliced with a mandolin
1/2 cup parsley, chopped
Juice of 1 big lemon
Good splash of extra virgin olive oil
1 heaped tbsp Best Foods mayonnaise or Greek yoghurt
Capers (optional)
Salt and pepper

Method:
1. Carefully butterfly the chicken breast. Place between two sheets of glad wrap and flatten with a rolling pin or a heavy pan.
2. Put the seasoned flour on a shallow plate, the egg in another and then the panko, Parmesan and thyme in another.
3. Dip the flattened chicken breast into the flour, egg and then press down into the panko mix.
4. Chop all the salad ingredients and mix well with the lemon juice, extra virgin olive oil and mayo or yoghurt and capers if you wish. Season.
5. In a medium-hot pan shallow fry the schnitzel with some oil and butter, roughly two and a half to three minutes per side.
6. Serve while hot with the salad and a wedge of lemon.

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Yuka O’Shannessy has a finely-tuned eye for beautiful and well-crafted objects. She is the owner of Public Record, a store and gallery space housed in the Ponsonby Road space previously occupied by An Astute Assembly, a shop also owned by O’Shannessy. Dedicated to local and international artists and makers, Public Record has a special focus on New Zealand and Japanese artisans, celebrating work that is intelligent and finished with a high standard of craft. Born and raised in Tokyo, O’Shannessy moved to New Zealand in her early twenties and studied fashion at AUT — she still has her own fashion label Yuka&Tristan. Here, the tastemaker shares some of her interests and inspirations, from items on her wishlist to her favourite artists.

My personal style can be defined by: I wear a lot of what I make, but love mixing it with vintage as well. They are pretty classic lines — shirts, pants and suiting jackets which have a serene silhouette but are also minimal with a beautiful outline. I try to wear my favourite style many times in sequence so that I can define which lines work better. This is the exercise that I use for creating the garments, defining and altering existing patterns, evolving them each time. Hence, you can really know what style you like and what suits you! I also love wearing artful one-off pieces or playful styles like Otsu from Wellington, a label I carry at Public Record. 

The last thing I bought and loved was: Camille Paloma Walton’s gold plated earrings and a beautiful well-fitted 70s leather jacket that I bought from my lovely neighbours Search and Destroy. I love their store, it’s like a treasure hunt from top to bottom. 

An unforgettable place I visited was: Portugal when I was nineteen. I went there to represent Japan when I was an athlete and I broke a national record for the half marathon — that’s a true story… Lol.

Next place I’d like to go to: Spain and NYC — planning to go next year (fingers crossed)!

On my wish list is: Oh…. having a gallery store is so hard. I’m tempted all the time by my surroundings and the beautiful things I show. Most recently I really want one of Tomoko Wada’s glass art pieces and Benjamin Pearce’s sculptural bronze objects.

Object B by Tomoko Wada at Public Record

A design characteristic I find myself drawn to is: Beautiful outlines, but with texture so you can see the artisans hand in the work — their passion and energy.  Something isn’t easy to understand. Or sometimes it’s just something that makes me smile.

The last thing I added to my wardrobe was: A Sherie Muijs and Ryder Jones collab-piece — a one-off shirt, others are available from Public Record too.

The design (building, person, item) that inspires me is: The Mono-ha design era/movement — Lee Ufan etc.  ‘The Mono-ha artists explored the encounter between natural and industrial materials, such as stone, steel plates, glass, light bulbs, cotton, sponge, paper, wood, wire, rope, leather, oil, and water, arranging them in mostly unaltered, ephemeral states. The works focus as much on the interdependency of these various elements and the surrounding space as on the materials themselves’. This has been an inspiration for Public Record and behind some of the fundamentals of what I do. 

Artist Lee Ufan photographed for WSJ

An indulgence I would never forgo is: Eating beautiful food with good company. Having a hot bath.

If I had to limit my shopping to one neighbourhood in one city it would be: Kyoto or Aoyama in Tokyo 

My style icon is: Sarah Linh Tran from Lemaire or Yohji Yamamoto.

Sarah Linh Tran (right), co-designer of Lemaire

The best book I’ve read in the last year is: Pachinko by Min Jin Lee — it feels like reading the history of my family. My father’s side were immigrants from Korea to Japan in the 50s.

My favourite room in my house is: Our open kitchen which overlooks our native garden. This is usually where we entertain guests. 

I recently discovered: I have a very obsessive personality… During [the first] lockdown, I forgot time and did a 1000 piece puzzle overnight. When I get interested in something, I immerse myself in that world for a while. And, I love what I do, so I tend to get obsessed with work. 

The last meal out I had that truly impressed me was: Seasonal handmade pasta from Clay on K’ Road and matcha cheesecake from Coffee Pen.

Squid ink, salt cod ravioli with lemon butter sauce and fennel fronds from Clay

The people I rely on for my well being are: My family — which adds a healthy routine to life as well as the stories and the beautiful experiences we share.

The one artist whose work I would collect is (if price is not an issue): Hiroshi Sugimoto.

If I wasn’t doing what I am, I would be: I would design costume for film or become a potter.

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If you use dry shampoo, have regular colour treatments, or just generally tend to suffer from greasy roots, this product is for you. The highly-rated Clean Rinse Clarifying Scalp Serum with Niacinamide from Sunday Riley is formulated to cleanse the scalp of product buildup, excess oil, dead skin, and pollution, resulting in a healthier-looking scalp and refreshed hair. Suitable for straight, wavy, curly, and coily locks, this scalp serum is effective but gentle, with a micellar water base to lift away dirt as it is rinsed out of your hair. 

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Protect your tresses while you sleep with a silk turban by Slip. Crafted from high-grade, long fibre mulberry silk, this silk turban helps to protect your hair from friction throughout the night with a double-lined twist design, made especially with Slipsilk elastic to fit a range of head sizes.

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Architect to know: John Irving on curveballs, courtyards and the one thing every house should have

Since founding his eponymous design studio in 2004, Auckland-based principal architect John Irving has led his team to strive for simplification, and well-considered, timeless design. Among Studio John Irving’s acclaimed projects are the tranquil Tara Iti cottages at Tara Iti golf course near Mangawhai, and the Dart — a breathtaking holiday home with an exquisite outlook and unique, streamlined form. A man of wide-ranging interests who recognises the importance of enjoying the process, Irving shares his inspirations, favourite pieces and foremost design rules.

The Dart
The Dart by John Irving

My design style can be defined as ‘keep it simple.’

Living and working as an architect in Berlin in the 90s has shaped me, and my work, more than any particular teachings. That place was the best possible head f**k. Berliners know how to live.

The product or item I specify the most is anything from the Tio range by Mass Productions, there’s not a dud in the whole collection. It’s visually light, bulletproof, works inside and out — props to the designers, it’s brilliant work.

At this point in my career, usually I can convince clients to take a risk. The good clients throw curveballs at you and then trust you to figure it out. 

I love the design work of Marcel Breuer. His houses rock my boat; modernism with warmth. In terms of contemporary architects, I enjoy Tom Kundig’s work. We are working with him as the local team on a lovely home he is doing here in New Zealand and it’s been great fun.

My favourite furniture pieces are beautiful and comfortable chairs which are more difficult to find than you would think. My top three are the PK22 by Poul Kjaerholm, Charles and Ray Eames’ 124 lounge chair, and Mr. Chair by Charles Mulhauser. They were all designed in the glory days of furniture design: the late 1950s. I collect mid-century furniture, so I definitely have my favourites.

Ronchamp chapel by Le Corbusier

I’m a courtyard junky; it’s my favourite space to design. It’s the room you create by leaving a space empty. I also love a sunken lounge with a fireplace. I have no idea why stepping down into a lounge is the best, but it really is. 

Diamond Beach in Iceland was one of the most incredible places I have visited. 1000 year old glacial ice flows out of the lagoon only for wave action to smash the ice back up onto the black sand beach. I just stood there dumbfounded by its beauty. Iceland feels like what nature looks like when it’s tripping on acid, it’s relentlessly beautiful. In terms of unforgettable buildings, it’s hard to beat the drama of the Pantheon, although Le Corbusier’s Ronchamp chapel gives it a good nudge. It’s great to meet your heroes and not be disappointed.

An object I would never part with is my 1969 Omega Speedmaster moon watch that I got from Irving Texas. We belong together.

On my personal wish list is a 1969 Porsche 911 in olive green. Some of my wishes can get a little specific.

The last design piece I added to a project that I loved was a Douglas and Bec wall light. Everyone: buy their stuff.

Thermal baths in Switzerland by Peter Zumthor

The designer that inspires me is Swiss architect Peter Zumthor for his gimmick-free, modern, timeless work and his mastery of stone and I have stayed at his thermal baths in Vals, Switzerland, a few times. It is an architect’s dream with bonus rooms by Kuma and Ando, and my favourite winter escape — go there.

My design icon is Jean Nouvel, I enjoy his architectural unpredictability, he has a loose mind.

I often find unexpected inspiration in and on planes. Everything about them — their honest form being based on function alone. I think the Concorde is the greatest piece of C20 design, and it was done by engineers going “okay, what works best for something that goes faster than a bullet?” I am addicted to designing on planes, there’s something about being in a metal canister travelling a million miles an hour above the clouds that makes me want to design stuff. It also justifies the upgrade. 

All houses should have an outdoor shower, it’s my favourite thing to include. I have one among the Nikau at my beach house. I don’t even know if the indoor shower works.

From left: PK22 chair by by Poul Kjærholm for Fritz Hansen; V Beachhouse by Studio John Irving

It sounds a little pretentious but I try to pluck inspiration from the site and the personality of the clients, rather than external projects. Otherwise, you can get caught up in the fashion of the day which is bad when you are designing things that should last for 100 years. 

I am an obsessive art collector, it’s so much sexier than having money in a bank account. If I could choose any artist it would be Caravaggio, I discovered him by accident at the Vatican museum and spent the next 10 years trawling around Europe looking at his paintings, I have literally seen most of them. Coming closer to earth, my Muriwai pad would look rather dapper as a homage to Colin McCahon’s works from his Muriwai years. 

My personal style signifier is jandals.

Fred & Ginger
Fred & Ginger by Studio John Irving

If I wasn’t doing what I am, I would be an influencer.

My parents were collectors and the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree… I collect a lot of things; old electric fans, things from 1969 (this particular collection is out of control), retro Air New Zealand memorabilia, moon stuff, mid-century furniture, Lufthansa cutlery, propellers. I also have more surfboards and snowboards than I care to admit. Playtime is important.

One of my important design rules as an architect when working on people’s homes is: try to remember that it is their home and not yours. Be friends with your clients at the end of the project, it’s my number one rule. If you aren’t friends then you are doing it wrong. It’s about making people happy. 


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Nothing beats curling up with a good book. From classics to contemporary fiction, these novels and short stories are sure to inspire and captivate during long days spent inside.

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A Long Petal of The Sea by Isabel Allende
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Topics of Conversation by Miranda Popkey
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The Mirror & The Light by Hilary Mantel
The final installment of Mantel’s double Booker-winning Thomas Cromwell trilogy is just as compelling and captivating as its predecessors, an artful work of historical fiction that covers the aftermath of Anne Boelyn’s death in 1536.

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How Do We Know We’re Doing It Right? by Pandora Sykes
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Wow, No Thank You by Samantha Irby
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Intimations: Six Essays by Zadie Smith
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You Will Never Be Forgotten by Mary South
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Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
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Passing by Nella Larsen
Following two light-skinned black women living through the Harlem Renaissance, this novel juxtaposes how the stories of Clare and Irene converge and disperse, based on the different ways each woman embraces (or rejects) her racial background. 

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Rodham by Curtis Sittenfeld
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Discover the New Zealand supplement and skincare brand disrupting the wellness market

With the importance of taking care of our day-to-day wellbeing more urgent than ever, the demand for treatments, products and choices that support our immune system and overall health function is on the rise. 

While self-care often prompts us to focus inward, health is an externally holistic concept — it radiates even further than the individual, in turn allowing us to effectively manage our lives and the needs of those around us. 

New Zealand supplement brand Me Today lives and breathes this philosophy, with its ethos of ‘look after yourself, so you can be there for others.’

The foundation of the range came from an extremely personal experience, says CEO Michael Kerr. “In 2018 my wife, Nikki, was diagnosed with stage three breast cancer. She was 36 and we had two young girls, so it came as a big shock to the family. My immediate reaction was to stop working, stay home and look after her. However, Nikki had other ideas. She wanted me to ensure I was keeping myself healthy, both mentally and physically, so I could be there to look after the whole family.”

Photographer: Holly Burgess

While focusing on nourishing his body from the inside out with diet, exercise and getting enough sleep, it was through a futile search for a trustworthy, New Zealand-made, supplement and skincare range that Kerr and his wife became frustrated. 

This frustration led Kerr to develop Me Today, along with Grant Baker and Stephen Sinclair, a brand focused on delivering high quality, natural products based on scientific and traditional evidence that Kiwis can trust.

Currently encompassing 15 different supplements, targeted for specific uses, and a range of 13 skincare products for face and body, Me Today’s offering is formulated to slot into busy lifestyles effortlessly — a boon when all of us are more stressed and busy than ever before.  

“We’ve created a cross-category range of highly natural products that are free of nasties and use premium ingredients,” says Kerr. “We choose ingredients that we know are effective and are the most absorbable on the skin and in the body, ensuring the highest-quality products.”

“Given the pandemic we’re currently facing, and with cold weather still lingering, it’s of vital importance that we provide our bodies with the support they need to fight off winter ills and chills”, says Kerr. Me Today’s Women’s Daily and Men’s Daily supplements are a great starting point for maintaining general health and wellbeing, as they contain all the essential vitamins, minerals and herbs to support energy production, immune function and overall health. 

“I’d also recommend building Protect into your routine as this includes echinacea and vitamin C to boost your body’s immune system against winter colds.” 

A good night’s sleep is also vital for keeping our strength up, with the Goodnight supplement containing magnesium and valerian to help muscles relax and calm any restlessness and tension before bedtime.

Photographer: Holly Burgess

Not neglecting our outer appearance as well as our inner-health, Me Today’s range of daily skincare upholds the brand’s values of premium and highly natural ingredients, and is curated for women’s specific skincare needs. Crafted with natural botanicals and powerful antioxidants including Vitamin C, A, E and B3, these products aim to assist with deep hydration and in reducing the appearance of hyperpigmentation.

Me today’s skincare range is cruelty free, and free from parabens, sodium laureth sulphate or phthalates — all packaged in recyclable and reusable glass with minimal plastic. 

“The entire range is also from New Zealand, which is something that is important to me and the brand,” says Kerr. “I wanted to ensure that, as a New Zealand wellness-focused company, we were creating all our products here too.”

And as for what is next in the beauty and wellness industry? “I think we’re going to see an even bigger focus on natural beauty worldwide, but especially here in New Zealand,” predicts Kerr. “People are increasingly aware of the adverse side effects that ingredients such as sulfates, parabens, phthalates, and silicones have on their health, and I think we’re only going to see that awareness grow.”

Supplements will also become even more important, he thinks, and we can see why — especially when they allow us to naturally pick up our game, feel great in mind, body and spirit, while still being there for the people around us.

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New and noteworthy films and tv shows to add to your watch-list

As streaming services offer more excellent content than we’ve ever had access to before, we help you cut through the noise with the latest and greatest. From ground-breaking series to captivating films, these projects are sure to impress.

Dirty John: The Betty Broderick Story
The second season of true crime drama Dirty John tackles a totally different story of suspicion, deception and ultimately, murder. This time around, Betty Broderick is the focus, a Californian housewife whose seemingly picture-perfect life totally unravels in a love story gone very, very wrong. Watch on Netflix

Lovecraft Country
Based on the novel by Matt Gruff and produced by Get Out‘s Jordan Peele, Lovecraft Country follows Atticus Black as he travels across racially-segregated 1950s America in search of his missing father. Blurring the lines between fantasy and reality, this new HBO series is not to be missed. Watch on Neon

Bad Education
The true story of the largest public school embezzlement in American history, Bad Education is a dark comedy/drama that follows Dr. Frank Tassone (Hugh Jackman) and Pam Glukin (Allison Janney) as they steal millions of dollars from the public school they run, while simultaneously striving to make it the best in the district. Watch on Neon

High Fidelity
This small-screen adaptation of the best-selling novel by Nick Hornby revisits the tale of Rob, a record store owner who decides to reach back into his relationship archive to determine what exactly what went wrong with his most recent romance. This adaptation sees Zoe Kravitz play Rob, one of many refreshing updates to this well-known and well-loved story. Watch on Neon

The Way Back
Ben Affleck plays an ex-high-school basketball star who, after walking away from his future, finds himself stuck on a meaningless path. A story of loss and resurrection without leaning on cliché, the protagonist is given a shot at redemption when he becomes the basketball coach at his alma mater. Watch on Apple TV

The Therapist
This Viceland series sees Dr Siri Sat Nam Sing sit down with some of music’s best-known rappers, pop artists and rockstars to dig deeper into their public personas and see what really lies beneath the surface. Watch on Neon

Dollface
Whimsical and extremely watchable, Dollface is a new comedy series which charts the journey of newly-single Jules (Kat Dennings), who must seek to rekindle her friendships after being consumed by coupledom for half a decade. Watch on Neon

The Great
Hilariously irreverent and very loosely based on fact, The Great centres around Catherine The Great (Elle Fanning), and her fraught journey to power. Set in the Russian court of stroppy Emperor Peter (Nicholas Hoult), Catherine must find her own path through rampant promiscuity, violent outbursts and cautious conspiracy. Watch on Neon

I May Destroy You
Told through the eyes of Arabella, a young woman who has her drink spiked on a night out, this new British comedy-drama (written by and starring Michaela Coel) is making waves for its honest portrayal of sexual assault and its aftermath. Watch on Neon

Stateless
Inspired by true events, Stateless is the gripping tale of four strangers whose lives intersect at an Australian immigration detention centre. Co-created by Oscar winner Cate Blanchett (more on her later), this six-episode series is being hailed as one of the year’s best. Watch on Netflix

Unorthodox
Growing up in Brooklyn’s ultra-orthodox Jewish community, Esty feels there is something more in store for her, as she escapes her religion and husband, to start a new life. Offering a fascinating look at the customs of a religion that is typically very private, but told in a way that never errs into sensationalism, this moving miniseries will stay with you long after its final scene. Watch on Netflix

Mrs America
Centred around second-wave feminism at the time of the Equal Rights Amendment, this miniseries focuses on Phylis Schlafly — conservative darling of the right — and her attempts to thwart the amendment’s passing into law. Told through the eyes of women from the era (on both sides of the aisle) and anchored by a masterful Cate Blanchett in the leading role, this show offers a fascinating look into history. Watch on Neon

Misbehaviour
Starring Keira Knightly, Gugu Mbatha-Raw and Jessie Buckley, Misbehaviour tells the story of the women who hatched a plan to hijack the 1970 Miss World competition — the year that saw the first Black competitor crowned. In cinemas 22nd October

The Platform
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Tūtira is New Zealand's first climate positive tourism provider offering the ultimate high country, low impact experiences

Tūtira offers exhilarating eco-adventures through the South Island’s expansive high country stations

If there is one silver lining to be found during last-minute lockdowns, it’s that nature is given a chance to breathe. The sky becomes clearer, birds become bolder, and our landscapes let out a sigh of relief.

Stuck indoors, or to the confines of our neighbourhoods, humans don’t fare as well in such times. Naturally, booking an escape to the great outdoors gives us something to look forward to when we can spread our wings once more. 

Tourism operators are excited to share the best of what our country has to offer again. But in an eagerness for business to return to normal, unsustainable practices threaten to tip nature out of balance. In a typical year, the industry contributes 8 to 10 percent of New Zealand’s total carbon emissions, harming the very environments we set out to appreciate. Herein lies the industry’s paradox. It’s time for a new itinerary.

Tūtira is New Zealand’s first climate positive tourism provider offering the ultimate high country, low impact experiences. Its guided electric motorbike tours explore some of the most majestic privately-owned stations in New Zealand, where you will feel but a blip in the breath-taking landscapes. Kiwi-made electric motorbike technology ensures each ride is smooth and silent, allowing you to take in the serene and expansive scenery in all its glory.

On offer is one of New Zealand’s finest high country land holdings, Lake Hāwea Station in the Queenstown Lakes District. The 6500-hectare property produces top-grade merino wool, lamb and purebred Angus beef. Guests here will enjoy exclusive access to the farm’s dramatic landscapes, which undulate from the pristine lakeside to tussock covered hilltops and rolling backcountry.

Another option, Middlehurst Station, is an original New Zealand high country merino farm in the heart of Marlborough’s Awatere Valley. Visitors have the run of its vast 16,000 hectare property — from the broad riverbeds around the homestead to the varied backcountry and rugged peaks of the upper Kaikōura Ranges. A new station stay in Canterbury will be announced soon.

With curated rides available for groups of up to ten, this is your chance to experience outstanding high country hospitality and the rustic charms of your surroundings. Tūtira’s off-the-beaten-track adventures are typically three days — with three-course meals featuring local produce along the way. 

In Te Reo Māori, Tūtira translates to gathering together in a row or a line, which is similar to how guests experience the stations on an at-your-own-pace ride. It is also the title of one of the first books to discuss the ecological impacts of farming in New Zealand. Encouraging guests to understand the past and look ahead to the future, Tūtira shares the tangata whenua, history, heritage and environmental story that makes each high country visit unique. 

When we need a break from modern life’s complexities, reconnecting with nature helps us to reflect on what’s truly important. For Tūtira, it’s protecting some of the country’s greatest natural assets long after a stay. Ten percent of revenue from each trip goes to on-station conservation and regeneration efforts. Guests are welcome to encounter these grounding initiatives, from habitat and biodiversity restoration to waterways protection and regenerative soil projects.

Tūtira approaches tourism with the principles of carbon negativity and a restorative connection to land, food and fibre. Each trip includes climate positive offsets equal to 200 percent of all experience emissions, including the complimentary transfers to the location. It’s part of Tūtira’s committed to making New Zealand’s pure, clean promise a reality. Creating a new, and renewed, normal.

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Luxurious materials and artistic functionality form the basis of Tim Webber Design’s latest collection

A new product range from Tim Webber Design offers an evolution of the brand’s much-loved aesthetic. Known for its simplistic beauty and a focus on functionality, clean lines and details, Tim Webber Design’s latest release brings a slightly more sculptural element to the fold, a harmonious meeting of the artistic and the functional.

“I wanted to convey a sense of luxury through the materials and design,” says Tim Webber of the direction, “while remaining homely, versatile and practical at the same time.”

Comprising 14 pieces encompassing tables, sideboards, lighting and accessories, as well as sofas and chairs, the new collection has a particular focus on solid timber, a progression from the plywood regularly utilised by the brand. 

Designed to sit seamlessly in varied spaces across New Zealand and Australia, the quality of the timber offers a sense of solidity and permanence, finished with brass details. 

“It’s in line with my philosophy of creating clean, simple lines that are well-considered with a focus on details and connections,” says Webber. “Celebrating the joins and the mixing
of materials.”

Trace Table from Tim Webber Design

Pale, luminous maple would sit well at a holiday home, or in an environment where there are lighter, whiter timbers, while the darker grains of walnut and oak offer a deeper, luxurious look that would be particularly at home in a villa. 

Lighting also sees a turn of the sculptural with one range featuring a collaboration by a local glass-blower, in a bid to explore new processes as well as new materials. A new pendant series born from the pairing creates an organic feel with an undulating mould process, resulting in a shape that contrasts beautifully with the brass fitting. Fans
of the clean and crisp will find much
to love in the other new lighting release, utilising linear lines with brass and
glass tubing. 

It’s hugely important to Webber that nearly everything in the collection is made in New Zealand, working with local craftspeople and businesses, and with all of us spending even more time in our homes, these are products that will add timeless joy to any space. 

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New Zealand designer Helen Cherry on why trousers will always be sexy

It’s hardly surprising that the tireless search for trousers that offer comfort and confidence, with more than a soupçon of style, ends for many women with Helen Cherry. After scanning countless racks, the classic approach and subtle detailing of Cherry’s trousers offer enormous relief.

For more than 30 years the accomplished Cherry has been refining her signature style, and trousers have always been a key part of her aesthetic arsenal.

“I have always felt incredibly at home in trousers,” Cherry says. “They’re sexy. For me there is nothing more satisfying than having trousers that can empower you at the office and then take you out to dinner or even a black tie affair by mixing up your shoes and accessories. It’s that Yves Saint Laurent Le Smoking approach to dressing.”

Women such as Katharine Hepburn, Ingrid Bergman, American Gigolo-era Lauren Hutton and contemporary style icon Caroline de Maigret all validate Cherry’s approach but the proof is in the pants, or trousers.

Helen Cherry’s winter 2018 campaign

“You can call them either pants or trousers but for me pants are a bit more casual while trousers are tailored,” she says. “I’ve always leaned towards a more tailored approach, even when I’m doing styles that aren’t trousers.”

For Cherry the most important factor with trousers is the fit and the cut. To achieve a variety of styles that suit a wide range of customers, the detail-oriented designer creates all of her pieces on a size 10 fit model.

“We fit everything on her but I’m a very pragmatic designer. Everyone tries the samples on. I have a very different body shape to the fit model, having a more athletic frame with slim hips. I’m mindful that women are not all one size and shape and make sure that I accommodate that.”

Almost as important as the fit and cut is the fabrication, with the designer rejecting plenty of rolls of fabric on the journey to achieving a flattering silhouette. “If they don’t have the finish I’m after they’re out,” she says.

Once the cut and fabric are perfected, the trouser is fully realised. Cherry’s highly sought after Cigarette Pant, sold since 2012, has gone on to become the designer’s signature piece. 

“We are constantly revisiting it and tweaking it. There is always a winter version in black Italian wool but over the years we have worked with mills in Italy to create other colours from red to cerulean blue.”

Helen Cherry’s winter 2020 campaign and lookbook

While the gentle tapering of the Cigarette Pant is almost universally popular, Cherry reiterates the importance of knowing what suits your shape and being cautious of new trends.

“If fashion is saying it’s all about the wide trouser, that’s great but be prepared to accept that a wide trouser just might not suit you.”

To achieve the perfect trousers, Cherry incorporates many details invisible at a casual glance, to achieve effortless elegance. Considered darts and pleats, slanted pockets, varied linings, invisible ankle zips all come into play. 

So which of these factors is most important when finding the trousers to transform your wardrobe? 

“They’re all equally important,” Cherry says. “It’s hard to say which combination creates what’s right for a woman but you can be sure that when she puts on the pair of trousers that don’t work, she will know.”

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