Established in 1951 Lockwood is a familiar part of the New Zealand building landscape, if you own a Lockwood home you will appreciate the added layer of complexity when renovating.
I recently worked on a well known Lockwood home in Rotorua, an absolute gem of a home hidden within a rambling well established garden. Owned by a creative couple, who initially engaged me to assist them with their tree house accommodation, the brief was to design a kitchen that would fit seamless into the existing home.
Original materials used in the home were a fascinatingly eclectic mix, ranging from hand made copper pelmets, solid black and white marble checker board flooring with brass thresholds, timber veneer wall linings and grass cloth wallpaper. Needless to say this was NOT a home for a cookie cutter shiny white kitchen.
Selecting Maskaratus granite for its deep green and rich gold veins gave us the visual connection to the garden, add American Walnut Crown Cut Veneer as a nod to the original wall lings, Dulux Hoon Hay for its soothing moss green depth, a dash of grass cloth wallpaper and an incredibly talented cabinet maker mix it all together and the result is magic.
Furniture is one of my ‘things’. A thoughtfully hand crafted piece of furniture is something pretty special, particularly these days as we seem to be surrounded by poorly made furniture with either a short functional life span and or something that ticks the On Trend box … for today.
Referred by a client I was delighted to discover The Earnest Workshop who craft their magic right here in Mount Maunganui. In 2012 Dan Gillingham gathered together a group of makers and began to create furniture to cherish.
The Peel Coat Rack sums it up really, beautiful and functional, take a look at this behind the scenes video to appreciate hand crafting at its best …. it’s very therapeutic
Searching for outdoor furniture I was super excited to discover Tait. A beautifully designed collection of well made, sustainable out door furniture, purpose built to withstand the Australian climate ….. so it’s got to be tough, right?
From small factory beginnings in Melbourne Tait was established in 1992 by Gordon and Susan Tait. The creative couple, Gordon a sheet metal craftsman and Susan a creative textile designer, saw a gap in the market for well-made outdoor furniture. Combining their skills they set out to fill the gap, 27 years on they collaborate with top Australian designers to produce iconic collections that are all proudly created entirely in Australia
Really difficult to pick a favorite, BUT top of my list would be ….
Trace Collection by Adam Goodrum, a stunning combination of Aluminium, Stainless Steel Mesh and Sustainable Timber. Pictured in Mokum Club Tropicalia South Beach outdoor velvet and Catherine Martin’s Tropicalia print.
Flint by Ross Gardam, is aptly described as robust yet refined extending the leg detail to the table top is a clever twist.
Take a moment to browse through the Tait projects page it’s inspiring!
Super excited to have one of my recent projects featured in the November 2019 Issue of NZ House & Garden.
The striking farm house exterior of bagged brick and board & batten has been well photographed by the locals, in fact it has caused quite a stir right from the early days of construction. On a tree lined street at The Lakes, Tauranga the H shaped floor plan makes the most of the sunshine and the quite green space on the rear boundary.
Being the second build project within a few years the clients had a very clear vision of the end result they were after. It was a pleasure to work together again refining and expanding on our original ideas.
Beautifully built by Ultimate Homes
Designed by JMAC Architecture
Go grab yourself a copy
In the constant search for new trends and products I come across a lot of average and a lot of predictable cookie cutter design. 9 times out of 10 projects that make me eagerly lean forward and peer at my screen are from Australian designers. Our life styles and climates are so similar that the design signature transfers easily to New Zealand.
The Australian Interior Design awards short list has been published and not surprisingly features many of my favorites, Templeton Architecture, MIM Design, Robson Rak Architects to name a few.
A new discovery for me is Heartly Their entry Fairfield House is so simple yet packed with detail …. which is my definition of good design.
Hours of planning, detailing and a team of skilled craftsmen is required to deliver simple refined design. Often when you are standing in the space you don’t initially see it but you certainly feel something different.
It’s almost about what is missing …. in these images it is the absence of skirting and architraves (negative detailing), square stopped ceilings, full height window joinery, asymmetric rangehood verses lighting feature in a clean functional kitchen.
Take a browse through Heartly portfolio and each time you will see whats missing
Images by Jack Lovel
For 20 years Pantone’s colour of the year has influenced what we wear and how we furnish our homes, this year’s colour is Living Coral.
Don’t panic, challenging yourself to inject Coral into your interior is not necessarily what its all about.
The colour of the year signifies a change in direction, this year we will see a move towards feminine hues, natural fibers, and organic textures as we strive create spaces of comfort and wellness.
So how do you add this years trend to your home….
Start by saying farewell to those shades of Grey (yeah!) as Cool Whites will morph into Warm Whites and Neutrals.
Leading fabric houses are showing soft chalky shades of vanilla, rose and pistachio. Large scale floral blooms are replacing the tropical vibe and will feature in fabrics, wall panel murals and rugs.
Curtain fabrics are sheer loose weave natural fibers that drape softly.
100% Wool carpet is back, adding an important layer of texture and helping to make a warm healthy home.
Kitchen bench tops are thin, combined with timber veneers and metal accents.
Bring it on!
Take a browse through the project gallery of Melbourne based Templeton Architecture and you will see refined sophistication. Their bio describes an ethos of focusing on light, colour and proportion whilst respecting the Architectural history of each project.
The Matilda project is a weekend getaway built on the clients childhood land Northeast of Victoria. The layered rawness of the Rammed Earth construction is breathtaking, it appears to hold history. While the product was chosen for its thermal properties for me the solid timeless beauty of the earth surpasses any technical advantage!
Aptly described by Templeton Architecture as “The honest warmth of the material, and the depth of its construction, grounded the project into the natural contours of the land”
Templeton’s homage to history can clearly been seen here in the Delatite Station project as well
It’s always a privilege to listen to International Industry Experts, while it can make you feel like a pretty small fish in the big sea of the Design World, at the same time its incredibly inspiring and motivating to learn first hand about the jaw dropping projects that are going on around the world.
Recently Tauranga was fortunate enough to host Kai-Uwe Bergmann, a partner at Bjarke Ingles Group BIG Kai-Uwe heads up the business development arm of the architectural practice that operates in over 20 countries around the world. The presentation covered a range of recent BIG projects, from a tiny cabin in the forest to underground gymnasiums, LEGO and GOOGLE head quarters, a new form of public transport in Dubai – non friction transport tubes and the ongoing investigation into creating living pods for Mars!! What!!
The Urban Rigger project was one that really resonated with me. Don’t get me wrong my mind was blown with all the projects but the Urban Rigger seemed to have a local Tauranga sense of scale.
The idea was a solution to a lack of student accommodation in Copenhagen.
9 shipping containers were stacked in a circle creating 12 studio spaces with a central communal space and garden. Floating on pontoons the containers were designed to be buoyant, once constructed they are moved to the harbor in the heart of the city.
Simple right? The pods were designed to connect together forming communities … with million dollar views!
These floating studio apartments were made even more appealing with the inherent paired back sophisticated Danish style.
Many new build plans are now including Guest Powder Rooms. They are a fantastic opportunity to go a little wild.
You can forget all the practical restrictions that the main bathroom and ensuite will command, no steam to worry about, limited storage will be required … basically it just has to be pretty! As a space you nip in and out of you won’t tire of a bold statement decision. How do I achieve all that I hear you ask, the answer is simple ……..WALLPAPER.
The Powder Room is a tiny space that should pack a big punch, think about not only the vanity but the mirror, and the lighting. Surprise and delight your guests with pattern and colour, are you bright and cheerful or dark and moody..
I have found these little beauties on Pinterest, saved to my bathroom board for further info.
Spring seems to be here at last, I have to say I’m definitely a summer girl and eagerly look forward to longer days and warmer temperatures. With summer on the horizon there is a subconscious shift in our decision making when it comes to Interiors.
While the Eurpoean fabric houses focus on their Winter collections we are ready to take on their tested Summer collections.
If you have been following my blog for a while you will know I love to use colour and that Designers Guild has been a reliable source of inspiration for many years.
The Jaipur Rose collection will not disappoint, printed on linen, cotton and lustrous velvet the collection is based on the work of 19th century explorers and naturalist. Boasting elegant timeless prints of exotic new lands vibrant colour sits along side peaceful soothing tones.
Traditional Japanese Art was the inspiration for Palace Flower Grande. Digitally printed on tumbled linen the soft pastel shades are super user friendly with the dove grey base cloth.
Above left the exotic Kashmiri fabric is also a digital print on linen, muted watercolour floral softens the sharp geometric hexagons. Vibrant Kashmiri Magenta or for a softer scheme Kashmiri Orchre with the textural hexagonal velvet Manipur Orchre below is an elegant option.