The New Zealand fashion label’s creative director, Marilou Dadat, credits the teamwork that made this succinct dream of a scheme work.  Marilou, you collaborated…
In association with Fisher & Paykel. A quintessential Queenslander in Queensland but updated through an unpretentious approach to minimalism, Coorparoo House by Brisbane architects Nielsen…



 The New Zealand fashion label’s creative director, Marilou Dadat, credits the teamwork that made this succinct dream of a scheme work.  Marilou, you collaborated with New Zealand interior designer Rufus Knight on your new Naarm/Melbourne store’s fit-out — how did that play out? This is the third store Rufus and his team have designed for Kowtow, the first being the flagship in Te Whanganui-a-Tara/Wellington and the second in Tāmaki Makaurau/Auckland. Each space is different but the brief is always the same: what materials can we use that are sustainable and natural? Like our clothing, the design started with circularity
Everything everywhere all at once? Let colour-blocking help you draw a line between home and work-from-home. In association with Resene. Get the look –  The confident, contrasting colour palette we’ve used to decorate and define this spare bedroom/office set-up embodies the orderly appeal of the classic refill pad, with its crisp, white paper and red and blue lines. For the bedroom bit, we chose red-brown Resene Scoria to convey the warmth, comfort and cosiness required for winding down. For an energising effect in the workspace, we went for pale blue Resene Dream Big, an uplifting colour that bounces light
There’s a must-see show on now until March 3, 2024 at Tāmaki Makaurau/Auckland gallery Objectspace that examines a single item from its earliest documented period of local production. Curated by Kim Paton, with exhibition and graphic design by Inhouse, The Chair: A story of design and making in Aotearoa covers 170 years in New Zealand’s annals — and a book of the same name is set to be published (Objectspace, $45) as an extension of it. The result of a 12-month deep dive into a domestic object that’s essential from the minute we clock in in the morning till


Going by the name of Hey Maker Studio, Waihi Beach-based artist Lisa Billing (Ngāi Te Rangi, Ngāti Ranginui ) is deep in commissions right now. She’s also working on some landscapes and a series of painted fruit bowls and vases inspired by old hand-blocked textiles. She offers limited-edition prints of some of her original paintings, so there’s always editing to be done, and she’s keen to expand on her current canvas sizes in 2024 and challenge herself with new mediums. How did she get here? Let’s start at the beginning. Lisa, when did you first hold a paintbrush and
If you ask Tāmaki Makaurau/Auckland’s Loren Marks what painting is to her, she’ll describe it as a chaotic blend of exploration, discovery, risk, experimentation, vulnerability, expression, dialogue, balance, harmony, energy and reflection. Some of her earliest memories are of wanting to paint, and she says it’s always felt as if it’s been part of her life in some way. Recently, after a decade spent working full-time as a textile designer in the fashion industry, she established a regular studio practice on the side.  So Loren, how do your various creative outlets feed into each other? I find it incredible
Creativity has been a constant in New Zealand-born Samoan/Rotuman/Tongan/Irish artist Serene Hodgman’s life, its meaning morphing over the years. As a child, she recalls it being a skill she and her cousins learned to keep them out of the kitchen when formal events were on, or at their nana’s (they once made a supermarket check-out conveyor belt from her ironing board and an ‘ie lavalava, which they pulled along the board with pantry food on it while using the iron as a barcode scanner). As she grew older, the Elam School of Fine Arts alum remembers being at her


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