The Birba chair – possibly the most perfect folding chair ever made – has just celebrated its 20th birthday. The seat, designed by James Brönte, has been produced for the past two decades by Bonaldo, an Italian furniture company (New Zealanders can buy it at Studio Italia; Australians at Cafe Culture). It’s constructed from painted steel in all sorts of colours. But best of all, it takes up just 3cm of space when folded up and stored – perfect for apartment living. bonaldo.it
From rich copper to polished brass, warm metallic accents are taking over.
Much like the sets of Spanish filmmaker Pedro Almodóvar, seemingly mismatched colours, shapes and eras find an unexpectedly vibrant harmony.
A clean, angular line of brass and a matte rimu top are all it took to create this simple, yet elegant Goldie side table.
Auckland’s Unitec recently launched ‘Inside the Aotearoa House’, an exhibition of student work seeking Maori-inspired interpretations of everyday objects.
A Tasmanian home informed by the tactility and comfort of an antique book collection.
The Urbis travel competition for two to Buenos Aires has revealed a lucky winner!
Be in the draw to win a digitally knitted Shibui Pendant light worth $399.
Thomas Hamel has been a leading eye in the international design world since his firm Thomas Hamel & Associates was established in 1990 in Sydney. Here he speaks with Justin Foote about his views on creating warm spaces and his upcoming visit to New Zealand.