The Christmas season is upon us and, amidst the fun and celebration, there’s always a small measure of gift-giving panic. Whether you’re shopping for a friend who seemingly has everything, a notoriously picky relative, or a family member who insists they ‘honestly don’t want anything this year’ (but of course, they really do!), the in-the-know Urbis elves have compiled a selection of gift options that are glitzy, quirky, glamorous… or just plain cool. So, take a deep breath, grab a festive beverage (and a credit card firmly in the other hand), and browse through the 2015 Urbis Christmas Gift Guide.
Resident has released a new collection of furniture and lighting entitled Dark Matter.
Dean Cornish uncovers luxury, innovation and sweet tunes in the year’s new gadgets.
Items using or referencing traditional handcrafts. Earthy materials, prints, colours, patterns and forms connect the home to other cultures and ways of living.
A refreshing take on ‘new luxury’.
This edit is not quite ’80s. It is not entirely Memphis-inspired and definitely not for the faint-hearted. It is, however, loud, youthful and proudly eclectic.
What’s new in Japanese design? Its minimalist tradition and subtle classics are reinvented for residential environments.
The digital revolution and its pulsating colours are infiltrating almost every realm of our lives, and the homewares and furniture industries are no different.
Even if it hasn’t been produced yet, this prototype lamp by Wellington design student Josh Bruderer ticks so many boxes that we can’t help but admire it.
An apartment for a creative couple – an opera director and a film director – offers up drama and grand gestures mixed with subtle and delicate moments.
A neighbourhood is being reborn in the heart of Auckland’s city fringe. Currently in its second stage of development, SKHY is located on the corner of Symonds Street and Khyber Pass (hence its name) on an elevated site that is within walking distance of all the main centres.
It’s time to make the most of the last sunny days and balmy nights. Enter to win a designer Kyoto outdoor bean bag crafted by luxury furniture brand, Lujo.
This sophisticated, nine-storey inn was designed by Jaime Hayon as a contemporary take on classic Spanish motifs.
Camille Khouri talked to renowned interior and furniture designer Francis Sultana about his life as a designer and his beautifully furnished apartment (featured in the current issue of Urbis).
This holiday home in the Hawke’s Bay is equal parts relaxation, art gallery, viewing platform and a subtle homage to Palm Springs.
Urbis chats to the co-founders of a home exchange website aimed solely at creatives about trading their highly curated abodes with perfect strangers.
The April/May issue of Urbis is out now and is filled with food for thought on urban living and how to make high-density work in our favour.