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.
A refined take on the utilitarian and industrial shapes from the Soviet era’s metal furniture design. Stalin would most certainly not be amused.
Shaped and brought to shore by the whim of curious tides.
Much like linear hatching in drawing and engraving, these pieces create shade and tone through lines that seem almost hand sketched.
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.
Finalists at the 2017 Interior Awards include a chapel that mixes old and new, a golden-hued office and an industrial inner-city café.
From Mondrian to Margiela: a very personal blending of influences – design and otherwise – make this French apartment a veritable tour de force.
Apartment developers Josephine and John Love share some of the objects that make them feel at home.
Ground is soon to be broken for The Pacifica, a soaring new apartment complex that has the ability to reinvigorate an enclave of Auckland’s downtown.
A house in the hills of Los Angeles has recently become a showroom for The Future Perfect, a design store with additional locations in Manhattan and San Francisco.
This sophisticated Moscow home shows how custom-designed spaces, furniture and fittings can take the uniformity out of apartment living.
Like a well kept secret, a renovated 1930s bungalow hides a black steel and glass addition from the street.
Urbis chats to the co-founders of a home exchange website aimed solely at creatives about trading their highly curated abodes with perfect strangers.