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Apple Bay house a quietly, sensitive performer

Architecture

Apple Bay house a quietly, sensitive performer

Winner of a local branch award in the 2010 Nelson/Marlborough NZIA awards, Parsonson Architect’s Apple Bay house was praised by the judges for the way it sits sensitively in the trees. But, for the owners who have a special interest in the theatre, this holiday home in a bush-clad bay of the Marlborough Sounds has a little secret that ensure when they stay here, they can create a lot of fun

Architecture/Design

Normally bland and impersonal, gynaecologist’s offices don’t often make the cut for design awards. But this warm, playful and seductively curvaceous solution in Auckland, by Tim Dorrington of Dorrington Architects, breaks the mould to make potentially anxious clients feel more relaxed. It gained highly commended for an interior fitout in the New Zealand Timber Design Awards 2010 as well as a bronze for ‘Spatial Design—Rooms’, in the Best Design Awards.

Furniture design

It’s been a long time coming, but Backhouse Design has finally received several new products showcased by Kartell at the Milan Fair in April. Michelle Backhouse explains Kartell is one of the few large Italian furniture companies that’s still family owned after 60 years in business, which ensures they can respond to market demand and remain at the cutting edge of design.

Architecture

Every client has their dream. But as many of us discover when building a home, dreams often don’t align perfectly with what is realistically affordable. That doesn’t have to be the end of the dream. David Ponting (Ponting Fitzgerald) discusses a journey he recently took, in which he navigated a pathway through limitations to arrive at a final design even better than the original.

Architecture

Architectural names come and go as firms are established then are assimilated into larger operations, or just cease to exist. But one name has been constant since the very beginning of the profession in this country. Mason and Wales is New Zealand’s oldest practice.