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Another simple and elegant object from Auckland-based
up-and-comer David Moreland, the Step barstool is
designed to accommodate short and tall people -- with no
moving parts. "The idea behind the stool is that by having
two di erent height foot rails it suits people of all sizes,"
David says. "There is no back or front to the stool. You
simply choose which footrest is most comfortable to use."
The stunning Waka Lights from Collis Studio are hand-crafted from paperclay and Egyptian paste. Inspired by the view from
Peter Collis's Auckland studio and his love of sailing, the lights are named for the traditional Maori canoe, or waka. Peter has been
a fulltime professional potter since 1978. With the waka form, he has moved away from his well-known wheel-thrown objects
to experiment with hand-laying paperclay to form a pat tern e ect. The sprayed-on Egyptian paste (coloured slip) adds to the
richness and texture of the lights. Waka lights are available in a range of styles and colours.
Bold and beautiful, the seven-storey, five-tower Ironbank
development on Auckland's Karangahape Rd cleaned up
at this year's New Zealand Institute of Architects Awards.
Designed by RTA Studio, Ironbank won awards in the
commercial and sustainable architecture categories as well
as urban design and a Resene colour award.
The five rusting steel towers form an internal courtyard
and thoroughfare, which is bounded by a coloured glass lift
shaft and industrial stairs. The towers rough stack design
allows for panoramic views and natural cross-ventilation,
which adds to the building's five-star green cred.
"Ironbank is great on every level," says Mario Madayag,
a judging panel convener. "This is what New Zealand is
capable of and this is what we should be doing."
Renee Boyd's ceramic wall clock has scribbled ceramic
pencil marks to remind you of one of your favourite
hangouts -- home. Renee grew up in Laingholm, on
the edge of Auckland's Waitakere Ranges, where she
was inspired by the lush forest and untamed black sand
beaches. "My parents were into DIY and all the hippy
crafts back then like macrame and knitting, so they
encouraged me to go to all sorts of arts classes. Eventually
when I left school, I ended up studying ceramics at Unitec,"
The Home clocks are handmade using slab
construction and come gift wrapped and boxed.
reneeboyd.co.nz or cleverbastards.co.nz.
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