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FOOD PREPARATION ARIA
Restaurateur Jennifer Le Comte has created a new eatery in the Hastings
Opera House Precinct. The aptly named Opera Kitchen sits in the site of an
old lawnmower shop. Architect Roger Shand was tasked with updating the
building, preserving the original character and linking the restaurant to the
Opera House via a plaza with retractable roof. Jennifer used the talent of local
artists and designers Leanne Culy and David Trubridge to soften the industrial
feel of the i nte rio r. Visit operakitchen.co.nz.
EASY AS PI
Designing a sustaina ble flat-pa cked table that wouldn’t wobble was Roderick Fry ’s obse ssion.
“ I have a friend who is a retired bridge builder, so I started shouting him coffees as he
critiqued my ideas,” says Roderick, who owns the Paris-based New Zealand design shop
Moaroom. The result is the Pi table. It’s incredibly versatile and there’s not a wobble in sight.
Two metal pairs of legs slide over a simple piece of wood and voila – no screws. Roderick
claims almost any timber can be used – even recycled floorboards. Visit moaroom.com.
At Milan Design Week, David Trubridge’s Icarus installation gave an environmental
warning: for all our technology, let’s not get carried away and fly too close to the sun. The
installation was made up of three wing lights spiralling around the sun-form Sola light. True
to their principles, David and his team carried the entire installation over in their luggage to
be painstakingly assembled in Milan, offset their flights and used low-energy LED bulbs.
Wing lights $6395. Visit davidtrubridge.com.
Available in the shape of New York,
Auckland or London skylines, Catherine
David’s simple and sturdy coat racks are
made from galvanised, powder-coated
steel. A strong magnet will hold your mail
or your keys. Price NZ$205 (A$170).
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