John Reynolds in HOME

The lastest issue of HOME magazine is out today and it is the annual Art issue. The adventurous home of New Zealand artist John Reynolds is featured on the cover and Reynolds himself is a guest on the HOME team, adding his artistic touches throughout the issue.
The Reynolds' Auckland villa was renovated with architect Malcolm Walker and I can't stop looking at that intricate kitchen splash back that Reynolds designed! Read more about it here.

Check out that kitchen splash back designed by John Reynolds

Photographs by Patrick Reynolds via Home NZ
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Bridge House, Melbourne


This is the famous Bridge House, which was designed by architect, Robin Boyd (1919-1971) and it is located in Melbourne. It is a revered piece of Modernism architecture and it has been recently given a sympathetic update by architect, Stephen Jolson nearly 60 years after it was built. Dealing with the Robin Boyd Foundation and the council, Jolson must have felt the weight of responsibility during this renovation. As we can see from these photographs as featured in Vogue Living, the results are impressive. There is a lovely understated luxe and relaxed informality to the house, while the structure and other original details of the house have been exposed and celebrated. Read more about Boyd and the house here.

Photographs by Lisa Cohen via Vogue Living
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Jamie McLellan for FvF

While I was exploring through the online publication, FvF earlier this week, I found a few interviews by designers in New Zealand - its always great to see New Zealand making its mark on the global map!
One interview in particular was with successful furniture designer, Jamie McLellan and it features his work space, a converted boat shed, in Auckland. Read the interview (and see more photos of his cool dog, Walnut) to find out how his work space came about here.

Photographs via FvF.
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The FvF Apartment, Berlin

I have recently stumbled upon this online publication, Freunde von Freunden (FvF) - which is an international interview magazine that features a diverse range of creative people in their homes and working environments. It is a great read and introduces real people from different cultures, cities and artistic industries around the world.
Last year FvF collaborated with Swiss  furniture manufacturer, Vitra to set up The FvF Apartment. This is a similar set up to Studio Ilse's The Apartment in Copenhagen and the VitraHaus + Artek with Studio Ilse in Weil am Rhein - this time, the FvF apartment is located in Berlin and "is a physical expression of the online publication". The vibe is youthful, relaxed, multi-functional and stylish. "The apartment has been designed to be fully adaptable to the diverse and often unexpected scenarios of everyday life, reflecting how a creative, mobile and digitally orientated generation lives." This has also become a venue for events, workshops and presentations. Looks good to me.

Photographs via FvF.
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RIP Sir Ian Athfield

It was with sadness to hear this morning that renowned Wellington architect, Sir Ian Athfield  (affectionately known as 'Ath') has passed away. He was 74 and recently knighted in the New Years Honours for his work in architecture. Over the last 40 years his architecture firm, Athfield Architects has re-shaped Wellington and other parts of New Zealand. 
The Wellington City Library, the Civic Square development, Chews Lane and the recent redevelopment of the former Overseas Passenger Terminal, now called Clyde Quay, are just a few of the significant projects that have made their mark in Wellington.
My experience with Ath is sitting with him having lunches at his Khandallah home when I worked with his wife, interior designer Clare Athfield, not long after I graduated from design school. He was down to earth and entertaining. While being such an important figure in our industry, he never took himself seriously and always had a twinkle in his eye.
His controversial home and office in Khandallah, a white plastered, Mediterranean style village studded with turrets and circular windows was declared by Ath as one of his most important works. The building is also especially significant to me and my siblings as it was here at a party that my parents met each other and went on to get married three months later.
RIP Ath - a huge loss for New Zealand and the Wellington architectural community.




 Photographs via Athfield Architects.
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Loretta, Wellington

Congratulations to Wellington eatery, Loretta for being named Urbis Best Restaurant Interior 2014. Since Loretta opened in May last year, I have eaten there often and enjoy the space very much - I think it's something to do with all the lovely pale timber! It was also selected last year by Vogue as a place to visit in the capital city - what a couple of great recognitions!
The interior, like its food, is clean  and honest as well as relaxed and casual. The client, the successful team behind Floriditas, worked with Parsonson Architects (who conveniently have an office above the eatery) and were inspired by California's mid century architecture, specifically Schaffer House by John Lautner which appeared in the 2009 movie, A Single Man. They were also keen to focus on the natural and earthy pottery by Paul Melser, which is on display along the northern wall as well as the crockery the diners eat from. Read more about Loretta and the successful design process here.

Photographs by Jeff Brass.
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Welcome 2015

Walking at Red Rocks Nature Reserve, Wellington

Good morning and Happy New Year to you all! I hope this finds you in top form after Christmas & New Year celebrations - and that your break has been fun and relaxing as mine.
Welcome 2015 - it's great to have you here and I am looking forward to the exciting adventures that will follow.
Charlotte Minty Interior Design will be back in office on the 12th - for now I am enjoying the last few days of my break which has been full of blue skies, family and friends. See you soon!

Skipping stones in Napier

Attending a wedding at Tarureka Estate, Wairarapa

Visiting a private garden in the Wairarapa
All photos by Charlotte Minty.
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Colour and Pattern

It's always lovely to see a job completed and here are some details from a family home that was done today.
We had a great mix of colour and pattern coming together with the fabrics on the furniture, drapes, light shades and cushions in this family room beside the new kitchen. We also finished off the mainly white kitchen with these cool IMO Baker stools in black. Looking smart!

Photographs by Charlotte Minty.
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