Everything you could want right in your neighbourhood is probably at The Birdwood in Beckenham. Nestled in a convivial locality near the Port hills, this place is both laid-back and authentic
Unpretentiously industrial-vibed and operating from a previous shop corner, The Birdwood, or centre-for-superior-sustenance caters to both body and soul with its eatery for breakfast, brunch and lunch, and its pizzeria for slightly later in the day. Not too much later, mind.
Establishment owners, Sarah and Nick Freeman have designed this to be as youth-friendly as Italy itself. Therefore the pizzeria is open from 4pm, when all-age hunger seems to strike, right through till 10pm, and from 3pm from Friday to Sunday. And if a significant other just wants to pick up a gorgeous meal without eating out, there’s an extensive takeaway pizza menu, as well as Three Boys beers on tap for whiling away the short wait. Basically, this is the true Italian foodie experience, with healthy deliciousness in the form of sourdough created traditionally and hand-stretched on site, and then cooked in the huge pizza oven.
Coffee is also perfected here, with the sweet, nutty ‘Birdwood Blend’ used for white coffees and the ‘Triumphant Blend’ roasted for black, characterised by dark chocolate notes.
Ingredients are ideal. Gluten-free and vegan options abound. The pizza chefs are Italian. The décor includes comfortable, big-booth seating. The building lies gloriously to the sun, now with heated outdoor courtyards. Perfecto!
Located off the well-trodden path of most new hospitality ventures in Christchurch today, this recent winner of the ADNZ – Canterbury/Westland: Commercial Interior Design Award, The Birdwood is comfortably nestled into the heart of suburban Beckenham.
This re-purposed old building has two establishments consisting an eatery and a pizzeria. Both venues hinged around a central kitchen designed to service both facilities during their alternate times of trade – a requirement of their resource consent and project brief.
The ambience of the eatery is based around a light-drenched open space scattered with tables, providing a clean fresh, vibrant feel, while the pizzeria presents a darker more intimate space. Acoustic consideration in both venues delivers spaces which can cater for large groups while still maintaining a comfortable volume.
The most obvious design feature in both venues are the ash timber chairs and stools. Supple ochre leather was chosen for the cushions to give a punch of colour in the lighter eatery but still provide a warm natural tone in the darker pizzeria. Roma Imperiale Granite stone benchtops and local lime stone around the woodfired pizza oven add a lovely combination with the varied black and brown finishes throughout.
A prominent feature of the eatery is the bespoke Woodtex ceiling. These fine fibre strand acoustic panels are arranged at 45 degrees then set at varied widths to provide an acoustic absorption surface area greater than that below. This provides a visually dramatic acoustic solution to an unresolved problem in most busy cafés.
Louie and the team from Mckenzie Builders worked closely with Nic Curragh from Objects Ltd on the fit out and Dean Cowell from Three Sixty Architecture on the extensive remodelling of the original building.
Louie says the challenge in the job was dealing with the old building and all its flaws, trying to drag it into the 21st century by adding steel beams, opening up large spaces and trying to level out seven different floor heights while installing a three-tonne pizza oven imported from Italy, all under very tight timeframes.
McKenzie Builders loved the challenge and is extremely proud of the finished product. The company has just walked away with a gold medal in the Master Builders House of the Year competition, which Louie says was a great result and recognition for all of his team. Louie says most of his work comes through word of mouth which is a great testament to his business.
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Made in the Shade is a boutique filled with fabulous New Zealand and European labels that make dressing up in winter a pleasure.
From jazzy detailed cardigans and colourful capes, to slinky jerseys in possum and merino, it’s all about knitwear this season. Optimum Knitwear is what Made in the Shade is famous for and Ali has been taking calls from Tauranga to Timaru for this iconic brand. “You can choose a style from the rack, our catalogue, or online and we’ll order it in any colour or size. It will arrive in three or four weeks. Made of 100 percent of the softest, finest merino wool, there is absolutely no pilling.”
Ali has coordinated her clients’ wardrobes for more than three decades and Sharon has a skilful eye for styling. Now, Marian has joined the close-knit team after her 25-years’ experience at Untouched World, a premium brand in natural fabrics. “We’re are getting a lot of compliments about Marian’s service and expertise.”
Ali says winter is the time to invest in versatile outfits that take you from office to evening – from Anne Mardell and Bittermoon’s spectacularly designed dresses, through to gorgeous Italian-linen pieces. The perfect fit of NYDJ and Lisette-L pants team exquisitely with gorgeous winter tops and jackets.
A 70 percent sale of head-turning summer outfits is still going strong – for those running away to warmer climes.
Made in the Shade has easy parking and is easy to find at 151a Colombo Street, Beckenham. Opening hours are Monday-Friday 9am-5.30pm and Saturdays 10am-4pm or visit madeintheshade.co.nz.
Made in the Shade is a boutique brimming with a colour wheel of flattering fashion – in natural, breathable, fabrics.
“This season’s Optimum Knitwear has arrived and includes the ‘coffee-bean top’ with contrasting cuffs and collar,” owner Ali Donn says. “Clients often say ‘I love that style but would like perhaps a different colour’ so we order it for them. They can browse their website or our Optimum lookbook.”
“It’s all good fashion fodder here – with a twist,” she says. “Pretty prints, bling cardigans – so cute and different. There are lots of blues, textures, twin sets and stripes, and scarves to match. We can help you choose and organise your entire winter wardrobe from go to whoa. And we advise clients when their favourite collections arrive!”
From Canada, there is the Gabby Isabella collection, with feminine detailing from lace-embellished jerseys to floral quilted jackets, and also the lovely Lissette-L pants. NYDJ jeans’ winter range has landed, and timeless New Zealand-made Anne Mardell dresses and tops come in adorable patterns in sizes 8 to 18.
When Ali was a youngster, her favourite saying was “I’m made in the shade” – meaning I’m cool, home ‘n’ hosed. And that’s how she likes her clients to feel – relaxed and comfortable. “I buy in what’s easy to wear, and what fits and hangs beautifully. You just put it on and feel great.”
Made in the Shade, 151a Colombo Street, Beckenham, open Monday-Friday 9am-5.30pm and Saturdays 10am-4pm or visit madeintheshade.co.nz.