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Timelessly Tactile


Natural materials are moving to the forefront of our interior styling as environmental impact begins to dictate many of our purchase choices. Wood: it’s earthy, rustic, homely, timelessly elegant and sustainable… what’s not to love?

 

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New home décor trends are constantly emerging, tempting us with their new appeal. But there’s one material that never goes out of style, that’s versatile and that transcends the trends and seasons with its timelessness.

 

JAMES LANE

This tactile material is none other than natural wood. Weathered or polished, natural wood brings the outdoors in. Wooden highlights can carry through the house from the bathroom to the bedroom; turn any lacklustre room into a cosy haven with simple wood accents.

 

MOCKA

Swapping out shades of wood makes a simple seasonal change no matter the style. Dark woods bring a wintry depth, while lighter, chestnut-coloured woods channel an organic autumnal warmth.

 

OZ DESIGN FURNITURE

Summer is just around the corner, so now’s the ideal time to update your space with pale-coloured wood accents – think side and coffee tables, lamps, chairs, shelves, chests, baskets, mirrors (the list goes on!) – complemented by greenery and other natural textures such as neutral woollen throws, shaggy rugs and wicker accessories.

 

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Browse our moodboard for inspiration.

 

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Where the wild things are


We modern-day humans have long harboured a fascination for all things tribal and, thanks to children’s books and Hollywood, our collective imaginations have run riot on the subject.

 

LINEN HOUSE

 

Think of Tarzan swinging across the jungle; the dashing daredevil Lawrence of Arabia striding desert sands; Hepburn and Bogart pitted against the mighty Ulanga River aboard The African Queen and, for pure tribal embracement, nobody did it better than Eartha Kitt, famous for punctuating her songs with cat-like growls while slithering over sofas clad in figure-hugging animal prints.

In fact, the very word ‘tribal’ immediately conjures thoughts of perfumes, spices, exotic places, and err… seductive faces.

 

RAJA HOMEWARES

Tribal art is often ceremonial or religious in nature and has a global reach across Africa, the Americas, the Middle East, Asia and Oceania, which encompasses Melanesia, Polynesia, Australia and New Zealand.

Many artists have been inspired by tribal arts; Pablo Picasso once stated that “primitive sculpture has never been surpassed”.

When it comes to home décor, tribal design and artware has long reigned supreme with its strong patterns and natural elements. In the latter part of the 20th century, tribal interiors tended towards the warm tones, but in the 21st century we’re trending towards the cool monochrome of black and white.

 

OZ DESIGN FURNITURE

At first glance it may appear as a Scandinavian take on tribal, but with an imposing ethnic artwork in dominant position and a few large handcrafted vessels strategically placed, the look is much bolder than the gentle Scandi interior.

To really ramp up the tribal, think enormous basket-weave lightshades, low-level wooden coffee tables, and for eye-catching wall-art, horned animal skulls, feathered arrows, shields and spears, or a magnificent kilim of mural-sized proportion.

For a final flourish of monochrome tribal, whitewashed floors and walls contrasted with dark doors, louvres, storage shelves and screens deliver the ultimate in tribal chic.

 

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Naked Architecture


Choice – that’s what we need; a way in which each of us can individually live happily in our increasingly complex world.

 

 

 

Now, more than ever, people really do want greater choice around how they live in the urban environment. And internationally, a growing array of solutions are emerging to answer that urgent need. We are diverse, our needs differ and the days of the one-stop solution are long gone. In architecture, a new trend is allowing buyers individual choice even within the walls of one block.

‘Naked Architecture’ offers its end users the exciting ability to buy ‘shell space’ with no pre-imposed layout, giving them the opportunity to think about their own individual requirements within the space. The shell can then be fitted out to suit any individual’s needs and budget. In an inspired move towards individual choice, buyers can now tailor-make their own solutions and configure their own designs, with the assistance of the resident architect.

This innovative new architecture means that no two units need be the same, and each unit can work with the light and boundaries of its individual space – the possibilities are as varied as the buyers.

In a city such as Christchurch, which has already embraced massive change after the earthquakes, the opportunity to create anew has caused many of us to re-think our needs. ‘Naked Architecture’ embraces the need for individual choice – a chance to make personal decisions about personal space, and an opportunity to live more comfortably in our urban environment. Everybody benefits, happiness spreads – and Christchurch becomes an increasingly interesting and diverse city.