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Innovative inside and out: Blum

A new Christchurch showroom is not just displaying internationally recognised kitchen interior design – its architecturally-designed building is noteworthy too.



Blum has opened its innovative new South Island showroom, office, trade training, warehouse and distribution hub in Wigram, designed by Warren & Mahoney Architects.

The kitchen hardware specialists’ architectural property is purpose built, focusing on sustainability, wellness and employee wellbeing, says Warren & Mahoney Architects Christchurch Senior Associate, Simon Laurie.

This meant incorporating natural light, outdoor time out areas, acoustic design for comfortable noise levels, and materials to complement the natural local environment.

“Architecturally, the design expresses a streamlined, finely tuned and engineered outcome closely aligned with the precision of products the building will deliver,” he says.

A pitched frontage design was used to break up the scale of the warehouse for a more urban appearance.

“The showroom is a splendid double height light filled space that visually connects with the outside and features a cantilevered stair clad in blue steel.”

The key features are geothermal heating, natural ventilation systems, solar thermal for hot water generation, water recycling system and charging station for electric cars.

Blum New Zealand Managing Director Michael Hawkins says the design aligns with Blum’s own business philosophies.

“The architectural design matches our heirloom, but we also want to be relevant in the current business climate, supporting local businesses by hosting events, industry meetings, seminars and training workshops for architects, designers and cabinet makers.”

Inside, the showroom presents moving ideas and concepts for innovative kitchen and cabinetry solutions, allowing customers to experience a full-scale kitchen test drive.

The Austrian manufacturer wants to show its South Island customers how creative interior design can be when implemented with high-quality fittings in kitchens, bathrooms and living areas of all sizes.

Visit the Blum showroom at 16 Avenger Crescent, Wigram.


An eye for Detail: Detail by Davinia Sutton

Davinia Sutton of Detail by Davinia Sutton was informed she had been recognised in the prestigious Trends International Designer Awards (TIDA) during lockdown.


The awards were judged online, and Davinia was up against competition from Europe, Singapore, Malaysia, North America and Australia.

Davinia’s runner-up kitchen (left) was designed for a new build family home. Strong structural forms respect and complement the architectural context, resulting in a design that incorporates the use of colour, light and texture to enhance the space and modern form.

Her highly commended kitchen (right) was for a home on Leinster Road, and adds a strikingly contemporary touch to a classic monochrome palette, preserving the special character of a traditional home with a modern spin.

“Our work is bespoke; it’s not something pulled together overnight,” Davinia says. “Success comes from a strong collaboration – with our tradespeople, who are willing to go on a design journey with us, and with our clients, who put their trust in what we do and are prepared to push boundaries. It’s very humbling to get these results on the world stage.”




110 Office Road, Christchurch, (03) 356 2722 or 021 612 425,


Change makers: Dream Doors

It’s no secret our collective attention has turned to the home this unforgettable year – so if change is on your mind, why not enquire about starting the new year with a new kitchen? Adrian Kay from Dream Doors Kitchens says renovating or refreshing the heart of the home has never been more popular.



“We’re busier than ever,” he says. “The window to get something done before Christmas has closed, so we’re now looking at how we can help people for the New Year.”

With international holidays off the cards, and many people hesitant to commit to domestic sojourns in case of a sudden Alert Level change – it’s an opportune time to make those long awaited (or newly noticed) changes.

Adrian says the kitchen is a special place in the home, from cooking and sharing meals, it’s a place to gather and socialise with family and friends.

“These spaces take on an even more special meaning in summer as we embrace entertaining in the warmer weather – we all certainly deserve to share a few beers and barbecues with loved ones,” he says.

Dream Doors provides a complete package for both a facelift or a bespoke kitchen design. Customers are guided through each stage of the process from concept to installation, with all elements and subtrades managed as part of the project.

For more information have a browse of the website or call (03) 338 1081.


Mastering joinery: Murray Hewitt Joinery

Custom floating bedside tables, a beautiful oak dresser and a reworked oak bed are just some of the standout joinery created by Murray Hewitt Joinery for a recent project. Known for beautiful and concise kitchens, Murray Hewitt Joinery has showcased its versatility with a full fit out for a new home at Redmund Spur.

In-house designer Donna Weir says it was the little things which transformed the owners’ plans and brief into a cohesive and inspired design showcase.

The clients, who own a tile company, wanted joinery which complimented light wood-look tiling throughout – so Donna and the Murray Hewitt team chose dark oak finishes to compliment.

Custom joinery completed for the home included the entire kitchen, scullery, office, hallway, laundry, powder room, bathrooms, wardrobes, master bed, bedside tables, and dresser.

“Seeing the little things come together made the job special,” says Donna. “The clients had lots of pieces in storage, like an old oak bed that we sanded down and had stained to match the bedside tables we made, and upholstered the headboard. Seeing that come back to life from something which wasn’t a favourite piece to something they love now was special.”

“Overall, the home is simplistic and stylish. It is beautifully interconnected and had beautiful views over Christchurch. Being able to do a full home fit out means we can also help add to the overall feel of a home – and this had definitely been achieved here.”

Contact Murray Hewitt Joinery on (03) 343 0360 or via


Fresh choices: Kouzina

Kouzina has a curated collection of the best international appliances for your kitchen and laundry. Freshen up your space with these options for laundry care, dishwashing, cooking and baking, refrigeration and more.


Miele Washing Machine and Heat Pump Tumble Dryer make for a great pairing in any laundry – a true love story. TwinDos means automatic detergent dispensing and PowerWash results in a full load of laundry being cleaned in just 49 minutes.









Purchase a Fully Integrated Dishwasher by Miele (below) to save up to 40 percent more electricity. Choose convenience with a cutlery tray and height-adjustable upper basket. This appliance has a 5 star WELS efficiency rating.









The Miele Vitroline Obsidian Black Oven has pyrolytic cleaning and cooking capacity on five levels and features a rapid heat up time which is a dream to use.







The Liebherr Side by Side Black Steel Fridge Freezer (below) is the coolest refrigeration option this season. Also shown (left of fridge) is the Liebherr Integrated 910 wide Fridge with Freezer drawers




Kouzina Christchurch, 148 Victoria Street. Phone (03) 365 8338 Showroom open Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm, Saturday 9am to 2pm. Kouzina Queenstown, Shop 12, The Landing, 5 Hawthorne Drive. Phone 03 428 2731,


Magic in the kitchen: MF Turnbull

While there are cracks appearing in our celebrated kiwi lifestyle of late, there needn’t be in your kitchen joinery. Local heroes MF Turnbull are again working their magic to return your surfaces to a brand-new finish, bringing you a great deal of pleasure and saving waste to landfill.



Co-owner Monique Turnbull explains, “For around the last 15 years, some kitchen joinery has been created using a plastic wrap finish, which owners sometimes assumed was a paint finish.

“People are finding that the plastic wrap is cracking – lifting from the base and breaking away. The great news is that we have a technique to remove the plastic and put a completely new surface on the base which is generally still in perfect condition.”

Monique says they are resurfacing a kitchen a week at the moment.

If this is happening in your kitchen and you’d like to put it right, the process is simple. A quick call to MF Turnbull will see Steve come out and have a look and provide you with a quote.

If you prefer, you can simply email in some photos and receive an estimate before you consider a quote.

“We are seeing this effect at all kitchen joinery price points, and you’ll usually see it go at the edges first or inside the panel on panelled doors,” says Monique.

“You might see it in just two or three areas to start with. Some people choose to get a colour match in just those areas, but as the rest of it eventually goes most opt to get all of the joinery resurfaced with a two-pack urethane paint finish.”

Refreshing and renewing your home doesn’t end at the kitchen. Rejuvenate bedroom and dining furniture, doors, wardrobe doors and more by spray painting.

MF Turnbull can also do French polishing of antiques, and the modern equivalent – staining and clears in polyurethane.

“I really like the idea that it’s an environmentally friendly way to refresh your house, our approach means reuse of the kitchen or piece of furniture, rather than throwing it out and buying new,” says Monique.

“A client will bring in an unusual piece, it might have lovely proportions and be beautifully made but the appearance no longer suits.

“Refinished in a bright colour it can be a real showstopper, or it could go out the door and start a whole new life with a shabby chic-style distressed finish.”

Working with interior designers on a special or much-loved piece that needs to fit a new scheme is a speciality. Upholstered items with timber parts can be resurfaced before being taken to the client’s upholsterer for recovering.

Unusual items which pose a challenge are especially welcome – as the team at MF Turnbull thrive on turning visions into reality.

Such visions are achieved through consultation with clients, and showcasing samples and all the options available.


New in town: Kouzina Appliances

At Kouzina you will find the best international appliances for your kitchen and laundry, including everything from innovative refrigeration, steam ovens and wine conditioners to washing machines and dryers.

View the range at the stunning new 300sqm showroom on Christchurch’s Victoria Street. The latest addition to the nationwide retailer, which started in Auckland and then Queenstown in 2004. The Kouzina Showroom is an inviting, collaborative space designed to inspire you throughout your project.


BORA Pure cooktop and extractor, available in six colours.


Gaggenau Large 76cm oven in stainless steel.


Liebherr Monolith Integrated Refrigerator, Freezer and Wine Conditioner shown with stainless steel panels.


Miele Handleless ArtLine Oven in Graphite Grey.


Miele Washing Machine and Dryer with TwinDos auto detergent dispensing.


Qasair Albany Rangehood, custom options available.


SubZero Built-in 914w Fridge over Freezer in classic stainless steel.


Wolf 914w Dual Fuel Cooker.


Zenith HydroTap Cube in matte black. Chilled, Boiling and Sparkling filtered water options.


With quality international brands including Miele, Gaggenau, Bora, Qasair, Liebherr, SubZero, Wolf, plus others, the Kouzina teams have years of expertise and knowledge to help you find the perfect appliance solution for your home and lifestyle. Kouzina looks forward to welcoming you to the new showroom.

Kouzina Christchurch, 148 Victoria Street. Phone (03) 365 8338 Showroom open Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm, Saturday 9am to 2pm. Kouzina Queenstown, Shop 12, The Landing, 5 Hawthorne Drive. Phone 03 428 2731


Thyme to plant

We can all benefit from a little more “thyme” in the garden. So we’ve pulled together our top tips for thyme; a kitchen staple that’s easy to grow, low maintenance, and adds a serious touch of taste to stuffings, slow-cooked meals, soups, sauces, pesto and herb breads.



Ahardy, drought-tolerant herb which can be planted in gardens or pots, thyme comes in a number of varieties, the classic being Thymus vulgaris, with its full, rich flavour making it the popular choice for casseroles and roasts.

Growing thyme from seed can take work, so it’s best to go with seedlings planted in free-draining soil or gravel in spring or autumn.

The popular perennial does best in well-drained soil in full sun, thriving with some protection from cold winds and wet winters.

It loves a good trim post-flowering to encourage new growth, and to help your plants last. Once established, thyme won’t need watering and it’s winter hardy, so you can pick leaves year round.

Use thyme fresh, dried or preserved in butter, vinegar or oil.

Pro tip: it can be used to make cough medicine, a hair rinse or a skin cleanser!


Bespoke and inspired kitchens: Trends Kitchens

Trends Kitchens has long established itself in New Zealand as a trusted brand with a stellar portfolio, sealed with a gold stamp of approval from thousands of Kiwi homeowners who have had a bespoke kitchen and joinery designed, manufactured and installed by Trends.



The individually New Zealand-owned and operated company has been leading the way for nearly 25-years, drawing on its experience in the field to provide expertise in kitchen and joinery design, manufacture and installation across our branch network.

Chosen by design-savvy homeowners, architects and builders who want more than just a kitchen, Trends delivers only the highest standard of product and service.

The company sources a mixture of trusted local and exclusive high-quality products from Europe to bring homeowners the most innovative products at an affordable rate.

The product range is a result of well-considered decisions, and above all shows the team’s devotion to quality.

TriStone 100 per cent acrylic solid- surface, silica-free, BPA-free benchtops, Lazio sinks, AGT doors and panels are just some of the options available as well as finer details such as hardware and fittings.

Many of the products have 10-year or lifetime warranties and Trends’ own workmanship is guaranteed for 10 years.

All cabinetry is custom-made to fit exact measurements so homeowners have a design tailored to their exact requirements, further strengthening the company’s brand worth.

Whether you’re looking to create strong forms or a no-nonsense kitchen, Trends will ensure homeowners have confidence in their decision-making and are kept in the loop throughout the entire design process.

Combine expertise, craftsmanship and top-of-the-line products and you have highly functional kitchen and joinery solutions for modern families who seek beautiful workmanship and attention to detail.

Trends is the perfect place to find inspiration and talk with experienced and knowledgeable designers who will offer expert advice.

View the range of high-quality products on display at showrooms located nationwide, Christchurch, Cromwell, Blenheim, Nelson and Auckland.

If you’re building from the ground up or updating for modern family life, visit Trends for all of your joinery needs. From design and manufacture through to installation – you will be inspired every step of the way.



Kitchens of envy: Oakleigh Fine Furniture

“Working with clients to help them realise their concept for a kitchen is extremely satisfying and rewarding.”



Richard Hutt of Oakleigh Fine Furniture has always been passionate about solid timber and creating fine furniture.

Some years ago he diversified into making kitchens using the full range of materials from timber to laminates, melamine, stone and painted finishes.

“People like working with us because we are a small firm and can give them that individual point of difference. We really listen to clients’ ideas, take them on board and turn them into reality.”

A Kristen Reid-designed kitchen, completed only a few weeks ago in a new home, is one of which Richard is especially proud.

“It’s a large kitchen, including a scullery and an island wide enough to accommodate several people dining – a true entertainers’ kitchen. The client was great to work with as she had a clear vision. It was up to Kristen Reid and us to make that vision into a practical and workable, yet attractive space.”

The kitchen is indeed stunning. It has a classic palette of charcoal, light grey, off white and chrome.

There is an industrial flavour with the huge metal pendants over the island.

The grey concrete-like engineered stone of the bench tops and the brick work of the splashback and range hood further contribute to this style.

Storage and food preparation space is abundant and the appliances are state of the art.

“It was a joy to see our client’s face when everything was finished.”