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Cityscape Home & Garden
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Taking kitchen heat to all-new levels, designer European elegance and astute functionality are the hallmarks of Christchurch’s Palazzo Kitchens & Appliances, where covetous kitchens of the sort profiled in glossy high-end lifestyle magazines are created.Destination shopping at its finest, the Victoria Street showroom/kitchen Mecca is resplendent with 7 stunning kitchen fit-outs that span the latest in slick, sleek, clean lines and bright colours (think bright yellows, rich reds and classy blacks) through to natural finishes and more rustic offerings.Seamlessly teaming German-made designer efficiency from kitchen-making juggernauts Nobilia and Rational with Kiwi design and state-of-the-art European appliances (cue Progress, Blanco, Ilve, Genesi, Scholtes, Asko, Delonghi, Liebherr and Trieste), Palazzo Kitchens extend and create new living spaces in the home where function and comfort reign supreme.Meeting with one of the Palazzo team’s senior designers, it’s hard not to get caught up in their enthusiasm as they bring your dream kitchen to life...
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Cityscape catches up with CoLab Architecture’s Blair Paterson and Tobin Smith on the latest in passive heating and cooling designs. We Kiwis are naturally outdoorsy people. We love to spend our days sitting in the sun, socialising outdoors and impressing friends with our BBQ skills. Unlike our Aussie neighbours, we seldom reach for the air-con remote to cool our houses, instead opening windows and doors to create a cross breeze. However, our climate – particularly here in the South – doesn’t always cooperate. Warm days are often compromised by gusty winds attacking us from all directions. There are a number of simple fundamental principles that we consider when designing a new house to not only aid in functionality, but also comfort and energy efficiency. Designing for the sun is imperative. Orientating the house and positioning glazing towards the north and west helps capture heat throughout the day that, when paired with...
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Palazzo Kitchens & Appliances kitchen designer Emily Erickson shares why black is so hot right now. After a decade of white dominating the world of kitchen design, another timeless colour is making a comeback – black. Renowned for being sophisticated and sexy, black has emerged as a hot kitchen trend stronger than ever this season.From statement pieces to subtle hints, you are able to create that timeless combination with an über chic look. While I understand the reason for black kitchens being avoided in the past  – being notoriously known to mark and show smudges – the kitchen market has finally pushed aside all the myths regarding this finish. Gone are the days of impossible-to-clean black cabinets! Although the combination of black and white continues to be strong together – for example, as a mix between the lower cabinets and upper cabinets – there are also other ways to bring black...
Cityscape The Scoop
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Cityscape caught up with former Christchurch lad and renowned Nonn designer Cameron Foggo during a recent trip home.What brings you back to Christchurch? I’m here working on some exciting furniture prototypes. Although I have been based in Australia, where most of my furniture is now sold, I’m still loyal to my manufacturers in Christchurch who continue to make the vast majority of my products. It’s sometimes difficult having to ship product across the Tasman to a tight timetable; however, you really can’t beat the craftsmanship of Canterbury manufacturers. Nor can you beat the ease of dealing with manufacturers who you’ve been working with for two decades.How’s Christchurch looking? Every time I return home to Christchurch I really analyse what has changed. I think it’s now starting to get exciting to see the progress, the growth and people on the street generally being more upbeat. I appreciate that it’s still very hard...
Cityscape Lifestyle
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Cityscape catches up with Theophany Loudspeakers dream weaver Garth Murray, the Christchurch man who, in the face of adversity, literally followed his dreams to create some of the country’s best speakers. What’s the Theophany Loudspeakers story? In 2002 I had a brain injury which left my memory affected. I struggled with a lot of normal day to day tasks and was sleeping a lot more than normal. When this was discovered by the doctor who was responsible for my medical assessments as an air traffic controller, I was told that I could never be an Air Traffic Controller again. I tried other things but because of the effects of the brain injury I failed constantly. Then I had a series of three dreams. In the first one I saw a rather unusual speaker that I built with the help of my two eldest sons Josiah and Isaac. In the next two...