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Cityscape Fashion
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  It was during the creation of his fiancé’s engagement ring that Christchurch lad living in London Dan Joines was bewitched by the dazzling glamour and romance of creating fierce diamond jewellery.“I loved the whole process,” he says from his killer jewellery boutique Polished Diamonds, perfectly placed along the pastel-coloured parade of 1930s Spanish Mission-style cool of New Regent Street.“The idea of creating something unique and selecting the stones and designing the piece makes it all the more special. I thought, how can I bring some of the romance to what is a typically a boring practice – looking at cookie-cut engagement rings under a glass counter – which should be exciting?”Trading in a corporate finance gig, Dan returned home to start up what is now, arguably, one of the country’s leading creators of bespoke, custom jewellery perfected.By utilising computer-aided design and 3D printing, each of his custom-made pieces are...
Cityscape Our Christchurch
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How did we go this long with a column called The Iconic without featuring the country’s Arch-Wizard? Move over, Gandalf; the Wizard who’s really most indelibly associated with New Zealand is undeniably a Christchurch icon – as much an integral part of the fabric of the city as Hagley Park and asking people what school they went to. The magic man who’s been classified repeatedly as a ‘living work of art’ has been a feature of the central city since 1974 with his entertaining, lively and outrageous public speaking, efficacious spell-casting, officiating, battles with bureaucracy and soulless corporations, Imperial-Army-marshalling, philosophising and heritage advocacy. That he nearly decamped permanently to Oamaru post-quakes would have been a loss nearly as grievous as that of any historic building, and it does the heart good that you can still spot him up to his mysterious, wizardly business during lunchtimes in New Regent Street, or...
Cityscape Eating @
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Overlooking New Regent Street, Twenty Seven Steps, the new restaurant from co-owners Emma Mettrick and Chef Paul Howells (formerly of Little Bistro in Akaroa), is a reflection of what the proprietors personally love and how they like to dine. Head into the historic central city street and up the stairs to the simply-styled restaurant, and you’ll find a cosy and intimate space where food isn't frilly or over styled – don’t come looking for foams, smears or tweezer-placed adornments!   Theirs is a simple three-course approach and everything is made in-house or name checked, sourced from the best Emma and Paul can track down – independent, free range, ethical and organic suppliers are used whenever possible and the result is plenty of bold, robust and gutsy flavours. Standout dishes in the early running are the aged Canterbury beef fillet, with bone marrow crust, duck fat fondant potato, winter greens, horseradish...
Cityscape Coffee @
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Rumour has it that a pocket of space-time instability has created a new trans-temporal café and emporium in our fair city, bringing together wondrous inventions from an alternate Steam-powered Victorian future (as well as tapping into the creative spark of post-earthquake Christchurch). Central to the café is a steaming, clunking contraption. Combining the wonders of Steam, mechanical clockwork ingenuity and the electrical wonders pioneered by the great Nicolai Tesla himself, this fantastic device converts humble, ground beans into a potent, aromatic elixir which inspires creativity, banishes lethargy and energises the very vigour of one’s being (here in our timeline, we call it coffee). Trophies brought back from a different time by the proprietors line the premises. A variety of market goods sourced along the length and breadth of the space-time continuum are available for your browsing pleasures and purchase in the Emporium, including items of the highest fashion for men and ladies alike,...