Style Sa­fari

Christchurch de­sign day

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It might have been the un­sea­son­ably warm weather, or the wel­come sight of cherry blos­soms in Ha­gley Park, but HOME’s re­cent Style Sa­fari in Christchurch had some­thing of a fes­tive air. With a punchy for­mat, the event ran over a Fri­day af­ter­noon, al­low­ing plenty of time with some of HOME’s favourite de­sign ex­perts.

We started the day with morn­ing tea and cof­fee at BoCon­cept, where Dan Walsh ran through the his­tory of the com­pany (which turns 65 this year) and showed off new re­leases in­clud­ing the ‘Ade­laide’ chair. Trends this year: felt and vel­vet in shades of blue and navy are mak­ing an ap­pear­ance in soft fur­nish­ings, while ma­te­ri­als such as ce­ramic are mak­ing their way on to fur­ni­ture, as seen with the ‘Mi­lano’ din­ing table.

From BoCon­cept, it was a short drive to the Christchurch pop-up of Auck­land designers IMO. In a lovely room of a former ware­house above Supreme Supreme cafe, we checked out the brand’s ‘Kase’ shelv­ing sys­tem – on show in matte black – and chat­ted to IMO staff one-to-one about the sys­tem. Pro­duced here in New Zealand, it ex­tends into kitchens and can be used in a range of res­i­den­tial and com­mer­cial set­tings: it’s hard wear­ing and bloody good look­ing, too.

After­wards, we dropped by the long-es­tab­lished Belle In­te­ri­ors. (ECC, due to un­fore­seen cir­cum­stances, was un­able to join us this year.) Here, owner Colin Foggo told us about three decades of business, and ex­plained why his so­fas – all of which are metic­u­lously made to or­der in his Christchurch fac­tory – have stood the test of time. (We were par­tic­u­larly taken with the ‘Cherry’ sofa in pa­prika vel­vet.)

Last stop: Matisse for wine, cheese and a chat, as the inim­itable Caro­line Mon­tague showed us through new prod­ucts – in­clud­ing the mag­nif­i­cent ‘Ri­made­sio’ slid­ing-door sys­tem (which looks very nice in­deed with a kitchen by Ar­clinea), a fresh di­rec­tion for the classic ‘Aeron’ chair and the new ‘552 Floe Insel’ sofa by Pa­tri­cia Urquiola for Cassina. All in all, a fit­ting way to end Style Sa­fari’s 2017 pro­gramme.

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