Ed­i­tor’s letter

HOME Magazine NZ - - Editor’s Letter - —Si­mon Far­rell-Green

There are many lovely things about what my son Ira calls “our NEW house”. Three bed­rooms instead of one; two fab­u­lous new decks with places to perch; a material pal­ette that runs to weath­er­boards, fi­bre-ce­ment and cedar. In short: it’s even bet­ter than we thought it would be. Now I just have to fin­ish paint­ing the bloody thing so we can move back in. One of the big­ger changes, though, is some­thing we never ex­pected. Wall space. After years of jug­gling our (very mod­est) collection to fit a house that had few walls and lots of win­dows and slightly too much light, we sud­denly have space to hang art, in­clud­ing a cou­ple of lovely shad­owy spots for works on pa­per. Mean­while, the HOME team has been busy mak­ing our an­nual art is­sue. To start, there’s a new house at Muri­wai by Lance and Ni­cola Herbst with a collection of New Zealand art that dates back to the 1970s and in­cludes artists as di­verse as Pat Hanly and An­drew Bar­ber. At Point Wells, we fea­ture a mod­ern farm­house designed around Alan Mad­dox paint­ings and fer­til­ity sym­bols. In Con­necti­cut, con­tem­po­rary New Zealand art sits beautifully in a 1970s lake house. In a de­light­ful dou­ble fea­ture, pho­tog­ra­phers and old friends Si­mon De­vitt and Derek Henderson doc­u­ment each other’s homes, in Auck­land and Syd­ney. Then, there’s our cover: gal­lerist Sarah Hop­kin­son’s loft in a com­mer­cial build­ing in Grey Lynn, Auck­land, which is home to an ever-chang­ing show of chal­leng­ing art. Stand­ing in Hop­kin­son’s apart­ment while shoot­ing our cover – she had re­cently changed out ‘Klaus Kin­sky’ (2006) by Tahi Moore for ‘Bug­ging Out’ (2016) by Milli Jan­nides – I paused. There’s some­thing in­cred­i­bly ap­peal­ing about chang­ing the art up fre­quently, de­pend­ing on the light or the season. We have the walls to do it: now we just need the art.

Top left A work in the hall­way of cu­ra­tor Emma Bug­den’s home in Whanganui (p.51). Above left Sarah Hop­kin­son’s ev­er­chang­ing Auck­land loft fea­tures chal­leng­ing art and house­plants (p.96). Top right Art and nikau meet in a crisp house at Muri­wai by Lance and Ni­cola Herbst (p.72). Above right A guest bed­room in a mod­ern farm­house designed around the col­lec­tions of a life­time (p.84).

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