De­sign note­book

Q&A with Cathy Shyer

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You’ve owned the house for 18 years, what has it re­vealed to you over that time?

The de­sign is sim­ple and that’s its bril­liance. The light and open­ness is breath­tak­ing.

Are there other de­signs by the ar­chi­tect Peter Bohlin that you ad­mire?

The Fifth Av­enue Ap­ple store is iconic, of course. I have also been for­tu­nate enough to see two other homes he designed, both of which high­light his ta­lent for de­sign­ing for a spe­cific site.

What’s your favourite as­pect of the house?

It would have to be the large win­dows in the main liv­ing ar­eas that face the lake and greet you when you walk in. Be­ing able to wake up with such an amaz­ing view is won­der­ful. And hav­ing a dou­ble car garage at­tached di­rectly to the house is a se­cret gift in this cli­mate.

For house vis­i­tors not versed in New Zealand art, what are their re­ac­tions to the var­i­ous pieces?

The se­cu­rity guard that stands at the front en­trance blows vis­i­tors away. It has been some­what off-putting for a few vis­i­tors com­ing to the front door for the first time, be­cause of how life-like it is. The other piece that at­tracts at­ten­tion is the Pule that hangs in the din­ing room. Vis­i­tors are drawn in by the in­cred­i­ble de­tail and sto­ry­telling of the paint­ing.

You wake up to the Hotere piece. What draws you to it?

The colour scheme, the strik­ing white-on-black can­vas and, of course, the his­toric Aramoana smelter protest that in­spired the paint­ing.

1. En­try 2. Garage 3. Court­yard 4. Kitchen 5. Break­fast room 6. Bath­room 7. Closet 8. Bed­room 9. Din­ing 10. Cov­ered deck 11. Liv­ing 12. Store 13. Mu­sic The house as it was designed in the 1970s by Peter Bohlin.

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