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Tom Mor­ris

For this is­sue, the au­thor and for­mer de­sign edi­tor of Mon­o­cle magazine vis­ited an apart­ment on the river Thames, where Kiwi ar­chi­tect Giles Reid has worked his magic (p.104). What did you like most about vis­it­ing the Lon­don apart­ment? The po­si­tion was in­cred­i­ble, right on the bend of the river look­ing east and west to quaint bridges in ei­ther di­rec­tion. The at­ten­tion to de­tail in the home was also quite spec­tac­u­lar, es­pe­cially with the Ja­panese touches. Tell us about your book New Wave Clay: Ce­ramic De­sign, Art and Ar­chi­tec­ture. It looks at a fresh gen­er­a­tion that's rein­vig­o­rat­ing an age-old art. Fo­cussing mainly on the de­sign world, it's a global sur­vey of some of the most in­ter­est­ing things be­ing done with ce­ram­ics at the mo­ment – fur­ni­ture, dec­o­ra­tive arts, ves­sels, mu­rals, 3D print­ing etc. There has been a huge craft re­vival in re­cent years – New Wave Clay tries to make sense of it, es­tab­lish best prac­tice and work out where it will go next. You re­cently at­tended Salone del Mo­bile in Mi­lan, Italy – what caught your eye at the fair this year? The re-open­ing of the 1940s master­piece Villa Bor­sani was a high­light. This was with­out doubt a per­fect house, but I most en­joyed how it had been brought to life for the week by the magical yet sim­ple touches of stylist Katie Lock­hart and florist So­phie Wolan­ski. You re­ally sensed their ab­so­lute thrill at be­ing let loose on the place. Other­wise, in terms of trends, the max­i­mal­ist aes­thetic still reigns. As some­thing of a purist, I am hop­ing that will blow over soon. So when are go­ing to visit New Zealand? Im­mi­nently, I hope! I was last there when I was on staff at Mon­o­cle magazine for a press trip seven or eight years ago and have been dream­ing of get­ting back ever since.

Jes­sica-Belle Greer

HOME’s staff writer ex­plored the fas­ci­nat­ing past of a land­mark villa on Devon­port’s North Head for our cover story on a clever ren­o­va­tion by An­drew Meir­ing (p.60). What’s your ear­li­est ar­chi­tec­tural mem­ory? I was very young, vis­it­ing the con­struc­tion site of what was soon to be my own fam­ily's home, de­signed by ar­chi­tect and friend Ken Crosson. I re­mem­ber climb­ing the in­te­rior wall frames and try­ing to imag­ine what the home would look like. I think it's re­ally unique that ar­chi­tects can cre­ate places that come to hold such spe­cial mem­o­ries. Tell us a bit about vis­it­ing the Devon­port ren­o­va­tion by An­drew Meir­ing. It's not of­ten that I cover a villa ren­o­va­tion that is so bold and up­front. I loved ex­plor­ing the his­tory of the home while see­ing new sto­ries un­fold­ing in the form of a con­tem­po­rary ex­ten­sion made for mod­ern fam­ily life. You also in­ter­viewed the peo­ple be­hind the new Kow­tow store in Welling­ton? I re­ally re­spect Kow­tow as a brand for paving the way for eth­i­cal busi­ness, not just in New Zealand but in­ter­na­tion­ally. I knew sus­tain­able de­sign would form the ba­sis of their store brief but to see it trans­lated so smoothly and in a way that's so unique to their aes­thetic is in­spir­ing. You’ve writ­ten a lot about fash­ion – are there par­al­lels with ar­chi­tec­ture and de­sign? De­spite their ob­vi­ous dif­fer­ences, I think ar­chi­tec­ture and fash­ion are sim­i­lar in that there's a lot more to the de­signs than hav­ing a roof over your head or coat to keep you warm. It's about be­ing use­ful, but also build­ing a story about our­selves and cre­at­ing room to ex­plore new ideas.

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