Pablo Arrasco Paz, co-owner at Madame George, loves Karangahape Road (a lot!).
1. Every now and then, we venture away from Karangahape Road... the artworks at Gibbs Farm [2421 Kaipara Coast Highway, appointment only] are world class and the setting is just spectacular! What an amazing experience! I remember staring at this Richard Serra sculpture and thinking back on my days at architecture school, and smiling at the fact that I was able to look at it, walk around it, touch it... such a great memory! ——— 2. K’ Road is mi barrio (my neighbourhood). I first lived on K’ Road in the mid-1990s, in an open-plan warehouse on Cross Street. The people, the place, everything was fun, crazy, vibrant, loud, unpredictable... so many memories, so much fun! That was my introduction to K’ Road, and the beginning of a long love affair with this unique part of town. ——— 3. This is me caffeinated, happy and enjoying a sunny winter afternoon outside Johnny Feedback [61 Pitt St]. ——— 4. This is Madame George. Matt [co-owner] and I wanted to create a space where our friends would feel comfortable and welcome, with great food and drinks, and I, personally, wanted a place where I could have good pisco sours! We are very humbled by the warm support from our neighbourhood and proud to be part of the rich tapestry that makes K’ Road what it is. ——— 5. The neon sign at Miller’s Cafe [31 Cross St] sums up what K’ Road means to me: vibrant, bright, crafted, designed, eclectic, loud, fun... so much fun! I heart you K’ Road. ——— 6. This is the original meter board from Studio 86, which my wife Fang and I renovated. We fell in love with the potential of this space, its high ceilings, the original stained timber windows, never mind the crazy, outdated, pokey little office spaces. It was a nightmare of a job to be honest, but I’m so proud of the end result. ——— 7. Our apartment space had seen better times – being a student/ artist flat for years I’m sure the walls of this place could tell some very interesting stories. The renovation process took way longer than anticipated, but it was well worth it; I wanted to be a good husband and bring my then wife-to-be to a nice space. Now, I seriously cannot imagine living anywhere else. The nightclub that was once below us is now Madame George.
——— 8. The single table at the end of St Kevins Arcade overlooking Myers Park is definitively one of my favourite spots. Perfect to shelter from the crazy winter wind and rain, and an excuse to have another coffee. This photo was taken in summer, hence the beautiful pōhutukawa flowers, but you get the picture.