– take a snoop in­side three homes with in­di­vid­ual flair

Simply You - - Contents - CLAIRE KIN­GAN-JONES

For­mer fash­ion de­signer Claire Kin­gan-Jones has cre­ated a re­laxed feel in the Auck­land home she shares with her hus­band and teenage sons. The for­mer owner/de­signer of women’s fash­ion la­bels RJC and Kin­gan-Jones has trav­elled ex­ten­sively, par­tic­u­larly in In­dia, Bali and her na­tive South Africa, where she picked up both knick-knacks for her home and a fearless ap­proach to colour. So it was an easy de­ci­sion for her to work with in­te­rior de­signer and for­mer Repub­lic pub­li­cist Fiona McLeod to cre­ate a “re­sort feel” in her Herne Bay home.

She and hus­band Struan Kin­gan bought the two-storey house when sons By­ron and Os­car were preschool­ers. They en­listed ar­chi­tect An­drew Meir­ing to re­con­fig­ure the prop­erty, which now has four bed­rooms, three bath­rooms and three liv­ing ar­eas. The sleek, mod­ern kitchen opens onto a pa­tio and size­able pool with a bar­be­cue area, all in keep­ing with Kin­gan-Jones’ love of ca­sual en­ter­tain­ing and “a busy, noisy house­hold”.

She en­joys hunt­ing for dé­cor finds that she can re­vamp, favour­ing mid-cen­tury mod­ern and art deco pieces and de­scribes her in­te­rior style as eclec­tic, con­tem­po­rary with clas­si­cal ref­er­ences. “I don’t like be­ing pre­cious about a space,” she says.

Naomi Larkin takes a sneak peek be­hind the doors of three homes with

in­di­vid­ual flair.

Above: the arm­chair, white goat skin ot­toman, cop­per drum stool (used as a side ta­ble) and yel­low vase in the for­mal lounge are all from Repub­lic. Right: the wooden din­ing ta­ble and cream ce­ramic din­ner­ware are also from Repub­lic. The glasses and feath­ered light­shade are Kin­gan-Jones’ own. Be­low left: the framed pho­to­graph, taken by Kin­gan-Jones’ fa­ther, adds to the retro look cre­ated by the choco­late tie-dyed chair and side­board, both from Repub­lic. Right: Kin­gan-Jones de­signed the kitchen to en­hance her love of cook­ing.

Vicki Vuleta and Gary Langs­ford are prom­i­nent mem­bers of the New Zealand art and de­sign scene, so it’s hardly sur­pris­ing their home is an ab­so­lute stand­out. A mas­sive con­crete cube span­ning four lev­els and strad­dling a cor­ner on Auck­land’s Up­per Queen Street, the build­ing also houses Vuleta’s art, vin­tage and in­te­ri­ors busi­ness, De­sign55, and is home to her 19-year-old daugh­ter Is­abella.

The cou­ple bought the for­mer ware­house in 2005, com­pletely gut­ted it and en­gaged the ser­vices of New York-based Kiwi ar­chi­tect David How­ell. “It was de­signed to be sculp­tural from the out­side,” says Langs­ford, a long-time art col­lec­tor, dealer and owner of the Gow Langs­ford gal­leries in Lorne and Kitch­ener streets.

In­side it’s a slick, high-walled, all­white space that show­cases the cou­ple’s ex­tra­or­di­nary art, fur­ni­ture and ob­jet col­lec­tion to per­fec­tion. Mod­ern mas­ter­pieces by the likes of Bri­tish artist Damien Hirst are mixed with high ly­col­lectable 1940s Ital­ian vin­tage fur­ni­ture, a rare his­toric wooden cross from the Solomon Is­lands, a sil­ver plate by Pablo Pi­casso and glass­work by Anne Robin­son. “You can put any­thing to­gether so long as the qual­ity is right,” says Langs­ford.

The open-plan kitchen, din­ing and prin­ci­pal liv­ing area is the heart of the home as the cou­ple en­ter­tain of­ten – for busi­ness and plea­sure. “We love shar­ing it be­cause we’re pas­sion­ate about what we do,” says Vuleta.

On the top floor is the cou­ple’s bed­room and en­suite bath­room (with a view to down­town Auck­land and the har­bour from the tub), open­ing onto a large bal­cony and rooftop-style gar­den with en­vi­able views over the city to the Waitakere Ranges. “The gar­den is my sanc­tu­ary,” says Vuleta. “It’s our space.” This is true ur­ban liv­ing and it fits the cou­ple’s life­style and pro­fes­sional needs to a tee. “I didn’t want to be mov­ing lawns in Herne Bay or clean­ing pools,” says Langs­ford.

Above left: a paint­ing by Abo­rig­i­nal artist Jack Dale Men­genen hangs above an an­tique Solomon Is­lands cru­ci­fix dis­played on a 1940s Os­valdo Bor­sani con­sole. The paint­ings are by Mi­randa Parkes. Above right: the art­work is by Damien Hirst and the Puppy vase is by Jeff Koons. The For­nasetti can­dle (stocked by De­sign55) sits be­side a paint­ing by Colin McCa­hon. Be­low left: the paint­ing is by Dale Frank, the white lim­ited-edi­tion Cac­tus by Gufram, the steel din­ing ta­ble is vin­tage French and the crys­tal bowl is by Anne Robin­son. Right: the wall

in­stal­la­tion was com­pleted by Sara Hughes, the sil­ver plate in the centre is by Pablo Pi­casso and the skull art­work by Andy Warhol.

When North & South art direc­tor and colum­nist Jenny Ni­cholls bought her 1940s cot­tage on Wai­heke in 2007, it was more hol­i­day crash pad than the per­ma­nent home Ni­cholls needed. “There was enough shelf space for a few cans of spaghetti and some togs, but not enough for my books or even my shoes!” You couldn’t swing a cat in the kitchen, and the rain­wa­ter tank was the size of a washing ma­chine. To cap it all, ev­ery­thing was a dreary beige, ex­cept the car­pet, which was grey.

Af­ter the first cru­cial pur­chase (a big­ger rain­wa­ter tank), Ni­cholls set to work bring­ing colour into the house with some nail-bit­ing on­line buys.

The mer­cury gold glass lights, linen cur­tains and For­nasetti fish wall­pa­per were all im­pul­sive sale bar­gains from US web­site an­thro­polo­

Then a for­tu­itous is­land friend­ship with spa­tial de­signer Michelle Ben Zur made ev­ery­thing eas­ier. “I saw her house,” says Ni­cholls, “and thought: I need some of that!” Ben Zur made ar­chi­tec­tural draw­ings of Ni­cholls’ two-storey home, re­work­ing the kitchen, din­ing area, bath­room and laun­dry with­out chang­ing the foot­print. “I thought I could do the in­te­rior de­sign my­self, but it is much more ef­fi­cient work­ing with a pro­fes­sional. Michelle is an ideas ma­chine.” Set­ting cube shelves into the kitchen wall, for in­stance, freed up space in the kitchen and, in a stroke, also made space for a book­shelf in the bed­room.

Ben Zur supervised the build­ing and tiling and even de­signed the book­cases and light­ing her­self. “I’m beige pho­bic – I love mix­ing pat­terns,” says Ni­cholls. “A great de­signer like Michelle is a per­son­al­ity flavour en­hancer.”

Above left: a steel pole holds pots and uten­sils at arm’s reach in the small kitchen. Two Ikea trol­leys work well as por­ta­ble un­der-bench pantries. Above right: the side­board was a Trade Me bar­gain. The glass light and For­nasetti wall­pa­per are from an­thro­polo­ Be­low left: the chest of draw­ers in the bed­room is by Wai­heke de­signer Heidi Alt­mann. Be­low right: the deep book­case was de­signed by Michelle Ben Zur. The hand­painted ce­ramic poo­dle was made in Ja­pan in the 50s. The wall dis­plays pic­tures by photographers Ni­cholls has worked with.

Left: Ni­cholls sits on a vin­tage Manatunga rug by Mos­giel Wool­lens. Her Afghan kilim rug is a cher­ished 80s Christ­mas gift from her fa­ther. Be­low: a junk shop mid-cen­tury cabi­net houses stor­age boxes from Kate Spade. The paint­ing is by Taranaki artist...

Above: Vuleta and Langs­ford in their Auck­land home. Langs­ford is seated in a Cam­pana brothers Al­li­ga­tor chair. Right: a col­lec­tion of ob­jet in­clud­ing a le­mon glass cloche by Luke Ja­comb.

Above: con­sole, feath­ered orange hat and pink ce­ramic vases all from Repub­lic. Left: Kin­ganJones wear­ing Sta­ple + Cloth on her pa­tio.

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