Down town

Her­itage re­stored in an Auck­land city apart­ment

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En­ter­ing Kristina Pick­ford and Michael Wolfe’s apart­ment in cen­tral Auck­land’s his­toric Dil­worth build­ing, your eye is im­me­di­ately drawn to an ex­quis­ite stool placed in the cor­ner of the liv­ing room. It’s a stool made fa­mil­iar by Ikea’s ap­pro­pri­a­tion, but was orig­i­nally de­signed by the Fin­nish ar­chi­tect, Al­var Aalto. How­ever, this is no or­di­nary Aalto piece. It’s an orig­i­nal bought while Pick­ford was in Helsinki in 2011, at­tend­ing an in­ter­na­tional sym­po­sium on the con­ser­va­tion of mod­ern build­ings in Fin­land, hosted by the Al­var Aalto In­sti­tute. The chair is from the ‘Fan Leg’ se­ries for Artek (the three-leg ver­sion is a rare find) and dates from 1954. It’s quite beau­ti­ful and still has its orig­i­nal leather up­hol­stery. “The course pro­vided a unique op­por­tu­nity to be com­pletely im­mersed in the ar­chi­tec­ture of Al­var Aalto,” says Pick­ford. “We also looked closely at a cou­ple of Aalto’s build­ings as case stud­ies for how to pro­tect them so that fu­ture gen­er­a­tions can ap­pre­ci­ate and en­joy them.” Her­itage is a pas­sion for Pick­ford and cen­tral to her de­sign ap­proach. Af­ter run­ning an in­te­rior de­sign busi­ness in Christchurch, she re­turned to uni­ver­sity to study art and ar­chi­tec­tural his­tory. This led to a stint work­ing as an ad­vi­sor for Her­itage New Zealand, where she was ac­tively in­volved in pre­serv­ing her­itage build­ings af­ter the Christchurch earth­quakes. She was

Left Kristina Pick­ford sits on the ‘Soft Dream’ sofa by An­to­nio Cit­te­rio for Flex­i­form. On the wall next to her is a paint­ing by Heather Straka. The ‘Cigg’ side ta­bles are by Jader Almeida for Sol­los. The book­shelf is by USM Haller.

Be­low A light by Isamu Noguchi hangs above the cof­fee ta­ble by Carlo Scarpa.

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