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From BlackWhite magazine - issue 01, black book

New and notable announcements from across the industry.

Brick Bay Nohonga make their way to Britomart

The four winning nohonga (seat) projects for the New Zealand Institute of Landscape Architects Tuia Pito Ora/Brick Bay Nohonga competition will enjoy a public install in Britomart, Auckland before being moved to the Brick Bay Sculpture Trail for the summer.

Brick Bay Nohonga - seating

Supported by Brick Bay, NZILA, Britomart, Viva and Resene, the nohonga will offer a unique platform from which viewers can explore the ways we experience space.

Whiria by Katherine Eastman, Erin Diao and Alex Smith is made from mild steel folded into various modules and painted a combination of Resene Impromptu and Resene Dell. It provides the visual link to the flax leaf, which is the main inspiration for this seat design.

Emirates Team New Zealand is ready to defend again

Did you know that Resene Automotive and Light Industrial has been involved in every Emirates Team New Zealand challenge and defence? Before races, Emirates Team New Zealand boatbuilders and painters, with product supplied by Resene Automotive and Light Industrial, match exact custom colours for the AC75 race yachts.

Emirates Team New Zealand
Out on the harbour

Richard Muirhead, General Manager at Resene Automotive and Light Industrial, says that the process to paint an AC75 race yacht takes approximately 2,500 man hours. When asked about the design for the 2021 America’s Cup, Richard explains “the team wanted to continue using foiling yachts from the events in San Francisco and Bermuda but opted to take a huge risk and switch to a foiling monohull design, the likes of which had never been done before. The majority of recreational sailors sail on monohulls and the idea was to make the class of boat relatable to the average sailor and also appeal to the foiling generation.”

Richard says the most challenging aspect is having a coating that will withstand the huge pressures and temperatures generated on the foils and rudders, which will tear most coatings to shreds. “Resene Durepox Extreme has been developed for application to carbon fibre and other composite materials and specifically in consultation with Emirates Team New Zealand for this application. Having a high performance coating, available in all Resene colours, has been a real benefit to the team.”

Resene and the BlackWhite team look forward to seeing this beauty out on the harbour.

2020 Interior Awards announced

The Interior Awards has officially announced its 2020 winners. Ten category winners were named and the biggest prize of the night, the Supreme Award, went to the Commercial Bay Retail Precinct by Warren and Mahoney in association with NH Architecture.

Winner of the Residential Award was Raukura Turei’s Ōwairaka House, located in Mount Albert, Auckland, which features interior walls in Resene Black White, exterior walls in Resene Alabaster and Resene Pot Pourri, laundry cabinetry in Resene Coastal Blue and a living room door in Resene Dust Storm.

Queen Anne styled 1950's alteration

1950's white on white lounge

The awards jury said, “this alteration of an early 1950s’ deco, Queen Anne-styled brick-and-tile house in Auckland is exceptional for both its subtlety and its depth. Partly influenced by Philip Johnson’s Glass House, Hiroshi Sambuichi and Alvar Aalto, the designer has conjured up an interior that is meditative, sensual and highly respectful of the architectural tradition that precedes it. Using timber panelling and terracotta tiles, refined furniture and lighting selections, careful detailing and considerate space planning, the outcome is an accomplished interior that encompasses beauty, charm and a gentle touch of magic.”

Catch up on the latest colour trends

Embarking on a new decorating project and unsure where to start? The new habitat plus – decorating and colour trends has hit the shelves of Resene ColorShops and selected Resene resellers.

Habitat plus - decorating and colour trends 2020

If you’re looking for the scoop on the hottest trends and paint colours, habitat plus is the place to start. It’s chock full of useful tips, ideas and inspiration on the most relevant trends out there, those that are evolving and some hints towards what’s coming next.

Pick up your free copy at your local Resene ColorShop and selected Resene resellers, or view it online.

Master Painters Apprentice of the Year winner is announced

The New Zealand Apprentice Painter of the Year title has been claimed by Chelsey Froese. The Queenstown-based painting and decorating specialist competed against four young tradespeople in Rotorua, who were tasked with producing a two-square-metre children’s play wharenui at the Master Painters New Zealand Apprentice Painter of the Year competition.

Following painter Mark Grieve, from HiLo Decorators Ltd, who was named Master Painter of the Year, Froese’s win is a testimony to the calibre of local talent. Her winning wharenui, and the fellow contestants’ projects, have been donated to local community groups.

Master Painters Apprentice of the Year

Habitat 33 - spring summer

habitat Issue 33 is available now

The spring/summer issue of habitat by Resene is out now – and it might just be our favourite to date. Featuring a huge range of refreshing ideas from decorating outdoor entertaining spaces, colourful kitchens with character to spare, bright ideas for using paint to divvy up larger spaces and the latest on trend colours, it’s a must-have guide for anyone looking to redecorate or starting from scratch.

Habitat 33 - spring summer

Copies are available from Resene ColorShops and selected resellers or view it online.

Birds of a feather

Much of artist Hannah Jensen’s work features gorgeous flora and fauna, but this recent piece really took our breath away. She creates her unique carved paintings by first layering dozens of coats of Resene paint on to board – in this case, there were 69 – before cutting away the upper layers to reveal the contrasting ones below.

Hannah Jensen artwork - Dancing Tui

“Dancing Tūī is a commission I recently completed for a wonderful couple to symbolise their wedding day earlier this year. It is an absolute pleasure to work alongside clients to bring their visions to life,” says Hannah.

The colours featured are (from top to bottom, lightest to deepest) Resene Half Kumutoto, Resene Freelance, Resene Pelorous, Resene Windfall and Resene Deep Teal.

Resene coloured bathrooms take home multiple awards

This year’s National Kitchen and Bathroom Excellence in Design Awards saw over 100 entries come through showcasing world class design and manufacturing standards.

Among the winning entries was Brooke Cholmondeley-Smith of TAWA Architecture & Design who was awarded the Waikato Chapter Kitchen & Bathroom Recognition Award for his River House project, which features walls in Resene Black White and a ceiling in Resene Half Sea Fog. Natalie Du Bois also took home the Auckland Chapter Bathroom Recognition Award, Certified Designer Runner Up Bathroom Award and the Creative Small Space Award for an ensuite bathroom with Resene Black White ceilings.

National Kitchen and Bathroom Excellence in Design Awards - dark bathroom
River House project by Brooke Cholmondeley-Smith of TAWA Architecture & Design. Image by Official Photographers

Auckland Chapter Bathroom Recognition Award...
Ensuite bathroom by Natalie Du Bois . Image by Michelle Weir

The makings of a masterpiece

Turn the walls of your next project into a work of art. Inspired by the Dutch masters, Resene Wallpaper Collection 358000 features a Rembrandt-esque floral design that is ideal for an office, lounge or bathroom – especially in an older home or villa. Try it with Resene Crail (wall), Resene Sante Fe (floor), Resene Kilamanjaro, Resene Hot Toddy, Resene Saratoga and Resene Gin Fizz (painted books). Chair from Good Form.

Resene Wallpaper Collection

Resene Wallpaper Collection

In the groove

Mr and Mrs Ward’s Argyle Vanity cabinet is simple, versatile and extremely functional. The stylish and streamlined grooved design, along with the quality of the materials and craftsmanship, gives it genuine longevity and lasting appeal.


Resene Alabaster

The drawer features Blum’s Legra Box Tipon Blu Motion technology, with push to open runners. Available in any Resene colour and different shapes and sizes, it’s perfect for any bathroom. Shown in Resene Alabaster.


BlackWhite magazine

This is a magazine created for the industry, by the industry and with the industry – and a publication like this is only possible because of New Zealand and Australia's remarkably talented and loyal Resene specifiers and users.

If you have a project finished in Resene paints, wood stains or coatings, whether it is strikingly colourful, beautifully tonal, a haven of natural stained and clear finishes, wonderfully unique or anything in between, we'd love to see it and have the opportunity to showcase it. Submit your projects online or email You're welcome to share as many projects as you would like, whenever it suits. We look forward to seeing what you've been busy creating.

Earn CPD reading this magazine – If you're a specifier, earn ADNZ or NZRAB CPD points by reading BlackWhite magazine. Once you've read an issue request your CPD points via the CPD portal for ADNZ (for NZ architectural designers) or NZRAB (for NZ architects).

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