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New and notable announcements from across the industry.

Brrrrr-illiant colour with a cause

Over the summer, Wild in Art brought a second sculpture trail to Christchurch. This time, Pop Up Penguins gave residents and visitors a fresh opportunity to discover and delight in all that makes Ōtautahi special.

The public art trail included 50 large penguin sculptures, sponsored by companies and decorated by established and emerging artists using Resene paints. All were displayed on a public art trail that celebrated the unique parts of the city.

The penguins highlighted themes like climate change, community, Antarctica, creativity, innovation and exploration. After nine weeks out and about in Christchurch, the street sized penguins were auctioned off in February and raised over one million dollars for Cholmondeley Children’s Centre.

Birds of a Feather’ by NEST Arts Collective

Birds of a Feather’ by NEST Arts Collective, ‘Pattern #1453: Antarctic Fair Isle’ by Jen McBride, ‘Batguin’ by Mark Catley, ‘Punk It Penguin’ by Laura Hewetson and ‘Shackleton’ by Ira Mitchell.

Calmer waters

Nature is far too beautiful to be kept outside. In this hectic, always-on world, many of us are seeking a calm place to relax, recuperate and revive. The designs in the Resene Willow Wallpaper Collection recall nature as a perfect way to promote a feeling of calm and create a haven for your clients. Try the cascading ripples of Resene Wallpaper Collection 2008-146-03 in a dining room or restaurant above the dado line with lower wall panelling in Resene Coast. See more from this collection and other new releases at your local Resene ColorShop or online at

Resene Wallpaper 2008-146-03
Calmer waters: Resene Wallpaper 2008-146-03

Habitat magazine issue 34 cover
Get cosy with habitat issue 34

Get cosy with habitat issue 34

The autumn/winter 2021 issue of habitat by Resene is available now. With a strong focus on ways to cosy up spaces plus helpful ideas for improving backyard organisation, cute kids’ spaces and the latest on home decorating colour trends, it’s a handy way to inspire clients with ideas for their next projects.

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

Like Morris but moodier

Inspired by the Arts & Crafts movement and the influential artist William Morris, the Resene Elodie Wallpaper Collection showcases a sophisticated array of classical styles. Moody settings and traditional designs pay homage to notable artwork with a rich opulence to enhance the look of any project. Try Resene Wallpaper Collection 1907-136-03 in a study or lounge with adjacent walls in Resene Mondo. See more designs from this collection and other new releases at your local Resene ColorShop or online at

Resene Elodie Wallpaper Collection
Like Morris but moodier

‘Genealogy of the Pacific’ by Daniel Ho, Rita Cai and Raymond Yoo
Twist and shout

Fun-ctional furniture
Fun-ctional furniture

Twist and shout: 2020/21 Folly Project winner ‘Genealogy of the Pacific’ by Daniel Ho, Rita Cai and Raymond Yoo. Image by Sam Hartnett.

Twist and shout

The sixth and most recent Brick Bay Folly Project winner has been officially announced and opened to the public. The structure of ‘Genealogy of the Pacific’ by Daniel Ho, Rita Cai and Raymond Yoo draws inspiration from the curvilinear form of DNA strands, and while it may appear monolithic from afar, closer inspection reveals its twisting modular form. The labour intensive construction involved 885 timber bricks painted in Resene Concrete, meticulously laid in horizontal layers. Experience it in person on the Brick Bay Sculpture Trail ( and learn more about the history of the Brick Bay Folly Project.

Fun-ctional furniture

Functional design and fabulous colour come together with In the Shed’s furniture range. Designer and craftsman Craig Poad hand crafts every piece, from cabinets to hall tables to entertainment units. All designs can be modified to suit – perfect for those seeking a bespoke piece in a particular shape or colour. We love this record player unit, which is painted in Resene Pohutukawa and varnished in Resene Aquaclear.  ›

Top 20 tints

Resene Black White once again takes the crown as the most popular colour while three other strengths of the classic hue also make the cut in this year’s Resene top 20. Chances are you have seen or used many of these colours before, with many sharing a common trait – they are all incredibly versatile neutrals.

Resene Top 20 colours

While the top 20 may be whites and neutrals hues, there is a rainbow of other popular ‘colourful’ colours to choose from. Browse other top picks from the whole colour wheel at

Artistic achievements

Each year, Resene provides support to a wide variety of groups creating murals, helping them to splash colour around their communities. Since 2003, the annual Resene Mural Masterpieces Competition has offered an opportunity to share these works far and wide, with more than $7,000 worth of prizes awarded to the best of the best. In the latest competition these four made the podium in the professional category:

Resene Mural Masterpieces Competition

1st Place (pictured left): Pukeoware Hall by Brigita Botma (Baldhill Road, Waiuku)  2nd Place: Living South by Deow (South City Hub, Invercargill)  3rd Place (tie): Akaroa Skateboard Park by Katrina Perano (Akaroa)  3rd Place (tie): Central Park Substation Wall by Kiran Parbhu (Brooklyn Road, Wellington)

Soulful sanctuary

Create a sanctuary in your home with this collection of beautifully coloured designs from the Resene Sanctuary Wallpaper Collection. With a mix of flora, fauna, geo and swirl inspired designs to choose from, they’re the perfect haven to escape from busy life. See more soulful selections from this collection and other new releases at your local Resene ColorShop or online at

Resene Sanctuary Wallpaper Collection - FJ41610
Resene Wallpaper FJ41610

Resene Sanctuary Wallpaper Collection - FJ40004
Resene Wallpaper FJ40004

Resene Sanctuary Wallpaper Collection - FJ41880
Resene Wallpaper FJ41880


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.

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