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I can't help but be filled with hope when I look at these inspiring stories of New Zealanders and Australians leading us in a more positive direction.
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If there's one thing that struck me while pulling together this issue of BlackWhite, it was the tenacity of our Resene specifiers. Many of those I spoke with said they are busier now than they've ever been in their careers; and despite mounting pressures and challenges, they have continued turning out spectacular work.
Our current circumstances have raised some important questions about the ways in which we design, build and maintain – especially when it comes to certain project typologies. They've also spurred some unique colour and design trends to emerge which are unlikely to have come about otherwise. While changes will always happen more quickly when we're forced to adapt, the level of critical thinking triggered by recent events serves as an important reminder that we should keep asking ourselves why we fall into the same patterns. Does it make sense for the project you're working on right now to follow the status quo, or does it hold an opportunity to explore a better way of doing things?
In the pages that follow, we look back at the winding roads that led to the success of some iconic professionals and projects and ahead to choices we can make today to better the places where we live, work and play. There is no way to know what the future holds, and though I think we've got our work cut out for us in one sense or another, I can't help but be filled with hope when I look at these inspiring stories of New Zealanders and Australians leading us in a more positive direction
Laura Lynn Johnston
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See the projects that took home honours at this year's Resene Total Colour Awards
In Resene's 75th year, it seems fitting that the latest Resene Total Colour Awards have been a true celebration of all things colour. From neutral to bright, pastel to weathered, each winner's palette is distinctively unique in hue – yet all share an excellence in colour selection... more
Old and new work hand-in-hand to breathe life back into an architectural gem
In a city that lost so much to the 2011 earthquakes, it brings great satisfaction to share stories of those who have championed the conservation of salvageable buildings – especially projects that not only have significance to Christchurch but also to the country as a whole... more
Three designers discuss the key trends that are shaping the future of workplace design
For the better part of two years, we have seen nearly every industry grappling with an astounding pace of change. But with more people working from home than ever before, commercial office design is, without question, one of the most rapidly evolving project typologies around... more
A strong concept and a cohesive colour scheme come together in a vivacious gin bar
One of Christchurch's newest 'it' bars started its life in December 2018 as a tiny pop-up in a single carpark bay on Victoria Street, but it didn't take long for Brett and Hollis Giddens to see gin gin's concept could be successfully scaled into a larger brick- and-mortar context... more
Belinda Burke infuses her Master of Architecture thesis with chromatic inspiration from near and afar
When you have gained first-hand experience of the benefits that come from living in an environment brimming with vivid colours, returning home to find streets lined with subdued homes decorated in soulless neutrals can be pretty disenchanting. But instead of letting it hamper her, architectural graduate Belinda Burke was ignited to advocate for confident use of colour in our built environment... more
A look at the fashion design students who are ready to paint the town red
Jordan Tay says the outfit he designed in Resene Smashing is like a paintbrush stroke: bold and strong to start with, then tailing off with a flick. The 26-year-old Aucklander was inspired by memories of helping renovate his family home... more
David Trubridge looks back on his journey to international acclaim and what he's learned
"What are you going to be when you grow up?" It's a question we get asked so often in our formative years, as though we're expected to have it all figured out – just pick a thing and go be it. But even David Trubridge, who has received the New Zealand Order of Merit for his work, didn't set out to be a lighting or furniture designer... more
Conscientious choices that are easy on the senses and the planet
It can be easy to forget the extent of our privileges and that not everyone shares the same experience of the world that we do. Though it may not be feasible to take every sensitivity into consideration in every project, the more knowledge you have, the better your ability to make more conscientious product and colour selections... more
Sign Foundry hand-paints a larger-than-life logo for an iconic brand
Whittaker's has long been a household favourite; the family-owned business has been making chocolate since 1896. Their operation had been based in Porirua for more than a century, and its location on the Wellington flight path spurred an idea to turn the left and above: It took 16 litres of primer, 140 litres of Resene Lumbersider and more than 1000 man hours for Sign Foundry to hand-paint this logo on the roof of Whittaker's headquarters... more
Four professionals using colour to create community ownership in shared spaces
Though we have great affinity and romanticism for our rural areas, New Zealand and Australia are actually both highly urban nations. According to The World Bank's DataBank, in 2020, 86.7% of New Zealanders and 86.2% of Australians lived in urban areas... more
Resene Technical Director Colin Gooch shares some 'off colour' humour
As you know, Resene is really noted for its strong colours but it would have been fair to say that some years ago we didn't have the greatest range of off-whites... It was decided that we should smarten our act up and do something more expansive in this area... more
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 email@example.com. 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.