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Within this period of upheaval is an opportunity to question the status quo and flex our creative muscles to find new – and perhaps even better – ways of doing things.
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In a time when the only thing that we can be certain of is change, there have been plenty of moments of frustration. Whether it's because of a shortage in labour, materials, patience or time, this year has already been a tricky one fraught with challenges we've never been faced with before. But it has also underscored how adaptable we truly are. Within this period of upheaval is an opportunity to question the status quo and flex our creative muscles to find new – and perhaps even better – ways of doing things.
When you read this issue of BlackWhite, it will be easy to see those sorts of silver linings. The pages that follow are packed with incredibly imaginative folks who have successfully completed projects which, at kick-off, seemed utterly impossible. Others have come up with entirely new methods for addressing age-old problems. And it has been hugely satisfying to hear all your stories of ingenuity and cleverness firsthand.
As supply chains from overseas continue to sputter, Resene has been busy developing exciting and innovative new products and colours right in our own backyard and investing in new machinery and warehouse space. So even on the dark days where it seems I can't find a sheet of plywood to save my life, I find great comfort in knowing that the Resene paint and stain I need is being made locally.
I hope, like me, you too will find reassurance reading about other designers, specifiers, builders and painters that have kept pressing on against the odds who clearly aren't going to let a few late ships slow them down. After all, we've shown for many years that we only need a bit of Number 8 wire to hold the paddock together – and, of course, some Resene paint and wood stains to make it look great.
Laura Lynn Johnston
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Discover the most fashionable hues to use now and the popular colours soon to come.
After a couple of bumpy years wrought with uncertainty, the world is slowly opening up again – and with that comes the triumphant return of fashion weeks, major design tradeshows, conferences and plenty of exciting new product launches. With so many of these events having been cancelled in recent years, colour and trend forecasting has been tricky... more
Dean Johnstone makes his mark with masterful brushwork and boundless imagination.
Before we had access to the printing and laser cutting technology we rely on today, signs were made with paintbrushes wielded by the steadiest of hands. At that time, being able to create anything needed, at any scale, in a way that's endlessly repeatable would have seemed unimaginable... more
Why standing out and blending in don’t have to be at odds with one another.
Luckily, the way we colour our exteriors has been slowly evolving. It’s a change that’s only come about because of the designers, builders and painters who have wilfully campaigned to shift the perspective on how our streets could look... more
BlackWhite editor Laura Lynn Johnston shares her top tips for bringing Resene’s beautiful new limited-edition blues to your next project.
Given that vivid blues are currently experiencing something of a renaissance, I can’t think of a better time to have even more brave and bold colour options on the table... more
The NZIA Fellow shares wisdom he's garnered in the first three and a half decades of his career.
When you’re coming out of high school, it can be difficult to know what career path to pursue – especially if you feel pulled in multiple directions by different passions... more
Solid teamwork and considered colours hit a six and revive a historic stand.
Over the decades, Wellington’s historic Basin Reserve has hosted an Olympic-like breadth of activities enjoyed by players and fans from all walks of life. But in sport, it is perhaps most well-known as the site of New Zealand’s oldest test cricket ground... more
Becca Lewis’s spritely, modular thesis concept reimagines Porirua as a creative playground.
While it’s tempting to think of play as something frivolous and unproductive, that couldn’t be further from the truth. No matter whether you consider yourself young or old, play provides all kinds of benefits... more
A creative couple pioneers an innovative museum where kids and colour rule.
It was four years ago when Billie Georgieff and Tom Mahon were welcoming their second son that they realised something was missing: a place where their children could be boundlessly immersed in art and creativity... more
Learn how colour and contrast affect both the look and integrity of your exterior materials.
When you have a specific look in mind for the exterior of your project, it can be extremely beneficial to research the products you’re planning to specify before you or your client get too attached to the idea... more
Three designers discuss the colour and design trends shaping the way we support growing minds.
While no project typology is static, the speed and manner in which shifts occur can vary greatly, with some transforming far faster than others. When you look back at what was happening even just twenty years ago, school design has changed drastically... more
Passionate family and staff pull wallcovering supplier and manufacturer through its darkest hour and into a brighter future.
It was 7 May 2020 when staff at Pacific Wallcoverings received the devastating call. The whole of New Zealand had been stuck in its first Level 4 lockdown for six weeks and the standstill was enough to put the nearly 60-year-old company into liquidation... more
When it comes to trafficable surfaces, these Resene products will have your project covered.
While the vertical surfaces on your projects are often the ones that get fanned with the most praise, it’s your horizontal surfaces that get traversed by feet, paws and wheels – which means they’re likely the hardest working element in your entire design... more
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