23 JAN 2013

2012 Style Guide

Here are our favorite things of 2012: something to wear, watch, read, drink, eat, buy and take a seat in.

WEAR / Fashion Week 2012 / We trotted along to a few New Zealand fashion week shows this year. Andrea Moore captivated us with her latest collection 'The Hunt'. Tailored met organic in a vibrant pallet of colours and prints on the runway. Lots of texture - love! Best of all, these pieces will be in store this year. WATCH / Jiro Dreams of Sushi / Jiro's sushi store sits in the basement of a Tokyo subway station but don't let that fool you. His tiny restaurant is booked out months in advance and has been awarded the prestigious 3 Michelin stars. The 85 year old Jiro charmingly explains how the life of a Sushi chef is to strive towards constant improvement - a good thing to keep in mind if you're planning on doing the 10 year minimum apprenticeship. READ / Big House Small House / Mr. Bigglesworthy was delighted to play host for the opening launch of this gorgeous publication. Photos by Patrick Reynolds, text by John Walsh and the diverse designs of 60 New Zealand architects. This is a sumptuous piece of New Zealand architectural design for your coffee table. SHOP / Father Rabbit / Run out of a pristine white Grey Lynn villa, this fresh-faced homeware boutique is our new favourite place to shop. Father Rabbit likes pressed white sheets, french stationary, luxurious soap and brown glass bottles - all tied up in brown paper and string. SIT / Jon Jansen Statement Chair designed by Bob Roukema / We've been keen to purchase one of these epic chairs for a few years now. The smooth, confident, clean lines of the 1950s are a real New Zealand achievement of the time. Dan has decided this is his favourite mid century chair design from the Southern Hemisphere. DRINK / Man O' War Pinot Gris, Waiheke / Down the far end of Waiheke Island, situated in a private rocky bay sits the Man O' War Tasting Room. Turn up with your whole family (including the dog) and enjoy a sunny afternoon playing cricket (or pattonk) with a glass of world class wine and perhaps a few fresh Waiheke oysters. EAT / The Roxy / One of the newest degustation experiences on offer in Auckland central, we decided we just had to take a look. Upstairs and away from the crowds at Everybody's, The Roxy is an urban haven of style and relaxation with a menu and service to match. The bill at the end definitely seemed worth it!

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