26 MAY 2020
Urbis Magazine: Our Tribute to the Design Publication
Our short tribute to one of the best design magazines in New Zealand.
We were so sad to hear about the recent closure of Urbis Magazine from AGM Publishing. Through the design community of retailers, publishers, stylists and customers we've been privileged to be part of a group of people trying to make the world a better place in various ways.
Since we opened in 2011, Urbis has been right behind us with one of our first published articles. We recall meeting then editor Nicole Stock, who wanted to meet us in person partly to ensure we weren't selling any reproduction or knock off designs. We were impressed to find a magazine with that kind of integrity and ever since then, we have seen that Urbis remained true to its values.
Over time Urbis was associated with daring, inventive events like Urbis Design Day. Our friend at Urbis, Zara Tempest, among others, contributed to an annual event which connected design lovers to a series of customised retail experiences with a dedicated transport fleet to transport groups from one location to another.
Urbis has been a key part of the magazine landscape in New Zealand for up and coming designers and stylists like Juliette Wanty, Sara Black and Thomas Cannings. Not to mention the introduction of internationally experienced editors like Federico Monsalve who has also contributed to magazines like Monocle.
At Mr. Bigglesworthy we are so thankful to have been included in the pages of this world class publication and supported through the growth and development of our company. We wish everyone who was part of Urbis the very best for whatever the future holds.
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