Description from The International Office
Down the long driveway, you’ll see it
- Photography, Mary Gaudin
- Text, Matthew Arnold
- Design, The International Office
This is a book of pictures of modernist New Zealand homes.
These houses aren’t new, theyre old and lived in. They can be a little dusty, slightly worn around the edges and all have what antique dealers like to call patina”. But theyre perfect in the minds of the people who live in them because of what they represent, which when designed, was a better way of living.
The idea for the project wasnt so much to document the houses in purely architectural terms, but to give an idea of the way these houses were and are lived in, as well as showing details of the designs and the materials used in their construction. The use of native timbers throughout these houses has given a unique feel to the interiors. In the Martin house, for example, John Scott used rimu for cupboard doors and matai, a wood which darkens with age, for the handles.
I also wanted to look at the way these houses fitted into their surroundings. All of the Wellington homes are connected to native bush, attracting tuis, fantails and bellbirds amongst other native birds. The owners of the Einhorn house, which backs onto the Karori bird sanctuary, sometimes see rare hihi feeding in their garden. The front of the Manning house is surrounded by an enormous pohutakawa tree which, from inside the house filters views out towards Aucklands harbour bridge.
The title of the book comes from a phrase in an email from Bruce Martin giving directions to his home at Bridge PÄ. Filled with a lifetimes of pottery both from Bruce and Estelles work, together with gifts from potter friends, the Martins home highlights the particular mix of craftsmanship and design which is reminiscent of all the homes shown in this book.
Mary Gaudin is a New Zealand photographer living in Montpellier, France.
- 336 pages
- 230mm x 300mm.
- Helvetica Neue
- ISBN 978-0-473-29961-3