Mike Hewson | Public Installation | New Zealand

In Christchurch, New Zealand, 10 massive optical illusion-inducing mixed-media art pieces by Mike Hewson pay homage to the former Christchurch Normal School which opened in 1876.

The building, completely renovated for apartment and retail use in 1981 and renamed Cranmer Courts, was damaged badly in the February 2012 magnitude 6.3 earthquake and it is now destined for demolition.

Before it is gone forever, Hewson wanted to pay homage to the building that used to house a vibrant community. He covered the total of 130 square meters of plywood with mixed-media images depicting artists and others who lived and worked in the building.

Private donations and Hewson’s own money covered the $15,000 installation costs. New Zealand-born (in 1985) Mike Hewson is a civil engineer, graduate of Canterbury University (2007). He has worked as a civil engineer in Port Hedland in Western Australia, but has travelled regularly to New Zealand to complete works of art there. He will move permanently back to New Zealand next month and focus on his art full time.


Works of Art

Exceptionally designed masterpieces from the runway, for the home, and beyond.


L: Who:  Charlotte Dellal for Charlotte Olympia; What: Avalon sandals from spring 2012 collection; R:  Who: Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen What: Spring 2012 runway dress


L: Who: Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana for Dolce & Gabbana What: Spring 2012 bodysuit; R:  Who: Sarah Jane Williams What: Luggage by Williams British Handmade


L: Who: Baylar Atelier for Hudson Furniture Inc. What: Mother (standard) chandelier        R: Who: Mary Katrantzou What: Spring 2012 runway dress


L: Who: Nicolas Ghesquière for Balenciaga What: Spring 2012 shoes R: Who: Riccardo Tisci for Givenchy What: Spring 2012 runway jacket


L: Who: Olivier Rousteing for Balmain What: Spring 2012 runway dress R: Who: Dries Van Noten What: Spring 2012 runway jacket


L: Who: Kiichiro Masumura for Chopard What: L.U.C XP watch equipped with the mechanical self-winding L.U.C. 96HM movement R: Who: CTRLZAK What: Table from the D\Zen collection, 2011.



A funky brick structure, some tires and lots of lights. These are the design elements of bow.berlin, a jewelry and leather fashion boutique and showroom that opened a few weeks ago in the famed Berlin West, aka City West. The shop displays the work of two German designers: high-end leather bags, belts and other accessories by Michael Lawrenz and watches, jewelry and accessories by Christian Koban.

Berlin designer Neels Kattentidt conserved the character of the rough brick surfaces and cool arches of the old railway structure, and created a pared-down and funky gallery atmosphere by using the minimum of out-of-context components.
He avoided the typical sleek and glossy imagery of high-end designer boutiques by turning, with admirable innovative gusto, to cleaned-up recycled car tires.

A full four tons of tires were cut, wired, screwed and nailed to fit them with LED-lighting and back-lit white glass tops to create shelves, display tables and even chandeliers. Yes, we particularly love those chandeliers.
All in all, Berlin West is turning into a cool and chic destination and not just because it is close to the known fashion addresses of Kurfürstendamm or the transportation hub of Bahnhof Zoo.



Multifunctional Chaise Longue

Whenever we read a book, watch a film on our PC or listen to music we have to adapt to the furniture we have, which often proves to be uncomfortable. Enrico Bonetti and Domonic Kozerski, from Bonetti/Kozerski Studio, understood this and have designed the LL2 Lounger, a chair that is a table at the same time, which places the knees in an elevated position. Besides this the curved structure of the chair back makes it extremely comfortable, allowing the user to be seated in it for hours and to enjoy films or read their favourite novel.


Pure Movement

As an end of course project, Albercht Birkner worked the natural forms of a very flexible solid wood known as Benywood. As a result ORB balances four bars of wood, adjusting to the human body to provide perfect freedom of movement and balance, for correct spine and torso posture. Easy to assemble, ORB is very tough.


Desk or work of art?

Rounded lines, generous in size and large choice of colours, finishes and materials. This is the Goggle Desk, a desk designed by Danny Venlet for Babini Office, which is a true work of art. Presented at Milan International Furniture Fair, the Goggle Desk can be completed with a series of accessories, including drawers or cupboards, harmonising the surrounding space.



Digital and Traditional









It is a USB stick and at the same time a paperclip. The DataClip, designed by Nendo for Telecom, allows the storage of documents in a digital format and, thanks to its ergonomic format, holds together papers or business cards, like any other paperclip would. Nendo, in charge of the project, says that it chose a design DataClip that aims for a new relationship between daily life and digital data. An object that has more then one function, reflecting the demands of modern life.