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BlackWhite, issue 03

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I can't help but be filled with hope when I look at these inspiring stories of New Zealanders and Australians leading us in a more positive direction.

BlackWhite magazine, issue 03
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If there's one thing that struck me while pulling together this issue of BlackWhite, it was the tenacity of our Resene specifiers. Many of those I spoke with said they are busier now than they've ever been in their careers; and despite mounting pressures and challenges, they have continued turning out spectacular work.

Our current circumstances have raised some important questions about the ways in which we design, build and maintain – especially when it comes to certain project typologies. They've also spurred some unique colour and design trends to emerge which are unlikely to have come about otherwise. While changes will always happen more quickly when we're forced to adapt, the level of critical thinking triggered by recent events serves as an important reminder that we should keep asking ourselves why we fall into the same patterns. Does it make sense for the project you're working on right now to follow the status quo, or does it hold an opportunity to explore a better way of doing things?

In the pages that follow, we look back at the winding roads that led to the success of some iconic professionals and projects and ahead to choices we can make today to better the places where we live, work and play. There is no way to know what the future holds, and though I think we've got our work cut out for us in one sense or another, I can't help but be filled with hope when I look at these inspiring stories of New Zealanders and Australians leading us in a more positive direction

Happy reading!

Laura Lynn Johnston

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Welcome to issue 03 of BlackWhite


A word from Laura Lynn Johnston, BlackWhite's editor and Mike Clowes, Resene's technical manager... more

Anybody's game - mood enhancing hues

Anybody's game

The latest colour trends reveal the mood- enhancing hues we need in our lives

There may be more tools than ever before to gain insight into colour trends but making the call on what's about to be hot and what's definitely not hasn't exactly been easy lately... more

Black book

Black book

New and notable announcements from across the industry... more

Resene Total Colour Award Winners 2021

Colourful kudos

See the projects that took home honours at this year's Resene Total Colour Awards

In Resene's 75th year, it seems fitting that the latest Resene Total Colour Awards have been a true celebration of all things colour. From neutral to bright, pastel to weathered, each winner's palette is distinctively unique in hue – yet all share an excellence in colour selection... more

HIstory in the making - architectural conservation

History in the remaking

Old and new work hand-in-hand to breathe life back into an architectural gem

In a city that lost so much to the 2011 earthquakes, it brings great satisfaction to share stories of those who have championed the conservation of salvageable buildings – especially projects that not only have significance to Christchurch but also to the country as a whole... more

Sky-high optimism - an uplifing mural

Sky-high optimism

An uplifting mural brings positivity to the side of a prominent Sydney apartment building

At a time when Sydney needs it most, an inspiring new mural titled As One Door Closes, Another Opens has been unveiled at a prominent junction near Sydney's Kings Cross Station... more

Working through it - the future of workplace design

Working through it

Three designers discuss the key trends that are shaping the future of workplace design

For the better part of two years, we have seen nearly every industry grappling with an astounding pace of change. But with more people working from home than ever before, commercial office design is, without question, one of the most rapidly evolving project typologies around... more

Walls with the wow factor - eyecatching wallpaper

Walls with wow factor

Solicit a reaction with eye-catching recent releases from the Resene Wallpaper Collection

Flowers with power • Artful architecture • Striking shapes • Moody masterpiece • Fronds and feathers • Captivating curves... more

Grape expectations - bespoke architectural projects

Grape expectations

Victoria Read turns a passion for her home region into a fruitful career

There are many different roads that can lead us to specialising in specific project typologies – so many, in fact, that no two journeys to get there are ever identical... more

Trending toward texture - using textured finishes

Trending towards texture

Finishes that draw the eye – and the hand – have never been more popular

As one of the fundamental elements of design, texture plays an important role in everything we create – no matter what your medium... more

8 questions with Steve Rosling

Over the rainbow

8 questions with Steve Rosling

Steve Rosling dishes on his favourite colours, sources of inspiration and the design icon he'd most like to dine with... more

Raising the bar - a vivacious gin bar

Raising the bar

A strong concept and a cohesive colour scheme come together in a vivacious gin bar

One of Christchurch's newest 'it' bars started its life in December 2018 as a tiny pop-up in a single carpark bay on Victoria Street, but it didn't take long for Brett and Hollis Giddens to see gin gin's concept could be successfully scaled into a larger brick- and-mortar context... more

Championing colour - use of colour in the build environment

Championing colour

Belinda Burke infuses her Master of Architecture thesis with chromatic inspiration from near and afar

When you have gained first-hand experience of the benefits that come from living in an environment brimming with vivid colours, returning home to find streets lined with subdued homes decorated in soulless neutrals can be pretty disenchanting. But instead of letting it hamper her, architectural graduate Belinda Burke was ignited to advocate for confident use of colour in our built environment... more

Designed to the nines - fashion design students impress

Designed to the nines

A look at the fashion design students who are ready to paint the town red

Jordan Tay says the outfit he designed in Resene Smashing is like a paintbrush stroke: bold and strong to start with, then tailing off with a flick. The 26-year-old Aucklander was inspired by memories of helping renovate his family home... more

Unchartered territory - David Trubridge's career

Uncharted territory

David Trubridge looks back on his journey to international acclaim and what he's learned

"What are you going to be when you grow up?" It's a question we get asked so often in our formative years, as though we're expected to have it all figured out – just pick a thing and go be it. But even David Trubridge, who has received the New Zealand Order of Merit for his work, didn't set out to be a lighting or furniture designer... more

Spectrum science - paint colour accuracy

Spectrum science

Getting the △E down to a T — a crash course on colour accuracy

Learn about the metric that quantifies the difference between two colours and why it's important to your projects... more

Sensitive selections

Sensitive selections

Conscientious choices that are easy on the senses and the planet

It can be easy to forget the extent of our privileges and that not everyone shares the same experience of the world that we do. Though it may not be feasible to take every sensitivity into consideration in every project, the more knowledge you have, the better your ability to make more conscientious product and colour selections... more

Whittaker's roof top signage - a larger than life logo

In great measure

Sign Foundry hand-paints a larger-than-life logo for an iconic brand

Whittaker's has long been a household favourite; the family-owned business has been making chocolate since 1896. Their operation had been based in Porirua for more than a century, and its location on the Wellington flight path spurred an idea to turn the left and above: It took 16 litres of primer, 140 litres of Resene Lumbersider and more than 1000 man hours for Sign Foundry to hand-paint this logo on the roof of Whittaker's headquarters... more

Using colour to create community ownership

Paint for the people

Four professionals using colour to create community ownership in shared spaces

Though we have great affinity and romanticism for our rural areas, New Zealand and Australia are actually both highly urban nations. According to The World Bank's DataBank, in 2020, 86.7% of New Zealanders and 86.2% of Australians lived in urban areas... more

Movers and shakers on colour and decorating trends

Colourful outlook

Seven makers and shakers weigh in on colour and decorating trends

Karen Walker • Max Patté • Paula Wallace • Kate Alexander • Katrina Hobbs • Hannah Jensen • Olivia Shaw... more

Shades and tints of white - off colour humour

Raising the white flag

Resene Technical Director Colin Gooch shares some 'off colour' humour

As you know, Resene is really noted for its strong colours but it would have been fair to say that some years ago we didn't have the greatest range of off-whites... It was decided that we should smarten our act up and do something more expansive in this area... more

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