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Canterbury designer Angelique Armstrong of Armstrong Interiors won two NKBA 2021 awards.


Clarkville Kitchen


The first was the Spatial Innovation Design – Commercial award for an inspiring showroom with a difference, the ‘Neff Market Kitchen’.
Judges noted the space had a wonderful rustic vibe while also balancing a warm and inviting refinement. “The incredible corner details on the island are clever and interesting. Simple finishes and a really good use of materials make this a perfect kitchen for a commercial home. Texture enhances this welcoming space with its flavour of provincial France,”

Armstrong Interiors was given a brief to keep within the Neff brand look and feel, but to enhance this style even further.

Angelique sourced 150-year-old reclaimed French oak beams and used them as posts at each corner of the island, cutting into the Neolith top, exposing the core of the timber on the top. They were also used to frame the back wall of units, to look as if they are supporting the brick wall. Boras Tapeter original brick wallpaper was used to complete the market feel.

Neff Market Kitchen

Angelique says both wins were a lovely surprise, especially since there were 80 entries in the kitchen categories. “We only entered kitchens this year, whereas last year we focused on our bathrooms.”

A current trend, she says, is to renovate kitchens as homeowners decide to stay put rather than sell in a high housing market.

“People want to get it right to stay in their existing homes; to make their kitchens and bathrooms beautiful to look at, functional and comfortable,” she adds.

Her second accolade came as runner-up in the 2021 Outstanding Kitchen Renovation category for the ‘Clarkville Kitchen’. Described as a modern functional kitchen, that is elegant yet has a homestead, country feel with a slight French influence. The project was part of a full house renovation in North Canterbury.

Advanced Joinery Ltd and Shane Boyd Granite worked with her on the project.

The judges said the renovation was a beautiful transformation with gorgeous finishes. “This kitchen is completely sympathetic of the architecture of the home and is so well considered. “The design of the kitchen brings the outside in, which is always well received. The renovation includes the addition of a large workhorse scullery that uplifts and improves the lifestyle of the homeowners. A generous and warm space,” they added.



Award-winning joinery: Murray Hewitt Joinery

A true master of wood with a lifetime of creative skill, Murray Hewitt is installing warmth and flair into South Island homes.



From a Kaikoura kitchen to a West Coast bach, the team at Murray Hewitt Joinery is as adaptable as it is specialised.

Wood combines heart and history. An heirloom oak table with its time-loved patina, was recently repurposed into a beautiful dresser.

“Some Canterbury homesteads have used the farm’s old oak tree or macrocarpa for their interior and exterior joinery, for example door frames, colonial-look double-hung windows, and solid-wood bifold doors,” Murray says.

Kitchens look amazing when functionally combining wood joinery with the likes of laminate and stainless-steel benches – the best of both worlds.

“Tying the kitchen to the living area in the same hard-wearing American oak gives continuity. We can stain it any colour to perfectly match or contrast throughout the home.” He says walnut with its beautiful grain is also popular.

From a wardrobe in gold high-gloss stained solid wood, to an inbuilt entertainment unit that blends with surrounds, it’s a close team’s creative efforts.

“Donna Weir, our inhouse designer, shares her wealth of ideas with clients, and Steve who works alongside me shares my passion for timber.”

Contact them on (03) 343 0360, email or visit the website.


Award-winning local joiners

Joinery is not simply a trade; it is a highly-skilled craft practised for centuries. Professional excellence in the craft is celebrated in the annual Registered Master Joiners’ national awards programme showcasing a range of constructions, such as kitchens, doors, windows and benchtops.


The Joiner Shop’s award-winning kitchen


Canterbury joiners featured in the recent national awards. The outstanding level of quality and detailed workmanship demonstrated by Sydenham Joinery of Christchurch and The Joiner Shop of Kaikoura are representative of the high standards that customers are assured of when they use joiners who are masters of their trade and members of Registered Master Joiners.

“Sydenham Joinery won the award in the Best Door or Window Category,” says Canterbury Branch President Nathan Busch. “And The Joiner Shop won Best Kitchen under 20,000 as well as the Best Canterbury Region Award. Our branch is immensely proud of these members. Their work and talent have definitely helped to raise the profile of the joinery craft in people’s minds and that is what we set out to do.”

Members of the Registered Master Joiners Federation pride themselves on craftsmanship, integrity and client satisfaction.

“We are specialists and leaders and innovators in the manufacture and supply of often technically challenging bespoke joinery. Our master craftsmen are committed to delivering nothing but the best.”


The best of design

A grand manor restored beyond its former glory, a moveable community hub and modern beachside dwelling were the three Canterbury-based winners at the 2020 ADNZ Resene Architectural Awards recently.

The region was well represented across the seven national awards, hosted by Architectural Designers New Zealand (ADNZ) and judged by senior lecturers in architecture at AUT, Dr Kathy Waghorn and Dr Anthony Brand; senior architecture academic at Ara, Irene Boles, and Resene Colour Consultant Rebecca Long.

Michael John of AO Architecture won the Resene Residential Multi-Unit Dwelling Architectural Design Award for his work on Thornton Earl Manor in Cashmere; Pippin Wright-Stow of F3 Design won the Resene Commercial/Industrial Interiors Architectural Design Award for The Green Lab; and Aaron Jones of Urban Function Architecture received the Resene Colour in Design Award for his design, Taylors, in Sumner.

Thornton Earl Manor was constructed at the turn of the century by the England Brothers, a renowned architect and builder of early Christchurch.

Simon Larkin, Larkin Design


Simon Larkin, Larkin Design


Simon Larkin, Larkin Design

Judges called the work by Michael, “a very special project” as he re-restored the manor, which had just had renovations completed before the Canterbury earthquakes.

Now, the sprawling home complete with swimming pool and tennis court can be locked into four separate apartments.

The Green Lab is a moveable, multi-use space developed by F3 Design for a local not-for-profit organisation.

Mick Stephenson & Jordan Hampson


Mick Stephenson & Jordan Hampson
Mick Stephenson & Jordan Hampson

The space is the organisation’s flagship; a communal hub, workshop space, classroom, site office and meeting space all in one. Judges called the project, “small but perfectly formed”.

In Sumner, Aaron Jones of Urban Function Architecture received the Resene Colour in Design Award for his design, Taylors. Judges say the project is “excessive in style and concision” and has overcome topographical challenges to maximise views, sunlight and family living over its 75sqm footprint.


Stephen Entwisle


Stephen Entwisle


Stephen Entwisle



Local architecture shines on national stage

A handful of Canterbury architects and buildings have been shortlisted in the New Zealand Architecture Awards.



The shortlist was whittled down to 45 from the hundreds of regional winners, including 25 from Canterbury, as part of the annual peer-reviewed programme run by Te Kāhui Whaihanga New Zealand Institute of Architects (NZIA).

Amongst those shortlisted are Architype’s Bathroom Pavilion in Ashburton in the commercial category; Athfield Architect’s Rehua building at the University of Canterbury in the education category; Coll Architecture’s multi-unit category finalist on Madras Street; WSP Architecture’s interior architecture category finalist for St Patrick’s Church in Lincoln, and Sheppard & Rout Architects’ Dark Sky Project at Lake Takapō in the public architecture category.

The next stage of judging will see the awards jury visit each building around New Zealand on a nationwide tour.

The jury is led by Auckland architect Michael Thomson and includes fellow architects Lynda Simmons, Fiona Short and Anthony Hoete.

Michael says the shortlisted projects demonstrate the breadth of work undertaken by New Zealand architects, and it was particularly pleasing to see five in the multi-unit category.


“There has been a shortage of good-quality multi-unit housing in New Zealand, and it’s good to see this type of building getting the attention it needs from architects and their clients.”

Shortlisted projects elsewhere around the country include an opera house, a bowling club, an airport terminal and an eco-sanctuary.


2020’s exceptional architectural identities: NZIA Awards

Post-quake, our rebuilding city was recognised as a commercial playground for talented teams to create dynamic, contemporary designs, alongside the strengthening of some of our more grandiose architectural identities.




Although we’ve long since moved through the ‘rebuild’ phase of construction in our southern spot, the world-class level of architectural achievement has lost none of its momentum; a fact which is evident in the 35 local projects which have been shortlisted in the 2020 Canterbury Architecture Awards from a record number of entries in the awards programme of the Canterbury Branch of Te Kāhui Whaihanga New Zealand Institute of Architects (NZIA).


The difficult task of shortlisting entries was handed to a jury led by Christchurch architect Huia Reriti, fellow Christchurch architects Bernadette Muir and Daniel Sullivan, Wellington architect Anne Kelly, and Christchurch architecture designer Tobin Smith.

“Making the shortlist is a significant achievement, especially in what was a very productive year for architecture in the Canterbury Branch region,” jury convenor Huia Reriti says.


“The shortlist includes outstanding examples of the wide range of buildings that architects design, from schools, offices, public buildings and churches to houses and apartments.”

Among the projects shortlisted for the 2020 Canterbury Architecture Awards, which is supported by Resene, are the restored Christchurch Town Hall and a new town square in Greymouth.


‘Starchitecture’ is given a new meaning by two shortlisted projects – a building on the Ilam Campus of the University of Canterbury named for the eminent New Zealand astronomer Beatrice Tinsley, and the Dark Sky building in the Aoraki Mackenzie Basin.

The COVID-19 lockdown has meant that site visits to shortlisted projects by juries around the country have been put on hold.

Resumption of the visits or the adoption of alternative means of deciding award-winners are dependent on the national measures adopted to combat the COVID-19 pandemic.


30 year real estate journey

“Not bad for a girl from Shirley!” Alison Aitken of Harcourts Grenadier chuckles as she recalls her progress over the years from selling real estate in her own backyard to being inducted into the Harcourts’ Hall of Fame – the first real estate agent in the company to be awarded this honour by her peers.


Recognition at this level does not come without hard work, dedication and a genuine interest in both people and the real estate industry.

Rewind to 1990 and Alison enters real estate as PA to her agent husband. “I was thrown in at the deep end, but found I loved the environment.

That gave me the confidence to become an agent myself in 1991. It was a job I could do while balancing my role as a mother of two small children.”

During her journey of nearly 30 years in the business, Alison has proved she has the attributes required to win her clients’ trust.

“I’ve been lucky to have been asked to sell properties for more than one generation of families. I think perhaps I might be doing something right. I certainly do put 100 percent into my work. It is not a part-time business.”

Alison also truly loves running open homes and seeing and talking to so many people she knows.

“My experience has taught me that although every client and every property is different, everyone deserves to be treated with respect, consistency and care. My greatest joy is the people I work with.”

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