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Innovative inside and out: Blum

A new Christchurch showroom is not just displaying internationally recognised kitchen interior design – its architecturally-designed building is noteworthy too.



Blum has opened its innovative new South Island showroom, office, trade training, warehouse and distribution hub in Wigram, designed by Warren & Mahoney Architects.

The kitchen hardware specialists’ architectural property is purpose built, focusing on sustainability, wellness and employee wellbeing, says Warren & Mahoney Architects Christchurch Senior Associate, Simon Laurie.

This meant incorporating natural light, outdoor time out areas, acoustic design for comfortable noise levels, and materials to complement the natural local environment.

“Architecturally, the design expresses a streamlined, finely tuned and engineered outcome closely aligned with the precision of products the building will deliver,” he says.

A pitched frontage design was used to break up the scale of the warehouse for a more urban appearance.

“The showroom is a splendid double height light filled space that visually connects with the outside and features a cantilevered stair clad in blue steel.”

The key features are geothermal heating, natural ventilation systems, solar thermal for hot water generation, water recycling system and charging station for electric cars.

Blum New Zealand Managing Director Michael Hawkins says the design aligns with Blum’s own business philosophies.

“The architectural design matches our heirloom, but we also want to be relevant in the current business climate, supporting local businesses by hosting events, industry meetings, seminars and training workshops for architects, designers and cabinet makers.”

Inside, the showroom presents moving ideas and concepts for innovative kitchen and cabinetry solutions, allowing customers to experience a full-scale kitchen test drive.

The Austrian manufacturer wants to show its South Island customers how creative interior design can be when implemented with high-quality fittings in kitchens, bathrooms and living areas of all sizes.

Visit the Blum showroom at 16 Avenger Crescent, Wigram.


Craftmanship and integrity on show: Stonewood Homes

Stonewood Homes’ showhome at 48 Lanner Drive, Rolleston is simply stunning. Under the control of Warwick Isaacs and James Parker for the past three years, Stonewood’s focus has been on delivering high quality homes and excellent customer service.


Olivia Gallop, Stonewood’s Pre-Construction Manager has a particular interest in this showhome and has been involved with the project from initial concept to completion.

“The house was designed with the intention of creating an impact as soon as someone walks through the front door,” she says.

And without a doubt the single level 235sqm black brick and cedar family home does just that.

The house has two separate distinct wings. At the heart of one wing is a striking kitchen, butler’s pantry and family living area filled with natural light from the pitched ceilings featuring skylights, and full height glazing overlooking the garden. A cosy formal lounge is off to one side.

The colour palette of the kitchen and living area is moody greys with accent dark timbers, says Olivia. “We used colours and products that might not be regarded as conventional because we wanted to showcase the huge range available on the market. It’s fun to be different and playful with interior finishes and we encourage clients to put a unique and personal stamp on their homes,” she says.

In the second wing of the home is the large master suite, three family bedrooms, separate laundry and a walk-in linen cupboard. In this part of the house too there is evidence of a creative design hand at work.

The tiles on the floors of the bathrooms and separate toilet are a dramatic geometric black and white, while all the tapware is brass. The Amazonian-jungle patterned wallpaper in the separate toilet is a real conversation starter, as is the delightfully cheeky wallpaper in the nursery.

“Visiting this showhome is a great way for clients to experience the high level of craftsmanship and integrity we dedicate to building our homes and designing house plans,” says Olivia.

“The tradespeople who worked on this home are the same team who work on all our homes, so there is no difference in the standard delivered.”

Stonewood Christchurch has hundreds of home design variations available, as well as offering a design and build service.

“Each of our standard plans can be modified as we believe a new home should reflect each client and their unique style and requirements.”

Visit the showhome and talk with a new home consultant via


The Beauty of Bespoke: Bates Joinery

The Bate Joinery team has introduced virtual showroom tours and online design consultations to assist clients with their building and remodelling projects from afar.


Kitchen designed by Emma Morris at ETERNOdesign


During the lockdown, owner Mark Allworthy says some members of the team were able to work through stages of the planning process remotely from their own individual bubbles, such as pricing up plans and designing kitchens.

However, the family-run company has now returned to full production under Level 3 conditions.

Bates Joinery specialises in all kinds of bespoke joinery, including kitchens, wardrobes, vanities, stairs and balustrades, timber windows and doors, wall units and commercial projects.

Using both modern machinery and traditional tools of the trade, they continue a skill that has successfully been handed down through the generations.

“Bates Joinery has been around for more than 60 years and has experienced several recessions, which we have managed to navigate,” Mark says.

He acknowledges the support they received from Registered Master Joiners, clients and colleagues during the lockdown, particularly that of suppliers who kept them informed and updated on health and safety information.

To view a portfolio of work completed by the Bates Joinery team, visit their website and, for the full experience, ask about taking a tour of their virtual showroom.

For a free design consultation, email or call 03 388 8111.


High-end design inspiration: Bates Joinery

“You may have the universe if I may have Italy,” said Verdi and having Milan, that city of style and culture to host EuroCucina, the largest kitchen trade fair in Europe, is non-negotiable.



Mark and Jaden Allworthy, Owner and Showroom Manager of Bates Joinery, attended EuroCucina where high-end kitchens, design and technology are showcased to Europe. They returned inspired by the colossal display of latest best practice and design trends. They met designers, renowned manufacturers, and other professionals in the industry to discuss everything about the modern kitchen.

“It’s brilliant to go and learn about the state-of-the-art. From EuroCucina we got the trend forecast for New Zealand for the next few years – kitchen design is going into darker colours and soft matte blacks,” Mark says.

The trip inspired the design of Bates’ new showroom back in Christchurch. Hosted on the trip by Blum and Hafele, Mark and Jaden have introduced the latest sliding and folding hardware technology to the showroom.

The showroom has proved popular with clients who are finding decision-making easy with the range of materials displayed there, such as StyleLite acrylic supplied by Mulford Plastics, handles from Elite Hardware, High Pressure Laminate (HPL) and Melamine from New Zealand Panels Group, engineered stone benchtops from Artisan Stone, splashback in FLORIM, supplied by Archant and fabricated by Artisan Stone, and even Laminex High Pressure Laminate (HPL) and MELTECA by Laminex Group used for Jaden’s desk.