Auckland architects Lindy and Colin Leuschke have lived in many houses throughout their lives, but their most recent move was into a Ponsonby apartment. With a beach house to escape to in the weekends, they decided it was the perfect time to downsize their city home. They got rid of a lot of their possessions and haven’t looked back. “Simplifying our house and lives has opened up more opportunities for us to do the things we want to do, rather than the things we have to do,” says Lindy.
Recently interior designer Nina Maya took us through her beautiful Palm Beach holiday house (if you missed the home tour, you can catch it here). At the centre of the main living area, a double sided Escea DX1000 divides two spaces, creating a stunning room feature.
A rundown 1960s beachside bungalow was transformed into a stunning, contemporary beach house.
Nina Maya’s family share the beach house and naturally enlisted the help of Nina Maya Interiors to extend the three bedroom bungalow into a six bedroom retreat.
Nina Maya began her career as a fashion designer, but soon enough the world of interiors beckoned and it wasn’t long before Nina pivoted full time into it, founding her own company Nina Maya Interiors.
“For me it was a natural progression, there was a lot of transferable skills having trained in design and textiles. I was very lucky that some of my first clients were fans of my fashion label and invited me into their homes to re-style their personal spaces.”
Over the next few weeks we will be sharing Nina’s family beach house with you, which features a double sided Escea DX1000 gas fireplace. Nina has lots of exciting creative projects on the go at the moment, and will be taking over the Escea instagram account so be sure to follow us for some inside glimpses of what she’s working on.
Every year the Designers Institute of New Zealand runs the Best Design Awards, the most prestigious and sought-after award for Kiwi designers, and a slight obsession for Escea’s own resident design geek, Alex Hodge, who got a taste for it by winning Gold in 2013 and entering every year since.
There’s no better place to get a snapshot of how creative our small country is when the Best Awards Finalists are announced each year, and this year was no exception with some truly inspiring entries.
Since we’ll need to wait until the winners are announced to know who is really the best of the best, in the meantime Alex has picked his favourite finalists from the Product Design category to showcase.
Many architects and designers take the opportunity of working in their own homes to experiment with untested ideas. Certainly, Chris O’Malley of Product X Architecture did when he redesigned the kitchen, dining and living room of his family’s 1975 house.
Escea understands that while the fireplace is the heart of the home, you can’t watch the latest episode of Grand Designs on our fires (yet?). We’ve endeavoured to get the TV as low as possible above the fireplace so that whether it is Game of Thrones, Suits, or The Kardashians (we won’t judge!), you won’t strain your neck with a TV too far up the wall.
One question Escea gets asked a lot, is “what size fire would be best for my 65inch TV?” – And so we’ve created this design guide, to help you match your TV to the fire or your fire to your TV.
While the images below show the optimal size match, a few inches more never hurt anyone.
There’s something very cool and urban about loft-style living, but it’s not a style of architecture we see a lot of in this part of the world. This converted Wellington meeting hall shows us that with a bit of creativity and smart design, loft living can be found in unexpected places.
Escea’s latest release, the Truly Frameless DS1400 gas fire is a finalist in this year’s Best Awards . The Best Design Awards is an annual showcase of excellence in graphic, spatial, product, interactive, and motion design.
Escea has been acknowledged as the fireplace market leaders when it comes to beauty, efficiency and technology, but it was always important that comfort and ease of use was part of that list. The in-house engineers developed the Smart Heat Technology which lives in the heart of most Escea fireplaces to make your life that bit easier.