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April 3, 2014
Cool Canadian countryside coupled with warm Escea flames.

In a poetic contradiction, the spectacular view visible from the floor-to-ceiling windows is powerful to the soul yet delicate to the eye; a picture perfect surround which is complemented by the subtle, earthy components scattered throughout the home. To capture the countryside, Herman De Oliveira chose design features which would echo our ecosphere, from a marble slab bench top and polished wooden floors to an Escea NZ River Rock fuel bed.

ST900 Case Study Exterior View

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October 26, 2013
A chic urban interplay of light and dark

This apartment in the heart of Sydney pairs cool neutrals with clean lines for the last word in understated urban cool. The combined kitchen/living area features a beautiful, dramatic dark polished wood floor. A bookshelf in the same solid, dark wood stretches across an entire wall, effortlessly imparting that sense of solidity, history and permanence that can be so elusive in smaller apartments.


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October 22, 2013
Rural retreat with sweeping vistas and Escea DL850

The site of this luxury rural retreat is so perfect – all-day sun, sweeping views, lush green pastures – that prospective home builders might have been tempted to rest on their laurels and let the landscape do all the talking. Luckily, the owners of this home resisted that temptation. The result is a home which is at one with its natural surrounds while still making a strong design statement.


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April 15, 2013
Luxury in Lakeshore Springs

As architects can often appreciate, the surrounding landscape can really frame, enhance and showcase a finished home and these state of the art river retreats are the perfect example.

Five contemporary holiday villas line this exclusive Wanaka lakefront, and in keeping with this earthy but opulent location, the design and materials do poetic justice to this unrivaled Central Otago backdrop.

Winning the premier architecture regional multiple housing award from The NZ Institute of Architects for criteria such as innovation, livability and quality execution, Chris Prebble Architects have been endorsed for their creativity and sensitivity to the surrounding areas. The end result is a truly luxurious summer and ski accommodation complex that maximises nature’s elements.

The architects had lofty goals of achieving the best high end ski accommodation in the country and it appears that their mission is complete, plus they have now been officially rewarded for their efforts and sophisticated design cred.

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April 8, 2013
Farm Style Show Home Exudes Relaxed Family Living

This smart two-storey show home designed by architect Cameron Baker for Jalcon Homes is a leading example of practical, contemporary family living.  It combines a functional living environment merged with clever simplicity while demonstrating a flair for modern practical design.

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March 11, 2013
Escea heats Central Otago home with spectacular views

This architecturally designed home is a masterclass in creating a contemporary home that compliments its natural surroundings. This home sits majestically amongst the spectacular landscape of Central Otago.

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February 15, 2013
Case study – Mason and Wales home

If you build your house on the cusp of a natural reserve, in order to blend in with the surroundings it’s important to bring something of the outdoors in. One house that has done just that – successfully incorporating nature and paying homage to its surroundings – is this home, designed by Francis Whitaker of architectural firm Mason & Wales.

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December 7, 2012
By the Sea – Affordable Living with an Ocean Vista

The owner wanted this house to be renovated without the panoramic view of the ocean being affected in the process. The result created by Rebecca Jansma from Space Grace & Style is a simplistic design yet, high on functionality.

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September 25, 2012
Avant-garde house with the warmth of an Escea fireplace

The very thought of relaxing in a house that is structurally unique, cosy and architecturally modern evokes images that are soothing as well as tempting.

Boora Architects metal house with Escea fireplace

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September 13, 2012
Superb wine, fine dining and a fireplace – perfect restaurant

The quintessential Christchurch dining place Saggio di Vino is again open in the New Zealand garden city, after experiencing devastating earthquakes in September 2010 and February 2011. This is clearly an exciting piece of news for wine and fine dining enthusiasts. The food is great, the wine list is exceptional and the owners Lisa & Yommi are just as hospitable as ever.

Saggio di Vino with Escea DX1500 fireplace

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