Architecture: In Auckland, New Zealand, two young and architecturally savvy first-home owners developed a smart but low-cost solution to the housing crisis, creating an house adapted to their needs, and using agricultural roof supports (inside) and a bank of surplus landscaping soil (outside) to elegantly define space.
For Dwell, SIMPLE MODERN IDEAS issue.
Food: In 2013, Matt Lambert founded Nolita's The Musket Room, which was both fast-tracked to a Michelin Star and won awards for its interior design by Alexander Waterworth. The chef talks washing dishes at 11, modern New Zealand food, and getting to do whatever he wants. For HOME Magazine.
Reportage: In 2011, Amnesty International described gendered violence in the Pacific Islands as "a human rights issue of epic proportions". I visited the Solomon Islands for fieldwork that year, for a series of articles documenting the socio-political factors that make it one of the most dangerous places on earth to be born female. For Metro and The New Zealand Herald.
Cover story: In 2009, Helen Clark became the first female leader of the United Nations Development Programme, after three successive terms as the Prime Minister of New Zealand. I met her in New York to find out how life at the UN was going, and weigh up her contribution to New Zealand. Cover story, Sunday Magazine.
Food: Meet the former pastry chef now running the kitchen at Scandi food institution, Aquavit, which recently garnered its second Michelin star. For Scandinavian Traveler, Spring 2015 issue.
Places: The fascinating story of The Pines, Fire Island's legendary gay enclave, and its idiosyncratic architecture. For Curbed.com.
Architecture: Even amid the bright lights and big ideas of Los Angeles, the compact concept and pared-down simplicity of the micro home is proving popular. For The Forecast — Monocle Magazine, 2015 edition.
Travel: The idea of bohemia may date back to 19th-century Paris, but the countercultural lifestyle persists, changing the landscape of neighbourhoods and cities. We visit five of the most vibrant, in Sydney, Bangkok, New York, Paris and Mexico City. For Voyeur Magazine.
Architecture: The uncompromising verticality of architect Simon Storey's low-budget, black stucco-clad Echo Park home was an ingenious response to an unusually tight site. For HOME Magazine and Dwell, October 2014
Architecture: Tucked inside native trees and backing onto a beach, this residence in New Zealand's North island is the most ambitious project to date from local practice Herbst Architects, using plenty of wood to blend into the scenery. For Monocle Magazine and the Monocle Guide to Cosy Homes.
Profile: The legendary Louise Fili found her design voice as she created almost 2,000 book covers for Pantheon. Now, her designs for food, wine and restaurants take a similar approach: creating something approachable, real and beautiful. For Inspire Magazine, Iggesund.
Travel: Newcastle, for years Sydney's unappreciated little sister, has undergone a miraculous urban regeneration, adding life and creative dynamism to its untraditional seaside charm. For Kia Ora Magazine, inflight title for Air New Zealand.
Places: Life inside the high-density urban village of Manhattan's historically controversial post-WWII housing project, Stuyvesant Town. For HOME Magazine, GLOBAL VILLAGES Issue.
Places: If things had gone according to the plans of jazz-age inventor Carl G. Fisher, today the quiet, arty fishing town of Montauk would be a northern counterpart to Miami Beach. All that's left is around 80 mock-Tudor houses, hotels and public projects. For Curbed.com.
Architecture: In Tasmania, an eco-conscious architect builds an off-the-grid prefab vacation home that combines open-plan living with rugged durability to stand up to an untamed island. For Dwell, "Smaller is Smarter" issue.
Architecture: An introduction to the work of globetrotting architect Wiliam Tozer, and the remarkable Horizontal House, an apartment built into a former car park inside the Dr Scholl's factory in London's Clerkenwell. For HOME Magazine.
Travel & food: The story of food on Santorini island is similar to that of a ship on a long sea voyage — a tale of careful husbandry, preservation and wise trading. And it's leading the way for a new school of Greek gastronomy and wine. For Dish magazine.