One more sleep until the Urbis Designday! What's been happening with our installation with Kathryn Wilson Footwear and Coastal Design? Check out the Urbis interview with Jo Eddington below...
When the three-way collaboration between Coastal Design, shoe designer Kathryn Wilson and leading concierge company Touch of Spice was announced, everyone was fascinated to see what would emerge. With Urbis Designday only a few days away, Urbis spoke to designer and owner of Coastal Design, Jo Eddington, about what`s in wait for Designday guests visiting the showroom.
Q Can you describe your installation in five words?
???You`ll have to come see!
Q What is waiting for Designday guests when they arrive at Coastal Design?
Im pretty excited to make our debut at Urbis Designday 2012. I won`t give too much away though! We`ve taken the theme Colour in Motion and put our own unique and fun twist on it, so expect vibrant, rich colour???drama ???and a few quirky surprises!
Q What has been the best thing about working with Kathryn Wilson and Touch of Spice?
The best thing is the incredible buzz and excitement around creating something unique and fun for our first Designday. Kathryn is a great friend so I was thrilled to collaborate with her as my creative partner. She`s an incredibly talented designer with amazing ideas ??? anyone who knows Kath knows how infectious her energy is so that has been great. As soon as we sat down together we immediately knew what we wanted to do and we set about bringing our vision for Designday to life. That`s when Jacqui and the Touch of Spice team stepped in. It is brilliant to have them involved; their ability to pull off first class events is renowned New Zealand wide, so they are taking care of every last detail to bring our ideas to life. How lucky are we! We are also fortunate to have some fantastic sponsors on board including BMW, Veuve Cliquot, M.A.C, Westpac Private Bank, Kim Crawford Wines, Natural Tree Products, Vide Flora and more.
Q Any stressful moments in the preparation?
None so far - just lots of good energy! We`ve got a cool support team working crazy hours this week to make the day great and we`re all just really excited. I`m looking forward to seeing everyone and hoping they enjoy our installation, as we plan on having seriously good fun on Saturday.
Touch of Spice is delighted to be involved in the Urbis Designday working with Coastal Design and Kathryn Wilson Shoes.
Touch of Spice is working with such great New Zealand talent as a "creative" sponsor to help pull the look and feel of the installation together.
Coastal Design is recognised as New Zealand`s most popular outdoor furniture brand while Kathryn Wilson is New Zealand`s most successful footwear designer, celebrated for her innovative designs and exceptionally high quality.
More than 100 guests including some of the country`s most inspiring creatives and many of Auckland`s leading design showrooms congregated on the Roxy Rooftop Terrace for the exclusive launch of Urbis Designday 2012 and the big reveal of the designer pairings.
This year`s creative talent - a fusion of designers from the worlds of fashion, art, architecture, interiors, furniture, landscape, spatial and graphic design - are currently collaborating with their showroom partners to create a series of temporary installations, open to the public for one day only on Saturday 24 March.
The Urbis Designday 2012 theme is `Colour in Motion` and it is up to the design collaborations to decide how they interpret this within their showpieces.
Tickets are now on sale at eventfinder.co.nz for $30 per person or $50 for a double. The ticket cost includes chauffeured transport around the showrooms throughout the day and decadent and interesting hospitality along the way. The day runs from 10am to 5pm on Saturday 24 March.
The 2012 NZ Millennium Cup is underway in Auckland. Racing started at 11am this morning, with 2 further days tomorrow and Saturday.
As this stunning picture taken today shows, members of the public, even those on shore, will this year be able to enjoy close-up views of an impressive fleet of luxury superyachts as they compete in the regatta.
Racing on the three days of this prestigious event will take place close to shore, in the Waitemata harbour and inner Hauraki Gulf. This means those on vantage points at Devonport, North Head, Bastion Point, on the East Coast Bays and Whanagaparoa Peninsula, as well as along the Motutapu and Rangitoto shorelines, will be able to see all of the action as these luxurious 30-metre-plus vessels battle for supremacy.
NZ Millennium Cup organisers have designed courses that start and finish off Viaduct Harbour, ensuring there will also be good viewing at both ends of the races for those working in the CBD.
When not racing, the superyacht owners and their guests will be given the chance to experience some of New Zealand`s finest food and wine in a mixture of casual and formal settings. These will range from a "Kiwi bach" themed post-race function in the Floating Pavilion to a formal gala dinner and prizegiving in The Cloud on Princes Wharf, complete with a charity auction to raise money for Coastguard, both organised by our Events division, Touch of Spice Events.
Jacqui Spice is featured in the following article in Business pages of the New Zealand Herald talking about assisting discerning travellers and clients in New Zealand.
Jacqui Spice, the founder of luxury concierge business Touch of Spice Group, gets to see how the other half lives. In fact she takes the next step - she figures out how they might like to live and then sets about making it happen while they are in New Zealand.
Named one of AmericanConde Nast Traveller`s Top Travel Specialists for 2011, Spice started her career on super yachts in her 20s, based in the Bahamas and Europe. Her work then, as now, was about sourcing and supplying whatever her clients needed. She still remembers organising the transport of a specific pot of yoghurt on a jet from New York to Croatia for a United States client. "That was an expensive pot of yoghurt," she says.
It was a world where "expectations were very high and nobody took no for an answer", she says.
Spice set up Touch of Spice in 2005. She had been working as the general manager of customer service at The Spire Hotel in Queenstown and had heard numerous complaints from overseas visitors that they couldn`t get any response from tourism operators after 5pm.
Spice`s initial business model for Touch of Spice was to work for a handful of clients from her home. Her mission statement for the business was and is: "We are 24/7, we think outside the box and never say no."
View the full article on our Media pages.
The Rugby World Cup 2011 is approaching fast. Let Touch of Spice organise your exclusive accommodation, VIP and/or event services in Auckland and throughout New Zealand.
Our team can also assist with facilitating your clients` on the ground requirements on your behalf throughout the tournament. And as event professionals creating unique and stylish functions we can assist with your entertainment needs as well be it a chic cocktail party for 50 or a gala dinner for 200!