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Simply Wow


Nestled amongst vineyards in the heart of Marlborough’s wineries, this renovated home is a reflection of personality, beautiful surroundings and its eccentric owners.

Blenheim designer Ben Solomon received the 2016 Resene Colour in Design Award at the National ADNZ | Resene Architectural Design Awards for his spirited entry. Resene Judges described his design ‘Morice and Fowler’ simply as “wow”.

The alteration project comprises additions of a master suite, garage, laundry, new grand entrance, swimming pool and barbecue area.

A gigantic single fixed window looks across the length of the swimming pool onto a mural painted with Resene paints by Blenheim-based painter and printmaker Craig Bluett.

Critical to the brief, Ben worked around existing Golden Gleditsia and Magnolia plants that hold sentimental value to the home owners. The finished result was clearly admired…

“The Golden Gleditsia has been embraced alongside the radiant and enticing interior colour palette. An outstanding, vibrant beauty”, the Resene judges said.

Ben moved to Blenheim from South Africa in 2007 and is Nomolos Ltd Managing Director. He said the vibrant colours used in the Morice and Fowler design were selected by the owners with each set of colours representing a different season.

“The mural artistically represents the owners in a semi-fictitious and timeless world with a range of extinct birds, each with its own personal and fascinating story.

“As an architectural designer, it is vitally important for me to listen to my clients’ requirements, their wants and dreams, and put their vision before my own”, Solomon said.

ADNZ CEO, Astrid Andersen congratulated Solomon on his award.

“It is wonderful to see playfulness, storytelling and bold personality in an extraordinary collaborative effort. Congratulations to Ben”, Astrid said.

Announced at an award ceremony in Auckland, Ben was joined in the winner’s circle with seven other respected national winners. The 2016 awards received 149 entries.

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