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This lofty Auckland apartment nails warehouse industrial style

In her open plan Auckland apartment, Sarah Hopkinson has nailed warehouse-style living. She discusses her space.

Last updated: 1 February 2024

What was the space like before you moved in and what did you have to do?

Before we took on the premises, it was studios and a band practice room – it had a rich patina! Our very patient landlord gutted it, replaced the windows, and left us with an empty shell that I have slowly adapted over time. Because we don’t own the building, I try to invest in things I can take with me, with the exception of a few walls.

Do you ever feel like you never leave work?

The apartment is a work space – we use it to show works to clients, and we regularly host functions here. I am wary of anything that makes the apartment feel too domestic, or precious – I want it to feel like what it is – a light-industrial space, adaptable, a bit ad-hoc. So, yes, in a sense, I never leave work, but you will hear no complaints from me! It’s a privilege to live and work in a stimulating, constantly changing environment… and I don’t have to fully participate in the Auckland property market.

Are there any pieces you won’t part with or is it all up for grabs?

We are a primary-market gallery, that is, we almost exclusively sell work on behalf of the artist (as opposed to selling on behalf of a vendor) – this is how artists are supported to make work. We do work very closely with several collectors to evolve their collections – some might sell a couple of pieces a year and re-invest the profits in a new generation of artists, which is another way to support the ecosystem. I would say most of the works in my personal collection are with me for life – either because they are gifts from artists or friends, or because for me to purchase something, with my very modest budget, I have to feel very connected to it.

This article was originally published on homemagazine.nz

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Clare Chapman
Clare Chapman
Editor in Chief, HOME - homemagazine.nz

Clare has spent the last 16 years working across Australasia as a journalist, editor and writer. Her work has appeared in books and publications around the world. Clare has led editorial teams for numerous architecture and design publications. In 2020, she was appointed Editor in Chief of HOME magazine, before taking the helm as publisher in 2023.