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Aimee Ralfini

Since 2012 Aimée Ralfini has curated arts activation platform Art Ache

Art Ache communicates fine art and creative thought to a wide and varied audience through events, social media, digital billboard campaigns, 100’s of radio podcasts, regular editorial art coverage and other bespoke activations. Through it Ralfini aims to strengthen New Zealand’s creative muscle and make art part of everyday conversation.

“Artists are the litmus paper of society” – AM Ralfini

Considered a ‘holy goddess of creative fecundity’ by her peers, Ralfini is credited with paving the way for New Zealand artists on social and in mainstream media, forging a path for a new wave of entry to medium level clientele after the 2009 financial crisis. 

Born and bred in Auckland, Ralfini gained a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Elam School of Fine Arts in intermedia and has spent most of her adult life working at media networks, design studios and advertising agencies. 


nz_dead_ahead is Ralfini’s latest creative offering. Inspired by the interior design of deceased estates being sold in New Zealand. 

Propelled by rising house prices with cheap upgrades, Aimee felt it was time to document the last of these outstanding monuments to a culture in rapid decline. 

nz_dead_ahead presents like a view finder of a period of idealism and “quality living” in the nation’s history.

The collection of interior and exterior photographs are all for sale at the time of selection, with many of them containing elements that will resonate with anyone who grew up in 19th century New Zealand. 

To jog memories and manifest her own, Aimee comments about the nature of the contents through several lenses; that of a realtor, a romantic novelist and an interior designer.

Ralfini works alongside sometimes collaborator Kate van der Fluit to capture as many of these quintessential relics as she can, and will continue to do so until they are no more.

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Ana Maria Torres

Ana Maria Torres establishedatarchitects in New York City in 2000. Ms. Torres is a licensed as an urban planner as well as anarchitect in both Spain and New York State. Before arriving in the United States, Ana Maria Torres was Associate Professor of Architectural Design at E. T. S. Architecture in Madrid.As a partner at Balmori Associates in New Haven, CT, where she was a principal prior to establishingatarchitects, Ana Maria Torres was responsible for the landscape and urban design of Abandoibarra in Bilbao, Spain; the Performing Arts Center of Greater Miami, Florida; the Museum of Modern Art in Osaka, Japan; and the Petronas Towers Plaza, Kuala Lumpur. She was also a finalist in the World War II Memorial Competition in Washington, DC.NYC-based female architectAna Maria Torresand her firm, at architects, collaborated with FBMI (an initiativeto empower underprivilegedcommunities inDubai) and put on a carpet installation at this past year'sDubaiDesignWeek,titled "A Dream of Few"."This project is, above all, a collaboration formed by merging the weaving tradition and a subjective understanding ofdesignand aesthetics. A conversation bloomed between a foundation and an architect; between foundation and weaver; between weaver and architect.Each carpet represents a story told through the rich tradition of the weaver, of the loom, of the instrument of weaving, of personal hand-weaving methods interwoven with the intentions, desires, and vision of the designer. This combination presents the ideal medium for an artist who wishes to cross boundaries and present a unique process of collaboration as her chosen practice."

James LaRue + Emily Haydon

LaRue Architects Reimagines an Historic Austin Home While Paying Homage to its NeighborhoodThis 107 year old house was among the few remaining in a historic Austin neighborhood.LaRue Architects took on a giant process to keep its historic preservation with 21stcentury luxury. This is one of the few residential homes in Austin with this downtown view.ArchitectsJamesLaRue and associate Emily Hayden used three-dimensional architectural modeling to create a virtual walk-through that allowed the homeowners to evaluate the exact views from each room by specific time of day.The homeowners purchased their new home in the historic and highly desirable Clarksville neighborhood which flanks the west side of Austin’s downtown. Built in 1915, the house was among the few remaining that had not been scooped up and demolished thanks to its previous owner -- who had lived in the house for over half a century and didn’t want to see it torn down. Austin basedLaRue Architectsspent time researching the home’s history and consulted with a historic restoration expert to help inform their work.The house is perched on a hill with one-of-a kind views of the Texas State Capitol and the expanding Austin skyline -- uniquely located at the threshold between the sparkling new downtown hi-rises and the historic fabric of one of Austin’s oldest and most storied neighborhoods.LaRue and Foursquare Builders took great time and care to hold on to the home’s historic character. The team set out to painstakingly restore and rebuild -- as old and new now seamlessly meld in the new 3,900 SF home.Listen to hear how James LaRue and associate Emily Haydon transformed this historic home into a wonder with uninterrupted views. Project Images will be seen on @adrianramsay and @talkdesignwith instagram