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Cool Kiwis

If Google's watchphrase is 'Do no evil', the architectural website designer's is 'Do no more than absolutely necessary'. But I think the proprietors of an Eric Morehouse Webcandy site have gone over the edge of minimalism with their site . They form the ultra-cool New Zealand practice Fearonhay – I guess they are sick of jokes about that name (but rural romps interrupted by a monster horse come to mind). Type in the minimalist fearonhay in the URL box on your browser. Up comes a black screen with a very tiny list of projects. The type size not the list. There doesn't seem to b e anything else to do so you click on one at random. The names are so small and the project names meaningless to all but friends of the practice, so you can't have the faintest idea about 'courtyard house' or 'wintergarden at the northern club'. When you do click on the latter, sigh, a slide show starts up. 'Ve haf kontrol' you mutter. Still anybody with snobby European notions about folksy provincial bumpkins will be shaken by the cool design. But the site is so cool that it declines to offer more explanation of the images than 'wintergarden at the northern club'.Who are these people? you ask yourself. Eventually you try out several of the very faint and tiny icons down the bottom right and up comes a delightfully terse one line history of the practice. Bingo! Suddenly you quite like them as well as their architecture...

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