Hugo’s Bistro

Hello, Lee Broom crescent lights

Stunning blush pink mottled walls – love these muted hues

These chairs. These may just be the greatest chairs of all time.
They are the W Chair by Fabrizio Gallinaro for Billiani.

Interior Photography by Anna Kidman.


The New Zealand hospitality scene continues to outdo itself. I’ve said this before, but watch out Melbourne, we’re coming for you.

So excited today to introduce you to Hugo’s Bistro – from the team that served us the very impressive Odettes Eatery. While Odettes is light and open, Hugo’s has a more intimate, sophisticated edge. Less a sister restaurant than a debonair older brother restaurant, you might say. He’s refined, yet relaxed – the furniture, lighting and materials are sleek and high-end, but the overall feel stays inviting and warm, thanks to soft shapes (the sort of person who notices these things – like you – will notice arches and circular forms used throughout), and plenty of yummy texture and tactility. Think forest green corduroy banquette seats, blush pink walls, locally-handmade ceramics, dappled light, and brass touches. The impressive interior is the work of Clare van den Berg, co-owner of both Hugo’s and Odettes (with husband Joost).

The polished but unpretentious brand identity was created by Hannah Souter (of Hannah Design Studio), who also worked with Clare on Odettes Eatery. Hannah chose the elongated typeface of the logo to mirror the long, narrow shape of the bistro, but curved all edges as a nod to the curvilinear form of the furniture and space. Hugo’s menu design calls subtly back to sibling Odettes – folding out to the height of an A3 but with a long and slender shape to recall the Hugo’s space. A brand palette of forest green, blush, brass and grey reflects the lush colours of the bistro’s interior. Sexy as hell.

Fiend over the menu at the Hugo’s Bistro website


Project Credits

Interior Design – Clare van den Berg 
Graphic Design – Hannah Design Studio (Instagram @hannah_design_studio)
Interior Photography – Anna Kidman (@annakidmancommercial)
Design Collateral Photos – Shadowlands (@shadowlandsnz)




Sunday, everyday

A curated collection of things for little ones

Style and substance – Sunday Homestore stocks world-class NZ brand, Sans 


Sphaera soaps, handmade in Wellington. (Sweet Orange and Calendula, yum)
We’re super proud to have the best of New Zealand designed and made skincare
Grid trays from Scandinavian brand Fine Little Day


Depths by Jenna Smith, and Palm by interior designer Coco Lapine – from our collection of prints
Lots of things for the Kitchen & Table – including NZ handmade ceramics
Our black and brass wall hooks with the black Sunday Bench bench seat


We have a biiiiig selection of ceramics, all from New Zealand makers.
In all the excitement of opening a shop, I forgot to actually post here that we opened a shop. So… yeah… we opened a shop! A little design + life store – called Sunday – out at Waihi Beach.
But if you’re not anywhere close to Waihi Beach, and you can’t pop out here for a swim, and a gelato, and a visit (you totally should) you can still visit us online – because as of tonight, our online homeware store is now also open!
Sunday is also on Instagram  ~ @sundayhomestore


I find it very hard to talk about myself or big up what I’m doing (I’m forcing myself not to re-type this 14,546 times)… but I am proud to say I’m finally focusing 100% on what I love. And what I love is to curate and share the very best of New Zealand design with you. (And international design. But mainly New Zealand.)
This blog (which will continue, and elevate itself further in the new year) – and now Sunday – are both ways for me to do that.
I have so much cool, lovely stuff around the corner! – both here, on the blog for you, and at Sunday. For Sunday things, come join me over on Instagram @sundayhomestore – I’ll be keeping the blog and Sunday quite separate, generally.


Huge thanks to Rachel Dobbs (Swift & Click) for these photos of Sunday. 


You’re the actual, actual best.

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