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)



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