Photography by Josh Griggs

Hello to you, Fabric. Located in the former aircraft repair facility of the Royal New Zealand Air Force (read – huge cavernous and industrial space), at Auckland’s Hobsonville Point. (If you’re visiting Auckland during the week, you can take a ferry from downtown Auckland right to here).

Walker Mitchell designed this space, with its soft muted tones that contrast the industrial bones, and clever use of frosted glass panels to divide the interior into sections, creating a more intimate feel in such a high-studded space. (I think we’re going to start seeing a lot more fluted glass in interior design going forward – mark my words.)

Predictably, I high key love the heavy blush linen drapes, and of course the iconic Danish furniture.

The brand identity also deserves special mention. Sophisticated, yet simple and soft it was designed by Jade Young Studio.


Material Creative


When I heard one of my favourite NZ interior designers, Material Creative, had a new office space, I knew I had to send someone along to shoot it for you guys.

A turn of the century building on Auckland’s K Road, the empty shell was first re-designed and extended by Glamuzina Architects. With a beautiful blank canvas to work with, Material Creative’s founders Toni Brandso and Liv Harper lead their team (now seven-strong) in the complete fit-out of the space,  and then invited a bunch of brand friends to join them.

They’ve created a workspace with that’s an extension of who they are as designers and people – light and bright, high quality but hospitable, on trend but one step ahead.

The space is shared with Nodi Rugs, Hannah Design Studio, Brandology, Gault’s and Amber Armitage

Genuine Thonet chairs and original floorboards…

Material Creative designed the LED and had it made locally

That beautiful deep green paint is Aalto Domain, and the small green tiles are from Tilespace.
P.S: Can we just stop to appreciate the black power switch for a second? OK, good, on we go.

Those half circle handles were an ikea find from years ago
(the girls were just waiting for the right project in which to use them)

The materials library, with shelving by Lundia, and some beautiful lights that
first made their first appearance in Biskit eatery in Parnell (designed by Material Creative)

The centrepiece of the materials library is the marble-topped vintage table, found on TradeMe

Probably my favourite bit (next to the kitchen tiling and paint) are these linen curtains,
used to close off and delineate spaces and give a residential feel

Shared desk space, below the best-looking ceiling you’ve seen in a while

Another one of those custom-made LEDs injects some modernity into the classic architecture

My all-time fave print by Anthony Burrill

When someone’s office is more comfortable than your own house… 
love the layered rugs (from Nodi) and the use of old plan drawers as a table

One of two meeting rooms (the paint colour is Chevron, by Aalto)

Love this wall colour – Aalto’s Sovereign

Did we just become best friends, guys? I have this same sink and black tapware

Material Creative purchased the cactus pattern as a stock image
and had their sign guys print it as a wallpaper 

The green grout is a genius move


See some of the commercial spaces Material Creative have designed, over on their website.


Photography by Josh Griggs for The New



New Opening: Culprit, by Walker Mitchell Interior Architects


I want one of these black trolleys (spot the pink wheel hub) at my place
Photography by Josh Griggs

So I’ve decided that the inaugural meeting of the NZ Design Appreciation Society (NZDAS) will be held at this new joint, Culprit – a big brick loft, tucked up a stairwell on Auckland’s Wyndham St.

The fit-out was designed by Auckland interior architect Kirsty Mitchell of Walker Mitchell (she’s responsible for some of the best-looking eateries in Auckland) with the brief of capturing the energy of Culprit’s young chefs and the food they create.

Those young chefs are Kyle Street and Jordan Macdonald (alumni of Al Brown and his eateries Depot and Federal Deli), and the food they create is described as seasonal tastes and bites, served yum-cha style. At each of the two sittings (6pm and 8pm), different dishes circulate around (that’s where those cool black trolleys with the pink wheels come in), all plated on imperfect white ceramics handmade by Morgan Haines, and you can say yay or nay to each one. I think Kyle and Jordan are way pavers – watch this concept grow in New Zealand from here…

Back to that fit-out… Walker Mitchell’s design celebrates and emphasises features of the old building, while contrasting its history with sharp contemporary details like the strip lighting and steel work. The kitchen was positioned in the middle of the dining area – the focus here is on the art of cooking and being able to watch the chefs prepare your food.

Culprit’s brand identity is by Studio South.

(Also, Melbourne, watch yo front. We’re coming for you…)


Photography by The New contributor Josh Griggs
Definitely also go follow Josh on Instagram.



Talking to: Blink Boys

Blink Boys’ studio signage – inspired by the latest Kayne album
Blink Boys share their studio space with jewellery label Walter Crow

A place of work isn’t really a place of work until you have old school lockers.
I’m jealous of your exposed beams, guys

Look at these fresh faces with their fresh whips. Good mates since school, and now running their own marketing agency in Auckland. For a change of blog scenery, I thought I’d ask some questions and let the Blink Boys tell their story for themselves…  

Who are the Blink Boys?
At its core the Blink Boys are Andrew Slane (26), Tim Slane (25) and Asher Walker (27). We went to Dilworth School together and have been in each other’s pockets ever since. Bigger than the Blink Boys is Blink Ltd, our ‘official’ company. We’re lucky to have some awesome people who work with us and a network of experts that we can call on. 
How did Blink Boys come about? 
The Blink Boys came about after a tropical holiday in the Perhentian Islands. Having always had a desire to do our own thing and over one too many piña coladas Andrew and I decided to leave our work and go out on our own. Andrew had been the general manager of a print company and I had been working in advertising. When we returned, we teamed up with our good friend Harrison Burt who was a freelance web and graphic designer and Blink was born.

Originally we focused on building websites, design and running social media campaigns. Nine months later, Tim who had been working at a print and signage company joined us to start the signage side of the business and as they say the rest is history. Harrison’s moved on to some other projects but we’ve been lucky to nab designer Gabi Lardies to fill his shoes! 
What do you offer as Blink Boys?
We focus on creating value through a range of digital and signage solutions. We work on a broad range of projects, from brand architecture and strategy to signage design, print management and installation. We’re fortunate to have a great set of clients and be able to work on some really fun briefs. 
What are some of the projects you’ve done recently?
We’ve recently finished up doing all of the signage for this year’s Art Fair, paper cuts for Trelise Cooper’s latest lookbook and reception (printed wallpaper and vinyl) and have been working closely with South Studio on a few of their client’s signage requirements. Branding wise we’ve been working on a new Rum brand which has been super fun and we’re looking to launch the new Public Library website in the next month or so.
Tell us about your space – where is it, who do you share it witf?
The ‘Blink Factory’, as we’ve nicknamed it, is tucked away on Exmouth Street in Eden Terrace. After spending a year working above the Golden Dawn on Ponsonby Road, in a small corner office that overlooked the busy street, we plucked up enough courage to take on a bigger space. The space was formerly a dance studio so we lucked out with the polished wooden floors and high ceilings. Up until recently, artist Henry Christian Slane rented a room from us. He’s moved out so we’re currently converting the front area into a space where anyone with great ideas can hot desk and a smaller area into a photography studio. It’s exciting being in a place that has so much potential. 
And two of you also run the jewellery brand Walter Crow?
Andrew and Asher run Walter Crow with another friend we went to school with. Part of our studio has been converted to a showroom for Walter, we’re looking forward to using the space for more activations for the brand. Watch this space.
What was the scariest part of going out on your own and did that fear turn out to be founded? 
The scariest part of starting Blink was venturing into the unknown. We started with one small client and had no idea whether we were going to make enough money to even pay the rent. When starting something new, there’s always going to be the fear of failure but you’ve just got to keep moving and push on. It definitely wasn’t all smooth sailing to begin with but we’re not bogged down with too many commitments so our lifestyle adapted! 

What other NZ brands or creatives (individuals) inspire you?

We’re inspired by the young people around us doing rad stuff in Auckland, no matter what the field – people like Connor and Charles from Ceremony/Homestead, the guys at I Love Ugly, Angus from Angus Muir Design and the team at Think and Shift

What’s some of the best and worst parts about being in business with good friends? The line is definitely blurry between on and off the clock. It can be hard to switch between the work and friend zone, we’ll be out for dinner with our partners talking about projects that we’re working on. Safe to say we’ve been given the hard word that Blink work doesn’t happen over pad Thai on a Friday anymore. The big bonus is we don’t see our best mates once a week, we get to hang out everyday! 

What’s one golden piece of advice you would give to someone wanting to start their own thing?

There’s no time like the present. Just stay focused and remember that people are the most important thing. 

Blink Boys  website   /   signage microsite  /  Instagram

Photography by Josh Griggs for Fancy
Check Josh’s work out on Instagram.

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