09.03.2020

Lilian


The Lilian wordmark and menu design was created by Lotte Design – see more here

Photography by Sarah Grace

Sitting in this establishment, two good Italian proseccos in, stealing the last bite of burrata from the shared plate as you eye-up what’s for mains, you’ll probably have forgotten you’re not in some family-run osteria, on some little cobblestoned laneway, somewhere in Tuscany. You’re in Lilian – Auckland’s ‘newest oldest’ eating establishment, in the neighbourhood of Grey Lynn.

Lilian is the creation of Honey Bones‘ (we featured that space on The New when it opened, here) owners, Hugo Baird, Willy Gresson and Otis Gardner Schapiro. Lilian was actually the name of Otis’ grandmother, and the concept was for a space that would be evocative of her imagined home and hospitality – comfortable and comforting, almost humble in its simplicity.

There’s a very authentic sense of heritage here, as if Lilian’s been a part of the fabric of Grey Lynn for decades. They could have made the traditional osteria concept twee, but everything feels substantive and storied. The deep-toned, aged and detailed timber, the textured walls, the extra-thick stone and marble countertops, the genuine-vintage lighting, the handcrafted tiles… even the leather is worn-in. Nothing in the space feels new. It’s the work of Interior Architects Ctrl Space, in collaboration with co-owner Hugo. Together, they’ve created a space that feels as though it’ll be around for a while.

One of my favourite details is the pass – it could have been considered by the designers as a purely functional space, but they’ve made it a feature that adds to this rich visual story… I love the detailed European windowsill with the sash windows and pebbled glass.

Can we also just talk about how beautifully photographer Sarah Grace has captured this space? She’s saying more with light and shadow than my words ever could. For more atmospheric imagery, check out Sarah’s website, and follow her on Instagram @sarahgracephoto.

See more of Ctrl Space’s portfolio of design here, or follow @ctrl.space. Check out the Lilian menu and wine list here, or follow @lilian.akl

03.08.2018

Fabric


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.

04.07.2018

The Caker – City of Sails to City of Angels


Jordan Rondel – The Caker – outside her Auckland Cake Salon


Baking Kits (including a special collab with Karen Walker) on sale at The Caker salon

Mini Cakes being ganached. 

Young rose buds for cake decoration

Cakes heading out for daily delivery around Auckland

Last week, The New contributor Samantha Donaldson spent some time with cake kween and entrepreneur Jordan Rondel, founder of cult-status-loved The CakerJordan currently divides her time between the City of Sails and the City of Angels, so we were lucky to catch her in her K’Road Cake Salon – baking, decorating, laying out still-warm mini cakes for sale, and getting cakes ready for deliveries around Auckland.

With The Caker brand continuing to rise, Jordan now has a team of ten, and a business partner in her sister Anouk, who left a law career to manage this beautiful empire of sweet treats. When Jordan’s not helping her team bake and decorate, she’s busy with recipe creation (Jordan has two published recipe books and contributes weekly to Sunday magazine), running baking masterclasses, designing new baking mixes to be sold throughout New Zealand (there’s some limited-edition kits about to be released – keep an eye out!), and – oh, #nbd – planning for the global expansion of The Caker… specifically, a Cake Salon in Los Angeles!

She chose LA because it’s somewhere she’s spent – with her partner Stefan Sinclair (a well-known tattoo artist) – a lot of time in recent years. Her second home, really. In Jordan’s own words: “someone smart once suggested that when you decide it’s time to expand your business on an international scale, it’s important to choose a place you actually want to live. And LA is that. The lifestyle and culture just really resonates with me. Plus, despite all the other cake shops that exist in LA, there’s a very obvious niche for what we’re doing with The Caker, so fingers crossed we can fill that”.

They’ve found a location they love, so right now Jordan is working through Visa paperwork and all the legal layers for The Caker L.A.  I for one can’t wait to see this one come out of the oven…

The Caker  website & online store   /   Instagram

Jordan also has a recipes blog which she updates very regularly

Photography for The New by Wedding & Lifestyle photographer Samantha Donaldson
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28.06.2018

Eleven Fifty Four


It’s a little hard to see here, but the back wall is completely tiled in a teeny soft grey grid tile.

Wellington’s calling me this winter for a weekend of eating myself a carb-cardigan, and drinking some of the country’s best coffee and cocktails. One of the spots on the Welly itinerary is this new opening on Cuba Street, 1154. Eleven Fifty Four is a good ol’ new-fashioned Pastaria, serving fresh-daily housemade pastas and organic wine. The interior is serving me industrial and vintage vibes meets your Italian Nonna’s dining room.

Design is in the details, and my fave details are: those red mosaic tiles on the floor of the entrance (and the back wall); the red Baker stools from New Zealand furniture designers IMO; that stunning black-steel-framed suspended menu, and the fact they kept the old stained-glass windows with the HB insignia (this building was a Hallensteins Brothers factory back in the early 1900’s).

Identity design – including all the nice little brand touch-points – by Sunday Best
Interior design by Prak Sritharan

Photography here by Grace Gemuhluoglu (omg, please go and look at her portfolio)

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