The Hotel Grand Windsor, MGallery in Auckland’s CBD is a heritage building that has been extensively redeveloped transforming this 1920s art deco site into a luxury 5-star hotel. Recently awarded the ‘best new hotel’ at the World Boutique Hotel Awards, Hotel Grand Windsor is a perfect blend of classic and art deco design with accents of elegance.
The original architecture and interiors provided lead designers, Space Studio with a great foundation in which to create the luxury aesthetic that is identifiable with an MGallery Hotel.
The brief for Space Studio was to turn what was a 3-star, dilapidated backpackers into an international hotel brand reflecting a boutique and feminine aesthetic.
In doing so, they researched the history of the building and worked on the concept of the Windsor Jewels. This resulted in four key themes: Aquamarine, emerald, tourmaline, and amethyst that have been introduced though the guest rooms.
To ensure the interior scheme was carefully coordinated throughout, a consistent colour palette has been used in the wall coverings with room themes achieved through applying different interior elements and soft furnishings.
Key to the project brief was the specification of fit for purpose fabrics that meet all the necessary standards for a hospitality/commercial build while delivering the brief on colour, quality and aesthetic for each space.
Space Studio worked closely with the James Dunlop team to source specific fabrics for all furniture upholstery including sofas, chairs, headboards, poufs and accessories such as cushions and trims as well as drapery. Heavy duty, fire resistant and fire retardant fabrics that delivered a high end aesthetic were crucial to the success of the Windsor Jewels concept.
Fabrics were selected based on their ability to create the different themes yet at the same time, keeping it simple for housekeeping. The interior design needed to be as uncomplicated as possible. Headboards throughout the hotel were specified in Chateau, Barbarian and Code with other key furniture and accent pieces featuring:
Sofas – Rich, Astoria, Izmir, Pebovino
Cushions – Rich, Couture, Hudson
Bar stools – Joker, Maestro
Dining chairs – Maestro, Joker
Lounge chairs – Ripple, Amigo, Bahia, Maestro, Limelight Velvet, Pebovino
Desk chairs – Crocovino, Ripple, Grandstand
Poufs – Ripple
Curtain blackout – Obelisk
Private dining curtain - Seasonal
Chairs were designed with decorative fabrics on the back and a heavy duty upholstery fabric on the internal side. Space Studio specified James Dunlop fabrics for their design and ability to look good over time.
The hotel lobby, restaurant and bar were designed as one flowing space. You can eat anywhere within these areas, giving guests the flexibility in how the space is used. This required the furniture to be able to withstand high traffic, stains and spills. Durable, easy clean fabrics were vital for this project and the James Dunlop range offered Space Studio the ideal solution.
Alongside the fit-out, branding delivery and customer service were carefully considered, keeping the continuity throughout so that the total scheme resonates.
The entire redevelopment was completed over a two year period, while the backpackers was still operating. Gradually, the fit out was undertaken from the top floor down with completion in July 2017.
AA Insurance have recently transformed their Auckland headquarters.
Commercial interior specialists, STACK have revamped AAI’s offices into a modern yet functional space. The idea was to create a contemporary design that incorporated AAI core values whilst still appearing professional.
By contrasting AAI’s distinct brand colour of a vibrant yellow against multiple tones of blue, they gained a refreshing and unique aesthetic. Perfectly stylised with a variety of complimenting fabrics consisting of patterns, prints and plains, adding detail and sophistication to the electric colour palette.
Overall, the interior re-vamp resulted in a fun and friendly atmosphere whilst retaining professionalism and the essence of AA Insurance.
Space Studio has recently completed the interior fit-out of the newly opened Sofitel Wellington – a $50 million, 130-room hotel.
Sofitel is a premium hotel brand for the French company Accor. The project was envisioned as a 5 Star Sofitel hotel and to this end the design had to reflect the Sofitel brand parameters.
Space Studio's vision for the design was to leverage on the beautiful surrounds of the botanic gardens and Wellington’s heritage creating a vibrant, colourful, eclectic warm environment that met the Accor standards for Sofitel.
A number of James Dunlop and Mokum fabrics were used throughout the project - specifically on chairs, sofas, headboards and accessories. The colour and pattern offering in James Dunlop Textiles range of fabrics were particularly suitable to the theme and worked beautifully to craft a luxurious experience which is what Space Studio wanted to achieve. The fusion of colour and pattern is seen as you transition through various spaces linking in the botanic inspiration.
Speaking to what guests are looking for in luxury hotels today, Sofitel Wellington is unique, boutique and offers a level of luxury not previously prevalent in the Wellington market.