For the sake of good­ness

Owner Greg Cornes opens the door to his new in­dus­trial-fitout cafe in­side a her­itage build­ing in Par­nell, Auck­land.

HOME Magazine NZ - - Art & Design - Pho­tog­ra­phy by Sam Hart­nett

A new Auck­land cafe in a her­itage build­ing

Your first Good­ness Gra­cious cafe, which is in Eden Ter­race, Auck­land, is a slip of a thing and this isn’t much big­ger. Co­in­ci­dence or plan­ning? This is planned – a small space is eas­ier to man­age, and the de­sign has to be so much more con­sid­ered. For me, it helps a lot when con­sid­er­ing the over­all aes­thetic. Tell us a bit about the build­ing and the area. We’re in Auck­land’s old­est sub­urb, in what I un­der­stand to be an old pa­per mill. It’s a char­ac­ter re­de­vel­op­ment by Krukziener Prop­er­ties with ar­chi­tect John War­dle. The orig­i­nal draw­ings date the build­ing as old as 1865. You worked with Pow­er­surge on this fitout and you’ve col­lab­o­rated with them be­fore. We met when I was look­ing into stools for the first cafe so it was a nat­u­ral de­ci­sion to work with them again. A big part of this de­sign was to speak a com­mon lan­guage with the orig­i­nal cafe. Where did you start with the de­sign? The steel and glass came about from the first fit-out. Sam Kenny, a good friend and de­signer, and I were look­ing for par­ti­tion op­tions with the small­est foot­print to sep­a­rate the kitchen from front-of-house in or­der to max­imise the space. Like ev­ery­thing in our spa­ces, the de­sign aes­thetic has gen­er­ally stemmed from a place of prac­ti­cal­ity. The par­ti­tion is per­fect be­cause of the small foot­print, the in­dus­trial look and the era of the build­ings in which our stores are lo­cated.

Left The moss wall by Out­side In hangs in­side and ab­sorbs mois­ture, as well as pro­vid­ing acous­tic in­su­la­tion.

Above left Owner Greg Cornes be­hind the counter at Good­ness Gra­cious in Par­nell.

Above The build­ing dates back to 1865 and is thought to have been run as a pa­per mill. Be­low left Steel and glass work in with the brick and con­nect with the fitout of Cornes’ other cafe in Eden Ter­race.

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