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Two broth­ers com­bine their tal­ents in a new Auck­land eatery and bar

HOME Magazine NZ - - Contents - Pho­tog­ra­phy David Straight

Broth­ers Charles and Pa­trick Wil­liams re­cently opened Wil­liams, an el­e­gantly spare all-day eatery in a new build­ing de­signed by Ar­chi­tec­tus in Wyn­yard Quar­ter, Auck­land. “We came into the space want­ing to strip it back,” says Charles of the new project. “We wanted some­thing time­less.” Sim­plic­ity aside, what mo­ti­vated your de­sign ob­jec­tives? CHARLES WIL­LIAMS We worked with Ger­rick Nu­man of Millé de­sign to draw up the space. We wanted it to be an oa­sis from the busy ur­ban life in Wyn­yard Quar­ter. It was de­signed to be a breath of fresh air, where peo­ple can slow down and en­joy good food and drink with com­pany or solo. You pre­vi­ously es­tab­lished Cer­e­mony café in Grafton, Auck­land – is there any of its DNA in Wil­liams? We loved the ca­sual and fun at­mos­phere we cre­ated at Cer­e­mony and I feel we’ve car­ried that over. Tell us about those beau­ti­ful light fit­tings. We col­lab­o­rated with Mon­mouth Glass to cre­ate a fam­ily of pen­dants for the space. Us­ing dif­fer­ent meth­ods, they were able to cre­ate a di­verse range of bulbs for the dif­fer­ent ar­eas within the eatery. You’re run­ning Wil­liams with your brother Pa­trick. Who does what? We both run the front of house, Pa­trick runs the day-to-day ser­vice of the eatery and I take a more gen­eral man­ager role, help­ing out with the kitchen and im­ple­ment­ing sys­tems.

Above Mon­mouth Glass Stu­dio cre­ated a se­ries of pen­dants to de­fine dif­fer­ent spa­ces in the café.

Above and left The all-day café serves break­fast, cof­fee, lunch and din­ner, as well as food from the counter cab­i­net.

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