– in­side Auck­land’s new de­sign-led Ae­sop store and Kin­dred cafe

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The de­sign­ers of Kin­dred cafe have cre­ated a cosy shel­ter in the heart of bustling Brit­o­mart.

Cre­at­ing a restau­rant that has char­ac­ter in a gold­fish bowl com­mer­cial build­ing was a chal­lenge the team from Auck­land­based de­sign prac­tice Ctrl Space rel­ished. With bars and cafes like Glass Goose, Cit­i­zen Park and Kokako un­der their belt, the com­pany has gar­nered a rep­u­ta­tion for de­sign­ing award­win­ning hos­pi­tal­ity spa­ces. So when the own­ers of the newly opened Kin­dred tasked them with de­sign­ing an eatery that felt like an ex­ten­sion of their home, a “cosy shel­ter”, in the space be­neath ASB bank in Brit­o­mart they gave it a ma­jor makeover.

The tiles on the floor were stripped back and a grinder taken to the con­crete be­fore it was sealed, giv­ing it a nat­u­ral look. Ctrl Space owner and direc­tor Chris Stevens says the tac­tile ef­fect was im­por­tant in the over­all con­cept so ma­te­ri­als like steel, brass and leather were used. “Or­ganic paint fin­ishes give depth and tex­ture, warm tim­bers and the green tones of the leather add to the nat­u­ral feel­ing,” he says.

The del­i­cate colour pal­ette adds to the fem­i­nine aes­thetic which was also part of the brief. Much of the fur­ni­ture was made lo­cally to the firm’s cus­tom de­sign. Ad­di­tional chairs and bar stools were sourced from Back­house fur­ni­ture and in­te­ri­ors spe­cial­ists. The light­ing is also be­spoke, the glass globes were hand­blown at Auck­land’s Mon­mouth Glass Stu­dio.

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