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