In the first of a series, we look at the work we have completed for the Rydges hotel in Auckland. This week we look at Rydges private dining facility, The Rimu Room, one part of The Cut Restaurant & Bar.

The brief for this space was to create a room that had an identity of its own, yet one that still complements the restaurant’s interiors and branding. A brief we think our brilliant designers have more than fulfilled.

Front and centre of the space is a bespoke native Rimu table with brass surround. Hand-made by Format Interiors, this beautiful piece set the direction of the space and inspired the room’s name. The breath-taking bronze mirror set on the wall opposite the entrance quite literally reflects the delicate curves and length of the table while creating a sense of depth within a relatively narrow space.

Beautiful River wallpaper by Emma Hayes adorns the primary wall, with the organic form of the watercolours grounding the space and radiate a sense of calm. Resene Warrior by Resene, which coat the remaining walls, compliment the subtle tones in the wallpaper and brass reliefs throughout the space.

Gold glass globe pendant lights by Alex & Corban are masterfully placed and recessed into the ceiling. Fitted with striking filament bulbs, a moody atmosphere within the space and a level of intrigue is established.

Masterfully woven Hoffman cane dining chairs from Thonet surround the Rimu table, providing seating to comfortably sit 18-20 guests. Windows within the space are secluded with black wooden blinds and sheer mesh curtains. Subtly backlit by natural daylight, a sense of privacy and elegance results.

In addition to interior design, Spaceworks were also asked to provide branding for the space. Using Rimu as the inspiration, we explored this concept finding a miraculous relationship between the Rimu tree and the Native Kakapo parrot. This almost symbiotic relationship was too fortuitous not to reflect. Custom window glazing reflected the established branding direction. Not only does this create a sense of intimacy, the brass leaf details pay reverence to the Kakapo and the delicacy and beauty of their feathering.

Consequently, our team has achieved a truly beautiful yet understated space and private dining room that is sure to entice any guest and compliment a truly special dining experience. However, not that this is just the beginning. Watch this space…