Case Study

Epsilon Hair


Having studied Classics in high school, our client had always dreamed of naming her own business “Epsilon” after the fifth letter of the Greek alphabet and the first initial of her name.  With a professional background in hairdressing, the client decided to establish her own hair salon that would express her personal values and ideals for eco-conscious, cruelty-free and sustainably minded living all the while realising her Epsilon dream.

Epsilon in ancient Greece was associated with the worship of Apollo (god of light), the connection between humans and light, and the ethereal 5th element.  This association was integral to the resulting design as, along with the brand identity and brief, it established a design language that directed the interior architecture of the space.

An empty shell divided lengthways through split ceiling heights raking three different directions was chosen for its generous height and the ability to accommodate a mezzanine. The geometry of the split-level ceilings was fully embraced. Styling stations spanning floor to ceiling are offset slightly from the wall and follow the sloping gradients above. Floating mirrors playing on the contrast of light and shadow.

Double height entrance faces the open front mezzanine through cascading greens. The staircase features as the reception backdrop providing a framework which defines the space. Wash stations are set against lush greenery growing throughout the staircase balustrade, while the mezzanine provides a sense of intimacy.

The reception counter, entrance partition and stair treads are made from rough sawn timber, old fence palings and Fijian mahogany, accentuating the handmade. Traditional lime washed walls are hand waxed sealing and enhancing texture while elements of imperfections have been embraced to enhance lightness and timelessness.

This design is a personification of the client; soft spoken, naturally beautiful, […]

Orewa Optics


When Orewa Optics approached us, they had outgrown their current premises and had acquired the neighbouring tenancy, effectively doubling their space. Being a company that have always had an eye for design, the team at Orewa Optics knew exactly what they wanted, having even engaged extensive research into the customer before we even got there. The only other thing they really needed was guidance and project management. That’s where our design team stepped in.

Building on the foundation that the Orewa Optics team had laid, our design team integrated design principles based on our extensive knowledge of retail experience resulting in a truly beautiful and immersive space.

From the outset, the space is incredibly inviting. The use of natural timber flooring, furniture and wall finishes creates an undeniable sense of warmth, including the use of repurposed Rimu behind the counter. A cool grey concrete paint pallet adorns the walls complementing the wood, even enhancing it. Considered use of paint in the brand’s vibrant orange makes a feature of specific areas within the space.

Proudly front and centre to the showroom, stands an Ascot round dining table from SM Interiors, sitting atop a faux rug recessed in the floor made from carpet tiles by Signature Floorcoverings. Overhead, a selection of paper lampshades by May Time truly capture the imagination and flood the space with soft warm light.

On the walls sits ingenious retail displays. Oversized peg boards allow floating glass shelving to be hung in an ever customisable pattern so that collections to be showcased. Overhead, designer track lighting by Light Plan allows spotlights to enhance the beautiful designer frames on display.

Dividing the line between retail and back of house sits a bespoke wooden partition by Practec Interiors, allowing the natural light […]

The Rimu Room – Rydges


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 […]



Spaceworks was asked to create a flagship concept store in a new development in Christchurch, that Wendy’s would later roll-out through its stores. The brief presented an exciting challenge. In addition to freshening up the store, Wendy’s wanted to update the branding, maintain traditional elements and introduce an industrial element into the design.

Firstly, we implemented an exposed ceiling, industrial furniture, metal gird screening and incredible upcycled signage. A custom-designed neon burger was placed as a hero feature left of the counter. Warmth was added to the space through the use of timber and fresh green imagery. The subtle tones introduced complemented the extended brand colours, with blues now being used in unison with the traditional reds in a sophisticated manner.

Family style booth seating was introduced to accommodate large dining groups. Hanging non-illuminated signage broke away for the highly digital, and sometimes intimidating, approach of competitors, refining the checkout experience.

Wendy’s new approach was enhanced with the design of a slogan wall, with hand painted graphics and typographic sayings, reinforcing to the brand direction after the customers’ first interaction with the contemporary black signage at the entrance.

The concept store has since been deemed to be a success, and it’s easy to understand why. We sure wouldn’t mind sitting down to a burger and fries in the new space. Due to this success, Wendy’s are now rolling out the design through more of its stores, so hopefully, you’ll be seeing some change at your local soon.



We felt more than privileged being invited to work with one of New Zealand’s oldest and most well renowned companies. In fact, so ingrained is this company in our culture and ‘smoko’ habits that we think you would be pretty hard pressed to find any kiwi household without at least one Griffins bikkie in their cupboards. The Griffins Food Company, the company that blessed us with the humble gingernut which forever improved the ‘cuppa’, has been around for 150 years now and shows no signs of slowing down.


Included in this company’s never ceasing innovation and expansion was a complete new head office for their team in Auckland. One of our most comprehensive office project yet, we fully utilised everything we have learned so far to create an incredibly effective office space for the Griffins team and play a part in their ongoing history.


With such a big team and the fact, they operate within the food sector, food is obviously of great importance to them. The expansive dining facilities we designed is more than testament to this. With more than enough seating to cater to the whole team and a large beautiful kitchen with all the mod cons, there’s not really a lot you couldn’t prepare on your lunch break.


What was truly unique about this office was a hot desking approach to office organisation the Griffins chose to implement. To facilitate this approach, we implemented zoning to create different work conditions that staff that could pick to work within based on their personal preferences. This included active zones, quite zones, breakout rooms, meeting rooms and informal meeting areas. In addition to this, we introduced different desk solutions, including versatile desks that could be both seated and […]



The conception of this store all started with the historic closing of the Kirkcaldie & Stains store on Lambton Quay. Our client, having previously held a space here, was left without a permanent place to sell his fine European homewares, hence time was of the essence.


In addition to time being front of mind, the budget was also incredibly important so our team had to implement clever and effective cost saving solutions whilst also ensuring the space fulfilled everything that was desired.


The client was very clear that product was to be hero of the store, and with such a beautiful selection, we couldn’t blame him. With this in mind, we implemented clean lines, neutral palettes and display solutions aplenty. As we were working with an existing retail store, we ensured we altered the space to best suit our client’s needs, including new lighting throughout to best highlight the product.


To reduce costs while ensuring quality was not completely compromised, we turned to Ikea for their innovative joinery units to display and hold as much product as possible. This was particularly important as this was our client’s first stand-alone store having operated out of a warehouse in suburbs previously where he stored all his collections. We ensured he would not need to do this again.


What resulted was a beautiful and light space that complemented its contents. Homewares were truly front and centre and will surely entice any passer-by into the store. Although there is a lot of product in the space it feels anything but cramped. By keeping the display solutions primarily along the walls the floor space feels spacious and easily houses a full sized bed in addition to many other display options. Spaceworks is very […]



Machete is the brainchild of a couple who met in New York who share different origins, one hailing from New Zealand and the other Guatemala. It is a true melting pot of these partners’ lives and the full amalgamation of passions, culture and heritage. Spacework’s role in this journey was facilitating the physical realisation of this dream, creating a beautiful and inviting space in the process that fully encapsulates this couple’s unique story and dream.

It was the owners time spent visiting coffee plantations in Guatemala that inspired the strategic direction of the café, with Machete’s focus being single origin coffee and lunchtime tacos. At the core of the vision for the café was the desire to have a space that the owners could fully engage with their patrons, share their stories and educate them about coffee. It was this integral element that set the mood for the build journey.

With a brand new refurbished building, we had the luxury of working with a completely blank shell, however, we still had the challenge of trying to fulfil the special vision for the space held by the owners.

At the front of the café sits a large wooden table on an earthly woven rug which defines that space. Shelves flank the walls to display authentic products that would help stimulate any coffee fanatic’s cravings. Overhead sits industrial lamps, with the tone reflected throughout the rest of the space.

At the heart of Machete sits a large natural wooden counter, wrapped in a beautiful collection of black and white tiles; an artwork in itself. Around this sits bar stools so that the owners can interact with their customers as they prepare the food and coffee from a fully open kitchen, […]



Paperkite has to be one of the coolest spaces we have done to date, in fact, we’re a little jealous we don’t have some of the cool features that they thought of!

Paperkite is a highly successful mobile app development company who wanted an office to emulate those of Silicon Valley. However, unlike the likes of the software mega giants, we had to work within a budget. Also front of mind was the make-up of the office staff. With around 20 people, most of which are young computer whiz-kids, the office required a sense of cool and fun. Especially important in an industry where staff retention is paramount. With the space having a flurried past, including it being a nightclub, bar and boutique, it needed an incredible amount of work. The space lacked basic infrastructure, yet, this provided us with the opportunity to build the office from the ground up and do things we haven’t done before.

With all of this front of mind, our designers set to work and created a truly unique office space, something more than capable of making the other kids on the block jealous. Among the office area, break out spaces, meeting rooms and kitchen, we were also tasked with designing terraces for meetings, and more importantly, Friday night drinks. An in-house brewing kit under the seating and use of disco lights, still in place since the nightclub days, were incorporated to fully support this notion.

White walls, light timber flooring and LED lighting really brighten up a space lacking window facings while the ceiling was painted black to detract from the exposed utilities. Innovative cost saving solutions were also made, including the use of MDF for the bespoke tiered seating, breakout seating and meeting room doors. The use of MDF when combined with […]

Sticky Fingers


It’s always a real thrill for us to be an integral part of making someone’s dream come true. When the owners of a local café in Albany came to us with their dream of transforming a well-known local café in the heart of commercial Albany, we were thrilled.

This café was someone’s dream so we needed to not only create a space that was true to their vision it also needed to embody a genuine soul to the fit-out. The space has a relaxed homely vibe but retains a level of corporate to appeal to the surrounding businesses.

Tasked with re-energising their logo and the existing cafe space, our design team took to this job like ducks to water. Layers of character yet sophisticated finishes lends itself to a space full of charm. Neutral greens with bursts of fresh white create a sense of calm whilst the plush green banquets paired with a white mesh divider results in juxtaposition of differing finishes and creates a natural flow throughout the space. The mesh also allows for natural light to flow throughout the café, resulting in a light, bright place to relax in.

The counter becomes a hero of the café with an intricate and charismatic tiling design and an oversized shelving unit separates the kitchen from the dining area but again provides interest and charm and opens up the space. It also doubles as a perfect area to showcase the Sticky Fingers personality and character. Natural over-sized cane pendants centre the space to draw the eye down the centre of the café towards the fare and service area.

The café has soul, real soul. The owner’s dream has become a reality and we have loved every minute of helping […]

Little Giant


We LOVE this fitout, love, love love it! A fine example of a beautiful collaboration between our design team and a client who has impeccable taste and flair.

Little Giants are leading the charge in New Zealand with their innovative and strategic website design. The office is oozing serious cool factor and their staff are creative and IT genius’s, so the workspace needed to reflect their unique brand personality.

The building set in High Street, Auckland CBD is an incredible heritage build. Set across two floors, we were tasked with helping to design the kitchen, meeting rooms and hang out zone.

With all the intricacies of an older build, this fit out wasn’t simple but the outcome is magnificent and simply breathtaking.
The kitchen has become an area whereby staff can hang, collaborate and have informal meetings. A ping pong table is a permanent fixture providing staff with a time-out activity. The meeting rooms add drama to the space with full floor to ceiling glazing and bursts of powerful black.

The space at the bottom of the stairs is clever in design. An awkward shape, beanbags and a striking pendant has been fitted to make the most of an area that most people would oversee.

We love how this design has been true to the client’s personality. Its employees look very much the part and almost looks like home away from home for most of them.

Spark Queen Street

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Another Spark store completed and this time it takes pride in being front and centre on New Zealand’s largest and most well-renowned streets – Queen Street.
Akin to our previous retail Spark fit outs, the Queen Street store sure does don its own individual personality giving a nod to the prime position that it sits.
Firstly, the larger floor area meant that our retail designers could include a café into the design. This needed to be clever in its execution because the café needed to hold its own identity but still fuse beautifully within the Spark look and feel. Flight Coffee, a Wellington based, rising star in the coffee industry was the perfect partnership. The two brands sit in harmony, side by side.
The Spark Queen Street store has a concrete and timber ceiling which is also different to the other Spark stores. The Spaceworks designers removed the tile ceiling which exposed an additional 500mm in the cavity which automatically gives the feeling of more space and they were also able to introduce more natural and raw elements to the design of the store.
3D modelling was the designer’s tactic to ensure customers would move through the store and café seamlessly and the fact that the café also has street presence with a façade facing the road also means coffee-goers can order coffees on the ‘fly’.
To ensure optimal people-flow and dwell time that is enjoyable, our designers produced space plans for the stores which involved laying out a full-scale, physical, model using cardboard boxes where the furniture would be and where customer queues may form. By doing this, our designers could be sure of where the bottlenecks might arise and design a layout which would mitigate this.
All other […]

General Mills


General Mills is a global company with a presence in over 100 countries and net sales of $17.6 billion in 2015. So yes, they’re kind of a big deal. Just think Betty Crocker, Latina, Nature Valley and Old El Paso and you’re headed in the right direction.

General Mills, NZ are very much an international business that behave locally and taking care of their employees is as important as their brands. The move to a newly designed office that reflects their brand values and inspires their employees was integral to the brief.

The office design trend to move away from a formal reception was well and truly embraced by General Mills and rather than an uptight reception area, guests and employees enter into a lounge-y (yet corporate) zone for guests and this opens up to the most magnificent kitchen. The area almost feels like you’ve ‘come home’, doubles as an entertaining area and is also a genius introduction to a foodie global heavyweight.

The General Mills values are installed on the wall and assimilate an art installation and a deep, rich red screen that separates the kitchen from the office also looks like a piece of art. This all flows into a work space that encourages collaboration and creativity. An outdoor courtyard is also very much a part of the design and an indoor – outdoor flow is the result.

Banquets, bright bursts of colour, greenery, over-sized images of mouth-watering food and break-out areas make for an inspiring and energizing space to work in.

Stephen Hunter Law Office


Legal offices are no longer the stuffy, conservative, hoity toity spaces that we’ve been accustomed to. Lawyers are seeing the light and pushing the boat out, some with uber funky workspaces.
Stephen Hunter’s office, is no exception here with a masculine, sophisticated palette and high-end furniture, finishes and quality materials. Stephen’s main desk is a bespoke design by our team here at Spaceworks with oak wood finish and powerful black trestle legs and an in-built stand up desk with a Caesar Stone (marble look) finish. The stand-up desk is ingeniously discreet and houses a laptop and retro-looking radio/sound system.
Brass detailing inserted into the joinery oozes elegance and a touch of masculinity, whilst creating a juxtaposition with the strong black cupboards and shelving. Recessed strip lighting built in to the shelving gives a nod to it being a display unit. The filing cupboards are lockable with a full-height cupboard at the end to store Stephen’s robes and a Tim Weber mirror.
The feature light and coffee table are by Simon James and cow hide occasional chair from Harrows, with the material being sourced by Vivid. The electric blue chair is also from Harrows and Task Chair is voted in the top five in the world and designed by Workscape.
A photo wall and brass hanging plants were installed to bring to life the personality of the space.

Lysaght (GRIDAKL)


Innovation is at the very core of the Lysaght building which is host to some of New Zealand’s most talented up-and-coming entrepreneurs whom are given the opportunity to work in a space with like-minded people.

The international trend of innovators and visionaries coming out of the woodwork and sharing, collaborating and imparting knowledge by working in a shared space is growing momentum across the world. This philosophy of bringing great minds together is recognised by councils across the globe as one of the most effective methods of gathering an eco-system of greatness.

Innovation precincts are being built in all our major cities and comes as no surprise when New Zealand is a breeding ground for new biz people.

I admire entrepreneurs, being one myself and bow down to those whom have the gusto and determination to go out and venture out on their own. Our office design team at Spaceworks relish in creating inspiring shared work spaces and have a few feathers to our cap with Icehouse completed last year, Biz Dojo and now GridAkl.

The GridAkl located in Wynyard Quarter housed in the regenerated Lysaght building was driven by ATEED and shared-space entrepreneurs Biz Dojo. Engaged as the interior designers and fit out company, Spaceworks worked alongside a bevy of stakeholders to complete an outstanding result.

Warren and Mahoney carried out a skillful base build renovation, retaining much of its original street presence and raw finishes within. Our Spaceworks designers had to design for consistent and constant fluctuations in staff levels and types of people which meant a huge array of desk and meeting options which range from quiet pods and lightweight hot-desks.

The ground floor is a public café and event space. Open, industrial and so incredibly fitting […]



An insurance office can often lack flair, personality and finesse….however please welcome the new IANZ office to the team of seriously chic office spaces in New Zealand.

Brimming with sophistication the new IANZ office is a merging of warehouse chic and stylish workspaces.

The Spaceworks office design team was briefed to split the floor plan into two separate offices with the central area being the welcome zone to the offices. Looking for a modern and cool reception area, the design team separated the two offices with two glass doors. The central part has joinery niches coded in Metalier finishes and the entryway is aptly completed with a warehouse framed glass partitioning system with Metalier gold handles. Seriously divine!

The smaller meeting room has a timber frame detail that matches the reception joinery and which creates a real synergy between spaces.

The kitchen is a mesh of industrial and simply beautiful finishes. Industrial stools add real character into the space and the pressed metal panel at the front of the bench creates drama and interest. The marble/stone top is the perfect marriage of character and simplicity. Rusty pendants hang seamlessly over the kitchen island and the office space is separated with a plywood slat panel walls.

All the kitchen joinery matches the black framing in the entranceway and completes the incredible office which belongs to a stunning new building in Parnell.

James Crisp


This 800 m2 office required the utmost in precision, accuracy and digging deep into the finer detail. This is the kind of office work we relish because it requires strategic design and foresight meshed with creativity and originality.

James Crisp is one of New Zealand’s most celebrated family-owned foodie businesses. In fact they’ve just celebrated their 100 years in business. So, you can imagine the heritage and legacy which needed to be encapsulated into the design of the office.

The office design and every tiny detail was chosen specifically so that their brand and heritage was represented with subtleness and with finesse. This was achieved by:

Timeless, sophisticated materials such as marble, timber, concrete and copper used throughout the space
An original Persian rug adds a burst of rich colour and culture
Recycled timber in the reception and meeting room as ceiling and wall features
Classic, yet urban-esk furniture pieces which will stand the test of time
An original Siemen’s clock to give a nod to James Crisp’s history
Reupholstered original chairs in modern fabric

The new office is incredibly polished and elegant and will be the proud home of James Crisp for many years to come. It is the perfect juxtaposition of old and new and the amalgamation of high quality fixtures and finishes.

The office layout has also had a transformation. Moving away from the very traditional office, whereby 70% of the employees had their own office it is now a modern, activity-based open plan office. To ensure staff were happy and settled with the new space and layout, Spaceworks were engaged to conduct a degree of workplace strategy achieved by staff questionnaires (highlighting important information/data) for the layout plan and updating staff and stakeholders with 3D visual and site visits throughout […]



The Spaceworks office design team were unsurprisingly tickled pink when asked to design and fitout Chanel’s Auckland office in one of the city’s most reputable waterfront locations.

A boutique space, the office doubles as a training facility for the new Chanel flagship store, opening up in Britomart sometime this year. As one of the world’s most luxurious heavyweight fashion houses, it comes as no surprise the office interior needed to reflect and ooze the Chanel brand. This was achieved by infusing the space with high gloss black and white, sophisticated and timeless fixtures and fittings and Chanel product.

Office furniture was supplied by Crestline which included one large white table that can be pulled away to facilitate breakout groups and can be folded up and packed away if required. The black office chairs can also be stacked to assist with storage. The entrance furniture is brimming with Chanel character with a high gloss white coffee table and luxurious black chairs, upholstered in a plush, velvet-esk fabric.

Storage is no problem with long white high gloss credenza units and which are used for merchandising. The product placement is meticulous and representative of how you would see it in the store.

The pièce de résistance (excuse my French) is the light box which is the main feature in the entrance as soon as you walk through the high gloss double black doors. A grandiose size, it changes out Chanel images to reflect the current marketing campaign du jour.

Bohemian Chocolates


Bohemian Chocolates are artisan, handmade tidbits of cocoa goodness and deserve a palatial home to be housed in.

Our retail design team took this project on with gusto, knowing they had to be true to the sophistication of the brand and quality of the product.  Based on a similar style to the flagship store in Wellington, the design oozes elegance and style with classic cabinetry and designed so the chocolates are hero of the store.

The joinery is such, that there is framed moulding in the front cabinet – denoting a boutique feel.  Other design details include ceiling cornices as part of the shelves and three tower glass display cabinets with internal lighting.

The store design is simple, yet packs a punch with subtle finishes and detail. The perfect home for the perfect chocolate.

Wolf & Wolf


Wolf & Wolf is quite ‘the’ salon in Central Auckland and Spaceworks Design Group was briefed to refresh the space within the existing style. We had to create a small retreat area for the wash basin zone, a more enclosed area for green walls and extra storage and a bespoke L’Oreal display area.

We created timber framing structures with powder coated interchangeable storage boxes. Flexibility is key here to retain a fresh look and to be able to breathe life into the area when new product is introduced.

The design is a reflection of a Japanese-style interior, with clean lines, weightlessness and shunning heavy and bold lines. Brand colours used with subtlety by powder coating the shelves and back-lighting the product display makes the product hero.

Incorporating the l’Oreal brand into the design for the launch of their new product range was also critical to the success of the fit out. This can be changed out as and when needed.

Lighting was done by Eunice Taylor and joinery and graphics by Cutting Innovations. Thanks team!

Huckleberry Milford


We’ve shown you Huckleberry Mt Eden and now it’s Milford’s turn to bask in some glory.
If you’ve seen our images of the Mt Eden store, you’ll see some real similarities with subtle differences and that’s how we do rollouts best. The first rendition should be spot on, however it’s also a test site and lessons should be learned. It’s also about making sure each store has its own identity whilst staying true to the brand identity.

Milford’s black and white stripes are bolder and the layout of the store is slightly different but it’s well and truly still Huckleberry through and through.

The shelving displays the produce and products beautifully, signage is consistent throughout and pendent lights and lighting are all harmonious across all the stores.


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