Nectar and song

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Materials are layered, creating a rich and vibrant aesthetic.

Materials are layered, creating a rich and vibrant aesthetic. Image: Michelle Weir

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The colour palette in the suites is soothing, yet modern.

The colour palette in the suites is soothing, yet modern. Image: Michelle Weir

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The bedheads feature timber shingles.

The bedheads feature timber shingles. Image: Michelle Weir

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The restaurant at the Naumi hotel.

The restaurant at the Naumi hotel. Image: Michelle Weir

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The bathrooms feature bronze accents.

The bathrooms feature bronze accents. Image: Michelle Weir

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Layered gold 'feathers' adorn the reception walls.

Layered gold ‘feathers’ adorn the reception walls. Image: Michelle Weir

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Artworks by Judi Bagust adorn the walls of the restaurant and suites.

Artworks by Judi Bagust adorn the walls of the restaurant and suites. Image: Michelle Weir

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The hotel living room.

The hotel living room. Image: Michelle Weir

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The fireplace in the hotel living room.

The fireplace in the hotel living room. Image: Michelle Weir

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The Naumi Hotel bar.

The Naumi Hotel bar. Image: Michelle Weir

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The Paksa Bar and Restaurant is a light-filled space with a slightly tropical feel.

The Paksa Bar and Restaurant is a light-filled space with a slightly tropical feel. Image: Michelle Weir

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Every room in the home should be a haven of sorts, and the world of well-designed hotels can offer a wealth of inspiration on how to turn homes into veritable escapes. Here we look at the recently unveiled Naumi hotel at Auckland Airport.

Taking their inspiration from the tui bird, designers from Material Creative and Ellery Muir refitted the old, 193-room Hotel Grand Chancellor Auckland Airport. They based some of their creative choices on the native bird’s plumage and aspects of its vibrant personality and song.

Layered gold ‘feathers’ adorn the reception walls. Image:  Michelle Weir

According to Toni Brandso from Material Creative: “Layered timber shingles in the lounge and bedroom bedheads, layered gold ‘feathers’ on the reception wall, gold feather disk artwork and the feather-like tiles in the bathrooms” all pay homage to the bird.

The tui’s colouration, which appears plain black at first sight, includes deep metallic hues that range from greens, blue, purple and bronze accents.

These gradients have been used throughout the hotel, lending the space vibrancy and motion. The designers have complemented these spaces with both bespoke and off-the-shelf furnishings that include the Arnold Circus Stools by Martino Gamper, custom-made rugs by Designer Rugs and much like the bird song itself… a near-symphonic array of others.

naumihotels.com


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