Raising the bar

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Libertine, designed by Sam Ansley of Pack & Company.

Libertine, designed by Sam Ansley of Pack & Company. Image: Pack & Company

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Xuxu by Cheshire Architects.

Xuxu by Cheshire Architects. Image: Jeremy Toth

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Little Nuffield by Material Creative.

Little Nuffield by Material Creative. Image: Jeremy Toth

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Milse by Cheshire Architects.

Milse by Cheshire Architects. Image: David Straight

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New Zealand’s restaurant scene might be small but it’s punching well above its weight judging by the shortlists for the British-based Restaurant & Bar Design Awards and Australia’s  Eat-Drink-Design Awards.

Now in their fifth year, the annual Restaurant & Bar Design Awards celebrate the best food and beverage spaces around the globe. There were 670 entries from 61 countries this year, and the finalists include a handful of Auckland hotspots. Cheshire Architect’s Milse in Auckland’s Britomart was a finalist in the Australasia & Pacific restaurant category. Across town in Freemans Bay, Libertine (designed by Pack & Company’s creative director Sam Ansley) was short-listed in the Australia & Pacific bar category. Other New Zealand projects to be short-listed included Little Nuffield by Material Creative, BinBin Deluxe by Lovelace & Co., and The Matakana-Village Pub by Peter Were Architecture and Interiors. The winners will be chosen by a panel of judges including Moooi founder Casper Vissers, head of visual design at Harvey Nichols, Janet Wardley, and restaurant critic for The Times, Giles Coren. 

Several New Zealand spaces have also been named finalists in the Eat-Drink-Design Awards. Auckland’s Citizen Park, Xuxu, Milse, Depot and Eighthirty were all short-listed in the annual design competition, as was The Lucky Taco, a taco truck that parks up in Ponsonby on weekends. Look out for our announcement of the winners at the end of November.

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