Lonely Wellington an idea of ‘soft industrial’ – a dichotomy between robust materials that had a tactile or unexpected finish – salvaged timber parquetry, sandblasted marble, and finely perforated mesh combine to make the store feel sophisticated without feeling unapproachable.
The Lonely brand speaks strongly about layers of intimacy so creating a retail space that focuses on the customer, their experience, and the process of buying lingerie – confidence, privacy, and warmth – was essential.
Lonely is womenswear that inspires a youthful creative spirit. Material and texture were key in creating an image that would complement this direction. Exploring an idea of 'soft industrial' – a dichotomy between robust materials that had a tactile or unexpected finish – salvaged timber parquetry, sandblasted marble, and finely perforated mesh combine to make the store feel sophisticated without feeling unapproachable.
Lonely Newmarket - Exploring an idea of ‘soft industrial’ – a dichotomy between robust materials that had a tactile or unexpected finish – salvaged timber parquetry, sandblasted marble, and finely perforated mesh combine to make the store feel sophisticated without feeling unapproachable. The Lonely brand speaks strongly about layers of intimacy so creating a retail space that focuses on the customer, their experience, and the process of buying lingerie – confidence, privacy, and warmth – was essential. I wanted the space to say something romantic but in a modern vocabulary
Te Koha – meaning gift, offering – provided a space for visitors to the 2016 Venice Architecture Biennale. It was a base for cultural events, including symposia on architecture, innovation, and the sciences. Te Koha was also supported by Te Mātau – meaning knowledge, understanding – a small reading space in which visitors to New Zealand’s exhibition can discover more through selected publications and writings.
Curio Noir produce hand-crafted candles and essential parfums for both skin and space.
The 40-sqm space showcases Curio Noir’s hand-poured candles, hard soaps, and parfums in an illuminated apothecary-style wall display of stained Walnut and aged brass. A large monolithic point of sale, hand-carved by Jeans’ family, centres the store and provides customers space to test and compare fragrance notes around a large cast bronze vessel. This experience is complimented by a selection of Comme des Garcons parfums and leather-goods, and notable European mid-century designs by Pierre Jeanneret and Serge Mouille.
Simon James Design is a leading voice in contemporary furniture and homewares.
Their Newmarket flagship, situated on Osborne Lane, uses modernist art as a point of departure to create a refined canvas from which to showcase their growing international brand stable. The neutral interior palette combines marble, brushed stainless steel, off-white plaster, and selvedged Oak to create an essential, yet tactile, retail experience.
The International apartments combine a global set of references with a contemporary design language and places them in a specifically New Zealand context.
The International a confident placement in the global market but also presents a new benchmark for high-density living Auckland.
Auckland flagship for Wellington-based fashion label.
Simon James Design is a showroom for contemporary furniture and homewares.
Situated in a mid-century industrial building the showroom, originally occupying only the corner tenancy, now has a generous 250sqm open-plan arrangement. By limiting the intervention to its essentials and keeping a restrained material palette lets the selected furniture and homewares pieces speak for themselves.
The exhibition incorporated refined monolithic geometries with integrated lighting and display elements and, through these volumes, aimed to demonstrate a sense of permanence and weight in a what can otherwise be an ephemeral and frenetic environment. The conceptual ideation was borne of the New Zealand landscape and our exposure to our unique and harsh geography.
Emphasis on natural-based, locally sourced and sustainable design for fashion brand Kowtow's Wellignton store.
Knight Associates' work has been published internationally and awarded the Designers Institute of New Zealand's highest achievement for Spatial Design, the Purple Pin. Recently they have curated part of the New Zealand national pavilion at the 2016 Venice Architecture Biennale, are overseeing the Interior Design of one of Auckland’s most prestigious multi-residential addresses, The International building, collaborating with global skincare company, Aēsop, and refurbishing the interiors for New Zealand’s most established fitness brands, Les Mills.
Rufus Knight was born in 1986 in Opotiki, New Zealand. At Victoria University's School of Architecture and Design in Wellington, he undertook studies in Interior Architecture after which he held an Associate position at award-winning practice Fearon Hay Architects. Following working terms abroad in Europe, notably for Vincent Van Duysen Architects in Antwerp, he opened his own Auckland-based studio, Knight Associates, concentrating on Interior Architecture and Design in 2016.
Journalist Noelle McCarthy described Knight as having ‘a lucrative talent for translating branding ephemera into built spaces people want to be in. The work inhabits a sweet spot between art and commerce, and the spaces he creates share a luxurious tactility but not a strict aesthetic.’ Working on a global portfolio of projects, Knight Associates apply an honest and tactile aesthetic to residential, commercial, and experiential briefs from a cultural and contextually informed approach.