Eat with your eyes - new city eateries designed by NZ interior architects, Material Creative

Blood red double doors at the Art Wok entrance, with brass handles
- just as you might see on an antique oriental chest or cabinet...

the glass lighting throughout reminds us of chinese lanterns

Antique Chinese calligraphy brushes become installation art

NZ interior architects Material Creative have been busy designing a raft of new eateries, and here's two of them. Above is Art Wok, a new eatery in Auckland serving authentic Chinese food and giving New Zealanders a whole different experience of Chinese cuisine than the corner takeaway of the past few decades. Think all premium, locally-sourced and free range produce, and an approach that sees the entire experience - from the interior fit-out, to the service, to every single dish served, as a work of art. We love how Material Creative have articulated a traditional oriental palette using modern materials and contemporary patterns, and the more unexpected, fun touches they've added - like the neon sign lighting the way to the bathrooms, and the wall lights made from two china plates.

Our fave part: these wicked yellow cupboards with the huge half-moon timber handles.

Material Creative projects often include furniture designed and commissioned by the MC team. 

Photography by Jeremy Toth

And this is new cafe The Food Crew, designed by Material Creative with a hint of a ski chalet vibe. Shout out to the Scandi-blonde elements and that timber-panelled wall with the shapes cut from it, and the kick-ass mustard cabinetry with the huge half-moon wooden handles.

I was just going to show the two, but can't resist a quick share of another of Material Creative's recent projects, Bird on a Wire in Ponsonby, Auckland

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