Emma Hayes Studio 5 SPACE STUDIO 9 Novotel Tainui Wallcovering

  • Pou Auaha / Creative Director
    Emma Hayes
  • Ringatoi Matua / Design Director
    Anoushka Dekker
Judge's comments:

The elegant backstory and refined colour and graphic application combined with an advanced material development and manufactured to survive the rigours environment of a commercial application the Tainui Wallcovering was a standout for the judges.


Working closely with local Tainui iwi, the development of Novotel Tainui was a thoughtful collaboration, denoting Tainuiā€™s personal connection to the Waikato river.

The brief for the wallcovering was to knit this taonga throughout the design.

The seas, mountains and rivers of Tainui are all living; life giving, they provide in abundance. The design celebrates this, reflecting the mana whenua's deep connection to the mighty Waikato River, a taonga whose mauri is referenced through considered colour and movement.

The result is a considered, serene interior.