IZZARD Design 16 Bar Non Solo

  • Pou Auaha / Creative Director
    Paul Izzard
  • Ringatoi Matua / Design Director
    Paul Izzard
  • Kaitautoko / Contributor
    Envoy Construction
  • Client
    Savor Group

Non Solo Pizza has been a cherished Parnell neighbourhood institution for over 25 years. Our client wanted to bring the magic of Non Solo Pizza to Britomart by introducing a sister venue, focusing on Italian cocktails, after work drinks and small sharing plates. Located in the Seafarers building that previously housed The Deck at Ostro, the brief was to bring the spirit of Italian nightlife to the inner city, whilst retaining the much loved charm of Non Solo Pizza Parnell.

Bar Non Solo is located on level 2 of Britomart’s Seafarers building. The venue itself is split into two spaces, Ostro and Bar Non Solo, split by an impressive horseshoe bar. With extensive glazing looking out onto Tyler Street, we wanted to create a space that felt spacious yet welcoming and warm thus catering to everyone from couples on dates to groups catching up.

Inspired by the material palette of NSP Parnell, Bar Non Solo looks and feels more ‘inner-city cool’ than its neighbourhood classic counterpart. Inheriting industrial features such as a rough concrete ceiling and distressed timber floors, we endeavoured to continue NSP’s green palette, with a deeper, more olive-tinted hue. Leather upholstered booth seating, marble tiled table tops and walnut timber joinery were elevated with vibrant art, pottery and classic Italian produce. The iconic NSP green and white striped upholstery makes a return in the conservatory zone, surrounded by white micro tiles and a hand painted mural.

We wanted to evoke the feeling of an external Italian courtyard however this proved challenging within its internal corporate setting. Considerations such as the use of outdoor fabrics, planting and mood lighting were all used to overcome this and create the perfect indoor/outdoor setting.
Another key feature of Bar Non Solo is the impressive pizza oven located in the corner of the venue. In true Italian fashion, the setting encourages guests to engage in a conversation with each other and the staff, while offering the opportunity to see and smell the fresh pizza being made on site.