Knight Associates Ltd. 19 Sonja Hawkins Design Onslow

  • Pou Auaha / Creative Directors
    Rufus Knight, Mijntje Lepoutre
  • Ringatoi Matua / Design Director
    Sonja Hawkins
  • Ngā Kaimahi / Team Member
    Brett Pritchard
  • Client
    Josh & Helen Emett
Judge's comments:

Refined, elegant and a perfect representation of carefully considered spaces, meticulous selection of materials and detailed to absolute perfection.


Onslow is the culmination of Josh Emett's culinary journey.

Since returning from London eight years ago, Josh and his wife Helen have established permanent roots in Auckland with the opening of Onslow.

Located on the entrance level of The International building – one of Auckland’s most prestigious multi-residential addresses – Onslow’s position was once home to Grand Hotel, which the Earl and Countess of Onslow opened, at 9 Princes Street, in 1889. With its vaulted ceilings, impeccable art collection and
Toi Whakairo mantelpieces, it quickly established itself as the city’s finest accommodation at the turn of the century.

Knight Associates worked in collaboration with Josh and Helen to create an intimate bistro setting that would reflect the Emett's want for a vivid amalgam of tradition and modernity. Similarly, the restaurant space required a sophistication that would provide comfort and respite for public patrons as well as everyday ease for residents of The International building.

The cool materiality of marble and travertine is off-set with richly stained Oak battens and panelling, aged brass accents, and generously upholstered banquettes. Floor-to-ceiling linen drapery, fresh botanicals, and a choice selection of contemporary art, that references the history of the Grand Hotel, add to a strong sense of domesticity.

In collaboration with Sonja Hawkins Design.