Material Creative Ltd 36 Naumi Studio Hotel Wellington

  • Pou Auaha / Creative Directors
    Toni Brandso, Liv Patience
  • Ngā Kaimahi / Team Members
    Olivia McNeil, Jaime Aspinall, Anna Douglas
  • Kaitautoko / Contributors
    Hayley Brown - The Art Dept, Angus Muir - Angus Muir Design, Gartshores
  • Client
    Naumi Hotels
Judge's comments:

A thought provoking and immersive environment that is whimsical and a clear example of design, art curation and visitor experience executed to absolute perfection.


Welcome to the recently completed Naumi Studio Hotel Wellington! An iconic heritage landmark in the heart of Cuba St.We have worked with an amazing team of consultants and contractors to transform this 116 room property into a visual feast for the senses, enthralling guests with eclectic spaces inspired from seafaring, the literary world, and a story of enduring love!

Upon entry to Naumi Studio Hotel Wellington maximalism takes over! Our vision for a wondrous Edwardian garden full of lush florals was crafted by some amazing artists! ⁠The large-scale gold leaf floral backdrop, created by The Art Dept wraps up onto the ceiling and is majestically scattered with lit floral sculptures by Angus Muir Designs. In front are curved bronzed brass reception counters, standing solidly on a field of flowers in the form of a bespoke rug, created by Designer Rugs with artist Karl Maughan.

Step inside the lounge and bar and you will be immersed in the world of Wunderkammer. Collected curiosities line the walls under dim lighting, it's a cozy exotic space for travelers to nestle down in a home away from home. ⁠

The 'Parlour' at Naumi Studio Hotel Wellington references the Edwardian heritage of the Building. Taking cues from light-filled reception rooms of the period, and Parisian conservatories, we pushed the boundaries with colour and pattern, creating a relaxing space drawing people in like moths to ligh⁠t!

The corridors were inspired by the fictional character 'Lady Naumi' and her Husband's journeys on the Silk Road. Each level is a tonal gradient of one colour. ⁠Mimicking the changes in hue at sunset and sunrise, each corner you turn is a different experience. ⁠The use of tartan was inspired by the process and aesthetic of pulling and weaving silk, our nod to the ⁠fictional character 'Lady Naumi' and her Husband's journeys on the Silk Road. ⁠

The Guest rooms are one of four rich colour palettes. Weaving through a wonderful homely feel. ⁠Each room features a silk thread artwork created by fine artist Hayley Brown, The Art Dept. The headboards pay homage to the architecture of the Edwardian building, inspired by the forms of the turn of the century logo that still adorns the hotels facade.⁠