Maxwell Rodgers Fabrics, Beronia Scott 2 Park Hyatt Tukutuku

  • Ringatoi Matua / Design Director
    Beronia Scott (Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei)

The Park Hyatt at the Britomart has a central theme of Maori inspired design.

The project commissioned a local Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei artist, Beronia Scott, to create a number of tukutuku inspired panels that are the featured art in all 195 rooms of the hotel.
Interpreting the handwoven effect of the tukutuku but using high speed looms was a challenge, as was using wool rather than the flax used in the early days.
The textural effect was created using differential yarn thicknesses in the weft

The Chinese owned hotel was under pressure to source these custom panels in China. The artist however insisted that her designs should be made using wool and be made HERE.

The wool was sourced from a farm in the Wairarapa, was scoured in Napier with the yarn spun in Lower Hutt before being woven in Mt Wellington. A good story for the economy and a great story for the environment.

Each design is created by 2 different fabrics joined on site to achieve the height in the room. A total of 2380 metres of fabric was used.

The overall interior design direction was provided by Conran, from London and they were so impressed with the quality and service that they have used the New Zealand textile company for three subsequent projects in Europe.

The patterns are called Puarere which is a style of raranga (weaving) and are interpretations by artist Beronia Scott from a reference book called Raranga Whakairo by Mick Prendergrast.

The tukutuku design is called pātikifiki that Beronia's aunties wove for the wharenui on the Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei marae.

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