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Monarchy restaurant

The new name ‘Monarchy’ was selected in reverent reference to the King of Thailand, so the intent was to imbue the interior of the old Joy Bong with regal elegance while playing on the Eastern philosophical idea of defining balance between opposites.

Monarchy restaurant interior

Adnan Mutlu has worked in hospitality for over 20 years having graduated from a fine School of Food and Hospitality in Stuttgart. With a string of experience in both international and local and restaurants to his name, his latest venture, the refurbishment and rebranding of the old Joy Bong restaurant has been an endeavour with a very clear intent.

Joy Bong was a successful Thai restaurant and bar, part of a multi-cultural tapestry of restaurants, bars and cafes, sewn along Auckland’s Karangahape Road. With ‘Monarchy’, Adnan had a vision of elegance and sophistication without losing the customary Thai flavours and friendly demeanour.

Monarchy Restaurant

The new name ‘Monarchy’ was selected in reverent reference to the King of Thailand, so the intent was to imbue the interior of the old Joy Bong with regal elegance while playing on the Eastern philosophical idea of defining balance between opposites. In pursuing this ambition, tones of rich red were chosen for the painted walls, papered ceilings and upholstery for the bench seat and ottomans for texture and luxury. Geometric wallpaper panels in the walls carry the eye to the ceiling between timber beams.

New large steel lighting tray ‘chandeliers’ have more than 30 candles enclosing small lights on each fitting. They create continuity between the spaces and add either grandeur or intimacy, depending on the level of light reflecting up onto the wallpapered ceiling. The wallpaper and gold leaf scotia add the shimmer of velvet, repeated on upholstered stools and bench seats. Regal claw high-back seats are juxtaposed with a casual velvet ottoman, while the sophisticated candle lights are offset by the fun his and-hers seats.

Restaurant interior

The new leather booth seats start as enclosed circles and unroll like red carpet. Deep red and mandarin velvet upholstery is supported by tones of Resene Pohutukawa (spicy rich red) painted walls, which draw you down toward the open fire and bar. The timber lantern structure of the overhead bar wine racks adds another layer of fretwork similar to the screens and louvres connected to the world outside.

Seating and dining walls are finished in Resene Bianca (cream off-white), bar walls in Resene Vanquish (reserved red), the bar ceiling in Resene Nero (blue black) and there is an added touch of luxury with Resene Gold metallic finish on the scotia. The sumptuous colour selection won Monarchy a Resene Total Colour Commercial Interior Public + Retail Maestro Award.

Restaurant interior

An old stone room with a trapdoor is transformed from a damp and dingy hollow to a visual and functional feature. The trapdoor has been replaced with a tight spiral stair and a new glass floor panel, creating a view from the restaurant above. This is an invitation only area where racks full of wine and soft light create a tempting, cavelike image for patrons; an extra treat to accompany their dining experience.

Architectural Specifier: Malcolm Taylor, Xsite Architects
Building Contractor: Complete Construction Ltd
Client: Adnan Mutlu
Painting Contractor: North-South Painters & Decorators
Photographer: Simon Devitt
Winner: Resene Total Colour Commercial Interior Public + Retail Maestro Award
Project: Resene Total Colour Awards 2012
From the Resene News – issue 1/2013

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