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From the Resene News – issue 2/2002

Collaboration - Martin Hughes Architecture Interiors

Martin Hughes Architecture Interiors is an Architecture and Interior Design company dedicated to producing excellent design solutions that increase and enhance their client's business. Working closely with Resene, the two have collaborated on a number of high profile projects such as the apartment complex Parks on Domain in Auckland, the ASB Bank in Queenstown, the fashion retailer Saga and Barfoot and Thompson in The Chancery in Auckland and the nationwide rebranding of Plumbing World.

Offering clients a discerning choice of casual, day and evening wear, Saga is at the pinnacle of quality fashion. With a new store joining the nationwide chain, innovative paintwork was required to capture the essence of Saga's premium positioning. This was achieved with clever colour selection and a blend of the popular Resene Zylone Sheen low sheen acrylic and Resene Metallics.

From the divider wall dressed in Resene Sangria (raspberry red), the walls and ceilings in Resene Parchment (light beige) and the wall stripe in Resene Spring Rain (dusty green), the palette drips with inimitable style. Carefully accessorised with Resene Metallics in Resene Aluminium (silver) on joinery, Resene Stargate (blue silver) on light boxes and Resene Atlantis (soft metallic green) on signage, this interior emits the right vibe on which to showcase the latest fashion collections.

Architect: Martin Hughes Architecture Interiors - email
Painting Contractor: L & J Sharp
Building Contractor: Orakei Holdings
Resene: Chris Heal, Auckland Architectural Services Representative

Plumbing World
Recognising women as the primary decision makers for their domestic business, Plumbing World stores nationwide required rebranding to make them more fashion orientated and appealing to women.

Seeking a more modern and sophisticated presence, purple tinted into Resene Lumbersider satin acrylic was selected as the main branding colour for all 40 stores. The original icon colours red, blue, green and orange were retained inside to highlight the different product departments. Resene metallics were used on detail to give a leading edge look throughout the stores accompanied by Resene Zylone Sheen low sheen tinted to the Plumbing World special colour palette.

All stores were visited as part of the specification process to ensure each was tailored to individual building needs.

In a bold leap of faith, Plumbing World have well and truly laid out the welcome mat to women.

Plumbing World

Plumbing World Manukau City.
Winner of the Home Ideas 'Best Kitchen and Bathroom Showroom 2002'

Architect: Martin Hughes Architecture Interiors - email
Painting Contractor (Manukau interior): L & J Sharp
Painting Contractor (National): Andrews Property Services
Building Contractor (interior): Orakei Holdings
Building Contractor (exterior): Amstar Construction Ltd
Resene: Chris Heal, Auckland Architectural Services Representative

Barfoot and ThompsonBarfoot and Thompson
When relocating from existing premises, to the fashionable Chancery Development in Chancery Square, Auckland, Barfoot and Thompson wanted a totally fresh look for their interior fitout that would create an environment that their staff appreciated and that clients felt comfortable with. Calm muted paint tones of Resene Bianca (light cream) and Resene Sisal (light beige) were chosen, with features in darker tones in Resene Judge Grey (dark grey). With a Resene Zylone Sheen low sheen finish throughout complemented by Resene Qristal Clear Polyurethane on the cherry veneer panelling, the effect is one of substance with style befitting the Barfoot and Thompson culture.

Building Contractor: Paul MacIntosh, Sara Murdoch
Resene: Chris Heal, Auckland Architectural Services Representative

Parks on DomainParks on Domain
A new townhouse complex in Maunsell Street on the edge of the Auckland Domain, Parks on Domain, combines a quality development with a truly unique location. Influenced by the architectural merits of the building, its proximity to Auckland Museum and a large and ancient on-site pohutukawa tree, the colour palette is sympathetic yet reflective. Special colours were developed for all areas of this project to reinforce its individuality.

The interior envelope was finished in Resene Zylone Sheen providing the perfect backdrop for owners wishing to add their own sense of style to their new home.

Architect (interior): Martin Hughes Architecture Interiors
Photo: Trends Publishing International, Photographer: Bruce Nicholson

ASB Bank Queenstown
The brief for the refurbishment of the Camp Street, Queenstown branch of the ASB Bank called for the standard corporate feel of the bank, but with a younger and fresher interpretation. From this brief, Martin Hughes and CPRW Architects joined forces and the cafcé-on-premises concept was born.

In a first for the ASB Bank, a café finished in bright café colours influenced by the bank's existing hues was introduced. With a palette of ASB corporate colours in Resene Zylone Sheen complemented by Resene Metallics in Blast Yellow (black yellow metallic) and coffee quality to match, the new café is a popular addition to the bank's range of services.

ASB Bank Queenstown

A clever injection of fun into a corporate bank culture, the new ASB café is proving to be a popular coffee stop.

Architect (building): Michael Wyatt Architects Ltd
Architect (interior ground floor): CPRW Architects, Martin Hughes Architecture Interiors
Painting Contractor: James Wren & Co
Building Contractor: Naylor Love Central Ltd
Resene: Chris Heal, Auckland Architectural Services Representative

"One very good reason we use Resene is the professional way in which they work with us," says Clark Pritchard of Martin Hughes "service is paramount and they achieve remarkable results with requests for colour brushouts and technical support."


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