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Fork n Knife

From the Resene Total Colour Awards gallery — New Plymouth

The clients had taken over a burger restaurant at the front of the building as well as a space to the rear of the bar.

The space was being used to sell jackets in retail, and was left as a plain white box.

Fork n Knife green dining room

There was only one rule to follow with the design - the street art mural in the hallway entrance had to remain as it was created by the artist Milarky.

On a very tight budget to create a restaurant, the brief was to create an intimate but edgy space. The focus was to be on the comfort of diners, making sure tables were spaced far enough away that you couldn’t hear the people sitting next to you, and that quality over quantity should be reflected in the interior as much as in the food.

Green dining room
Long green dining room
Green wall detail

Green has a very natural and restful effect on the mood, and in order to make the space more moody and ambient the decision was to go dark which allows the lighting to accentuate it. Playing with lighting levels allowed the deep Resene Timber Green to be chosen as the statement colour. This was finished in Resene SpaceCote Flat to allow such a dominant colour to sit comfortably in this old building. The building is old, and the surfaces being painting were a mix of old panelled timber, plastered walls and metal plates. The flat finish reflects back fewer imperfections and has an appealing ‘chalky lustre’ appearance which softens this dominant colour.

Dining room feature
Green wall detail

Charcoal elements were added to the room with Resene Cod Grey painted on timber slats and also around the bar area. This was finished in Resene Lustacryl semi-gloss waterborne enamel for contrast. Brass skirtings and scotia frame the room so mixing the paint sheen levels helped to balance the look.

Neutrals provide a supporting role, with Resene Merino used as the main neutral on walls and Resene Citrine White on floors. The bench seating uses Resene Lustacryl semi-gloss waterborne in Resene Quarter Foggy Grey and Resene Qristal Clear polyurethane. The bathroom vanity is stained with Resene Colorwood Pitch Black finished in Resene Qristal Clear polyurethane.

This project was a very collaborative effort from start to finish, with friends and family of the clients pitching in, from hand drawn art to all graphics and menus. It has resulted in a space that many hands have made light work of and that all can share pride in.

Building contractor: Jack Carrington
Interior designer: Anna Major
Painting contractor: Lance Watson
Photographer: Aimee Kelly Photography

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