INCO Studio

INCO Studio is a new take on the salon experience, aiming to cut against the stark trend of white spaces, greenery & round mirrors.

Channelling Vogue living room shoots, bourgeois lobby interiors & luxurious lounge settings, INCO is a space where beauty is put back at the epicentre of the salon experience.

The recently refurbished Ponsonby Fire Station was home to the concept, and so the interiors also needed to be every bit iconic as one would expect. Exuding luxury, buzz, and layers of charm.

Wonder invited artists on-site to paint the private booth wallpapers in-situ. The blush, burnt orange & desert pink base palette alongside dried florals, aged brass & luxurious velvets delivered texture, layer & patina - adding ‘worn in’ charm & comfort.

Being a mum of three, our client now has a salon where the rules are her own, and a space that her clients adore spending time within - almost like being at home. The result is an all-encompassing salon experience that feels equal parts warm, inviting & intriguing. 

This is the feeling of being In Good Company.

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Est. 1901

Located next door to Prego on Ponsonby Rd, ‘Est. 1901’ is an honest restoration of a Victorian-aged building, fashioned on the story of it’s original proprietor - Miss Irvine.

The brief was concise; Authenticity without compromise.

Stained-glass windows, original brick, walnut cabinetry & Victorian oil paintings faithfully transform the space back into it’s original condition, offering a very pleasurable inner-city refuge of nostalgic cocktails, fine cheeses & great taste.

Our restoration of these premises to their original condition seeks to reflect the atmosphere at the close of the Victorian age. The kauri floors & walls have been uncovered and the walls repainted their original sage green.

We used slotted head screws because that’s what the craftsmen of the day would have done. Footrests were fashioned from solid brass tube, and stained glass windows installed to match their former glory. The wooden bar carved from solid rosewood by a local craftsman in his seventies, known only as Brian.

The result is a tactile, moody & well-thought enlivenment of a bygone era.

Wonder were responsible for the interior design, cabinetry, styling, technical documentation, branding, signage, building & resource consent. copy.jpg
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Little District

The Little District is an overgrown tropical oasis set amongst an industrial site at Sylvia Park. Three seperate offerings - Cafe, Bar & Restaurant - share common seating areas to maximise floor space & allow all day trading.

Each offering is unique, yet the collection of choice allows the District to cater to all.

The interior was set to look as if you were in an exterior carpark; the staircase reminiscent of an industrial fire escape, lofty stud walls clad in exterior board & batten, and hand-painted signage all unfettered in ivy.

The ‘Parklane Dispensary’ bar stands at the District’s centre showcasing a concoction of traditional elegance and hand-crafted materials - driving a liquor occasion across the day. The large, boxy bulkhead not only enhances the presence of the bar, but creates prominent spatial divisions that encourage flow throughout.

‘Municipal Coffee Co’ sits at the shopfront - pronouncing itself into the foot traffic on the exterior lane. A transitional environment allows the cafe to rise first with the hustle & bustle of early morning shoppers, and transition into a late night jaunt for espresso martini’s.

Elements of the Little District are being rolled out across Lions new concept spaces, including the just-opened Little Creatures flagship in Hobsinville District, Auckland.

Wonder were responsible for concept design, branding & signage, cabinetry, interior design, technical documentation, furniture, styling and set-dressing.


Burger Burger


Burger Burger are a fast-growing hospitality business well known throughout the country for delicious burgers, textured interiors & warm service.

Gearing up for their first move beyond Auckland City, our client Mimi Gilmour wanted to craft a warm & comfortable home for the people of Canterbury to make their own.

Wonder set out to make a space as a metaphor for the humble burger itself; equal parts nostalgic, delicious, gooey, rich & inviting.

An commission was sent to local artists to include their works within the interior. 25 custom art panels were inset into a bespoke wall feature, the artworks set to be auctioned off at the end of the year for local community initiatives. Replaced with a new set annualy, this detail will form an ever-evolving showcase of local talent - whilst at the same time adding layers of unplanned vibrancy, breaking the mustard walls apart.

Set-dressers were invited onsite to paint the wall surfaces in situ, layering texture & tone of a series of days. This build up evokes a ‘worn-in’ feeling, almost as if the building has been a regular here for years.

Wonder were responsible for the interior design & finishes, cabinetry & furniture, lighting, building consent, and technical documentation.

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Urbis Designday is New Zealand's premier public design event and one of the most anticipated dates on the design calendar.

It's a celebration of design and original thinking, anchored by the credibility of Urbis magazine.

Partnering with Resene from concept to completion, we created an experiential pop up space - ‘The Colour Lab.’ - which ran for three days, hosting over 1000 participants through its doors.

‘Colour is Freedom’ was coined by Wonder as our strategical approach to the pop-up experience.

Even within the strictest confines of a factory-based installation, colour would allow the participants freedom to imaging, create, and finish production line styled artworks en masse.

Once inside the factory, participants were positioned at their work station, and set to work. Given a stencil, they could select colours from their tray below, and print their segment of the stencil over & over again on pieces of paper - which travelled through the production line.

Once the piece of paper had made it’s way through the production line of printers, it would emerge as a completed piece of artwork.

Wonder were responsible for the concept design, interior design, cabinetry, technical documentation, project management & activation facilitation.


Duck Island

The Duck Island brand has become the Hamilton icon, synonymous with experimental flavours, extra long lines & it’s candy-pop aesthetic.

Wonder got the chance to partner with Duck Island on their first venture outside of Hamilton; Duck Island — Ponsonby Fire Station.

Pinning ‘Strawberry Condensed Milk’ as our flavour of choice, a Wes Anderson aesthetic was overlaid with elements of symmetry, repetition & colour blocking.

With a small but perfectly formed space dribbling in gooey pink, the retail interior becomes the perfect backdrop for visitors to ‘gram - becoming perhaps the most photographed interior on Ponsonby Rd.

A generous exterior with symmetrical pop-coloured seating invites guests to sit & enjoy the atmosphere, and establishes a low barrier to entry for all demographics.

Comfortable for children, mothers with prams, people with dogs, and the elderly - the outdoor setting cues the nostalgic feeling of sitting on a park bench with ice cream in hand, rather than a roadside in Ponsonby Central.

Wonder were responsible for the concept design, interiors, cabinetry, signage, building consent & documentation. Island_2778x.jpg

Photography by Jackie Meiring.