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There may be no better way to communicate what we do than through images. As you browse our site, take a few moments to let your eyes linger here, and see if you can get a feel for our signature touch.

Central Wānaka

This new build project required thoughtful spatial planning and a full interior concept to be presented to the client. Everything from the joinery to the window treatments was designed and specified by Melanie Craig Ltd.

WALK THROUGH | NZ artists Don Service and Rachel Rush are featured along side custom sofas manufactured in Christchurch. Contrast at the lounge end, with floor to ceiling slats to transition gradually to the brooding kitchen. In the dining room sculptural Italian chairs are paired with a Melanie Craig designed table, made in Southland NZ, and bench upholstered in Designer's Guild fabric. Kitchen features black on black bespoke joinery, contrasting matte and gloss, with a twist of teal. Signature angled breakfast bar intersects with feature walls to create layers in this long open plan room. Brass light fixtures injected a bold and enigmatic warmth, whilst bestowing a sense of gravity that commands attention within the interior's rebelliously chic atmosphere.

Wood and tiles take us through to a corridor connecting to bedrooms with tantalising murals, and upholstered headboards, and to a snug, secondary lounge room. The television vanishes into the black tiled wall above another fireplace, walls papered with diagonal detail behind New Zealand artist Joe Hart's layered portrait work. Two occasional tables serve differing functions in this inky relaxing space.

Matte black basins carried through each of the bathrooms sit beneath mirrors, echoing the colour and intrigue from the murals behind. Each with a distinct vibe. Depth of palette and clever colour-play grounds the excitement of this vibrant house.



This project is a shining example of what's possible when you hand us the reigns. Of course this isn't for the faint of heart, and we LOVED the rebellion and no-regrets attitude of our clients. Here's what they had to say in NZ Home and Gardens Magazine.

“[Melanie Craig Design] came up with the concept and on paper it looked really out-there. But we loved the look so went away and had a think and a discussion about resale. In the end, we thought, let’s do it – it’s for ourselves, not for someone else.” - Stuart Cruikshank


But we can turn the dial to suit any brief. This project required alterations on the initial spacial planning to make the most of lake and mountain views, and it was important to maximise the use of this long room by thoughtfully dividing it. A spacious lounge area with bright glacial colours melts into a deep and brooding kitchen through a playful transition of contrast and texture. A complementary showcase of New Zealand and European furnishings employs pops of colour to define function and space.


The softly lit bespoke home bar is veiled by brass mesh, and cabinetry hardware is by Buster + Punch. A heavy duty wall paper creates texture, depth and accent on two of the walls, one of which takes the eye out of the kitchen and creates nuance and intrigue in this open plan design. Interior Architecture totally steals the show with this one, enabling contrast between the different spaces, and the delightful subtleties that link them. 

Click the here to read the article from NZ Home and Gardens, via

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