Humankind and Kin

Passion and Purpose
Office kitchen design
Wellington interior designer
Wellington Interior design
Office Interior Design Wellington

Project Info

Client Humankind and Kin
Skills Brand development, spatial design

Project Description

Having retrained for my second career, I’m an advocate for spending our time doing what we LOVE, not just what we like. In a reasonably matched job we might be very good. In our sweet spot, we have the opportunity to be exceptional.

Imagine my pleasure then, in working for two purpose-led businesses who help others to ‘love what they do and do what they love’. The space is a beautiful, light-filled blank canvas and we are firing on all cylinders to get it up and running in early 2019.

Samantha Gadd, Humankind Managing Director and Director of Kin, is passionate about designing great employee experiences for her clients. Having outgrown their current offices, Sam wants to create an extraordinary working environment for her own teams. And I am SO on board with this.

The natural choice of driver for this design is Purpose. My projects always have a core concept that guides and inspires the creative and aesthetic decisions along the way, ensuring that the ideas are strong, authentic and consistent.

The Kitchen: The Heart of a Home — and Workspace

Starting with what is becoming the heart of work as well as home — the kitchen. This one marks its place with a painted black border in an otherwise light and bright corner. Handleless, the matt black, no-mark plywood is simple but so effective. The push-to-open and cut-out handles create a super simple overall look, so the matt black laminated plywood is the detail you notice.

Plytech Polaris HPL on Birch. Polaris is anti-fingerprint, smooth to touch, scratch resistant and with enhanced anti-bacterial properties… plus other good things.

First Impressions Count

Working through how something is made is a vital part of the design process. We tested the effect of different coloured substrates and router line thicknesses for our oak veneer doors. We’ve opted for the widest cut on plain — enough of a shadow to distinguish the pattern, but not too much emphasis on the lines so as to distract from the logos and other colour elements.

All towards creating a fine first impression — sliding doors in an entry foyer that will conceal all sorts of ugly but necessary building services.

To find out more about this project or to discover how we can achieve similar results for your commercial interior design, please complete our online contact form or call Frances Fraser on 027 474 9191, email