Design in Focus

Design in Focus

The Cavalier recently renamed as The Cav has been a feature of the pub scene in Ponsonby, NZ,  for over 150 years, with its reinvention as a gastro Pub, The Cav has been given a new sense of identity yet maintaining its traditional roots and ancestry.

Preserving the historical influence was a priority for the client. The quality of the fit out and attention to detail by the construction and design team show an integrity to the complexity of a modern fit out whilst maintaining historical accuracy and meeting the needs of a commercial space. Traditional colour schemes have been employed with a modern twist in mustard, black and white with shots of colour throughout. Pendant lights hung above the American oak bar top in tight groups also reflect an essential pub atmosphere.

Spaces have been designed to allow patrons to enjoy a variety of settings giving the customer and the proprietor the options of private spaces and lounge areas. The famous external deck area has been maintained and is housed with traditional black and white canopies with bi fold doors opening to hanging baskets in a riot of colour.

Hand crafted imported wall tiles, imported by Bourkeshire Interiors, adorn the restaurant in accent colours which are reminiscent of the Victorian age and work with the fabric selections with deep buttoned upholstered seating options.

 The Clay team shot

Enormous framed wallpaper art displaying an opulent bouquet of flowers from Sweedish Wallpaper brand Eco,  sits well in this traditional setting complete with period mouldings, wall panelling, plaster ceiling roses and materials which complement the overall space giving it an air of sophisticated yet casual grandeur.


In the Lounge room, the ambience is followed through from floor to ceiling with exotic animal print wallpaper scenes on the ceiling and a quirky mounted Zebras head over the richly carved fireplace.

Hand crafted furniture details hark to a Cape Cod atmosphere in light oak and white framed furnishings. The clean lines of the bespoke furniture is designed to fit into this unique interior and completes the scene and meets the demands of a practical commercial environment.

close up tiles 2

The overall result by designer Sophie Burns form Burning Red Design ticks all the boxes. 

Project Designer:  Sophie Burns, Burning Red Design Ltd,

Feature Materials include  The handmade encaustic cement tiles are produced by a method where a mixture of high quality cement, marble powder, natural stones granules, natural colour pigments and sand is pressed under high pressure; For more information contact Bourkeshire Interiors, Wallpaper Mural Design is from Eco's Renaissance collection, the mural design measures 225cm x 265cm; for more information contact the Australian distributor Radford, 

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