Paying tribute to the Tui bird, Naumi Auckland Airport is designed to exude contemporary yet bold accents with inspiration from visual features of New Zealand’s native bird with a play on natural elements in enhancing guests’ experiences.
Be delighted in a sensory experience of art and dramatic pops of colour through the vivid imagination of Naumi as you journey through the hotel.
A customized 2.5-meter bird cage welcomes you as you step into the hotel and stand under the unique Naumi chandelier that beckons from an impressively high ceiling. The 24-carat gold textured wall that greets you as you check in commissioned to the NY Art Department (NZ), represents the feathered nape of the Tui Bird. You will be immersed into an impressive trove of art and installations as you journey through the hotel. Spot 95 gold discs hand painted with feather pattern as you continue through the lounge area – also commissioned to the NY Art Department.
Spot an eclectic mix of handpicked pieces of accessories and furnishings from well-known designers: Skultana (UK), Jonathan Adler (USA), Max Gimblett (NZ), Zanotta (IT), Arnold Palmer(NZ), Kartell (IT), Poltrana Frau (IT) and more.
Belynda Henry, Australian based artist and winner of the prestigious NSW Wynne prize was specially commissioned to capture the natural landscape of the Auckland landscape, has her original pieces showcased in the hotel’s lobby. These artworks are transformed onto rugs in guest rooms facilitating the interaction and engagement with guests and the natural landscapes through art.
The rugs in the rooms represent vibrancy and have a playful interpretation of the beauty of the Tui bird’s native surroundings. As you step onto the walkable piece of art, you are connecting with the natural habitat of the Tui bird through the sense of touch.
New Zealand based designer Judi Bagust was commissioned to work on original pieces for Naumi Auckland Airport in capturing the lyrical notes of the singing Tui bird. The original pieces are seen in the main dining area, Paksa Restaurant and guest rooms are furnished with limited edition re-prints of the art pieces in customized brass frames.
Art being a strong focus for Bagust, she gracefully encapsulates the lyrical notes of the Tui Bird as it sings in an elegant formation of twists and turns. Her pieces add to the visual features and inspiration of New Zealand’s native bird for which the hotel’s key theme is based on.
‘Seemingly floating in space, Judi Bagust’s brushed ink marks stretch, loop and fold across their paper substrate in one elegant, oscillating movement. Within each mark, the fine linear trails of individual brush bristles mimic and echo each other’s every twist and turn. The effect is that of a delicate yet lively stratum: a fleeting sliver of a memory of a geological form or musical phrase.’