[dropcap size=big]T[/dropcap]he Naumi Hotel Auckland Airport has bucked the trend for beige interiors with two new design suites inspired by Italian fashion house Missoni and the work of contemporary Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama.
Already known for its quirky decor, the Naumi’s one-bedroom suites “Dottie” and “Ziggy” have been conceptualised by Material Creative, and echo the approach taken in unveiling the Chanel and Warhol design suites found at the flagship Naumi Singapore.
The rooms are bold and bright, incorporating Missoni’s trademark zig-zag patterns in one and Kusama’s polka dots in the other.The Ziggy suite has a neon-lit bar and football table, as well as pillows and throws designed by the fashion house, and wallpaper hand-painted by the NY Art Dept in New Zealand.Meanwhile, the Dottie suite has a riot of polka dots scattered all over its walls, curtains and furniture, along with original Kusama handkerchiefs and tea towels in frames.“Polka dots can’t stay alone. When we obliterate nature and our bodies with polka dots, we become part of the unity of our environments,” Kusama once said.Kusama has exploded in popularity in recent times with a travelling exhibition of her installations visiting galleries around the world. The Yayoi Kusama Museum opened in Tokyo in September 2017.Nightly rates at Naumi Hotel Auckland Airport start from NZ$350 (£178) based on two adults sharing a Habitat room.
Naumi is planning to open two properties in Wellington next year, followed by a new hotel in Sydney in 2020.