Yu Mei Lounge Newmarket
Kiwi leather goods label Yu Mei calls its luxurious stores “lounges” – and while the company is based in Wellington, its Newmarket lounge is a stylish home away from home. The elegant space was fashioned by interior design firm Knight Associates and is divided into three zones.
You can browse current collection pieces in the “reception” (the main front shop space) and head through glass double doors at the rear that open into a “gallery” with shoppable past-season Yu Mei styles. Further out the back, there’s a kitchen area for shopping events and product launches. Materially, it all feels cohesive, with Oamaru stone plinths from the same South Island region as Yu Mei’s signature deer nappa, stained oak displays and onyx marble.
The furniture looks like works of art – vintage Jean-Marie Massaud occasional chairs; a deep green Camaleonda sofa by Mario Bellini; iconic corrugated cardboard Frank Gehry Wiggle side chairs; and a silk bamboo rug by New Zealand company Nodi. There are also actual artworks to admire, such as a painting by Gretchen Albrecht and a quirky, sculptural light by Yona Lee.