Jasmax designs Auckland's The Sugar Club

New Zealand-based architecture and interior designer Jasmax completed the Art Deco-inspired The Sugar Club, a restaurant in Auckland, New Zealand. Located on the 53rd floor of Auckland’s 1,076-foot-high Skytower building, The Sugar Club’s interior is takes cues from the 2009 Italian film, “I am Love,” directed by Luca Guadagnino.

Owned and operated by chef Peter Gordon, The Sugar Club restaurant is accessed by a glass elevator that offers views of the city. Within the restaurant, diners can enjoy a 360-degree view of up to 80 miles around. The menu includes fusion cooking.

The floor plan is divided into various spaces, including the cocktail/bar, reception, private dining and restrooms. Some of The Sugar Club’s key design aspects include: a polished brass plate cocktail bar and cocktail lounge; a private dining room with brass clad privacy screens; an open display pastry kitchen; and Missoni-inspired bathrooms. Walnut Ronda dining chairs, designed by Lievore Altherr Molina for Spanish company Andreu World, are also included throughout the restaurant.


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For lighting, ceiling lights were selected to limit reflection and glare.  There are also brass Void pendants by Tom Dixon hanging over each table. Working with European lighting and furniture supplier ECC, Jasmax had the Void pendants adapted with a pulley system for more flexibility in the main dining space.  Also, the Zanadoo chandeliers by Arteriors were chosen to compliment the interior scheme.

The first Sugar Club opened in Wellington in 1986. A second restaurant opened in London on Notting Hill’s All Saints Road in 1995. This was followed by the third restaurant in West Soho in 1998.