A while back, Alexa wrote about a project by one of our favorite designers, New Zealander Katie Lockhart. What we especially admire about Katie is her deft touch when it comes to mixing different styles and periods so that the overall look isn’t too fussy or contrived.

Below, we dissect the elements that make this living room, in an Auckland villa, one of the coolest we’ve seen.

Photography by David Straight courtesy of Katie Lockhart Studio.

Above: Trowel-polished plaster by Resene Rockcote, a plaster cladding specialist in New Zealand, make up the walls throughout the home.
katie lockhart franklin road project 1 Above: Katie often works with her friend, carpenter Grant Bailey, to design custom furniture for her clients. For this room, they collaborated on the armchair. Much of the rest of the furniture was found after a sourcing trip to Japan. Katie had the sofa, ottoman, and armchair all covered in the same olive green upholstery.
katie lockhart franklin road project 2 Above: Custom built-in walnut cabinetry runs the length of one wall, spanning the living room and kitchen.
katie lockhart franklin road project 3 Above: Katie worked with Jack McKinney Architects on the project. Their clients were inspired by a recent trip to Sri Lanka, where they encountered the work of architect Geoffrey Bawa.
katie lockhart franklin road project 4 Above: To the right is an interior garden, conceived by Katie and executed by her brother, landscape designer Jared Lockhart.

Here’s what you’ll need to replicate the look:


truck furniture's cs sofa 5 Above: Katie selected the CS Sofa and Ottoman from Truck in Japan for the living room; ¥594,000 and ¥145,500.
woven rushed bench by mel smilow at 1st dibs 6 Above: The rush bench in the space is from Japan. For a similar look, try this American-made Woven Rush Bench by Mel Smilow; $3,060 at 1stdibs.
sawkille bleached walnut tall stool 7 Above: In lieu of a side table, consider an elegant-rustic Tall Stool by Sawkille; from $1,000.


aalto floor lamp 8 Above: Artek’s A810 Floor Lamp by Alvar Aalto is $2,119 at Finnish Design Shop.
hotaru double bubble light 9 Above: The Hotaru Double Bubble Light starts at £270 at twentytwentyone.
flos jasper morrison glo ball mini t table lamp 10 Above: The GLO Ball Basic Zero Table Lamp by Jasper Morrison is $293 at Lumens. (See 10 Easy Pieces: Diffused Glow Bedside Lamps.)


vintage berber pillow from berberology 11 Above: This Vintage Berber Pillow is $102 at Berberology.

Flooring & Walls

fornace brioni traditional cotto 12 Above: The tiles throughout the room are Italian terracotta tiles from Fornace Brioni.
tuareg mat from kulchi 13 Above: Katie purchased the Tuareg mat from Kulchi. From the website: “Produced by the nomadic Tuareg tribes of Mauritania – the Tuareg mats are handmade with reed and decorated with leather.”
aalto pause paint 14 Above: The color on the walls is Pause, from Aalto Paint, a New Zealand paint company.

For the whole house tour, see Collective Composition: A Historic Villa Renovation in Auckland by Katie Lockhart and Jack McKinney Architects.

For more projects by the designer, see:

N.B.: This post is an update; the original story ran on March 9, 2021.

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