Locally created art is set to become a major feature of restaurant fit-outs in 2019. Art works well with the trend towards casual, rustic dining – the new Morningside development in Auckland featured three unique pieces of art, done by local artists, which reflected the individual identity of the three street-food-style vendors. It also gives customers a further opportunity for social media posting, acting as free marketing


The Scandinavian idea of ‘cosy contentment’ is taking the world by storm, with restaurant fit-outs reflecting the New Nordic aesthetic. The idea of hygge (pronounced “hoo-gah”) is the allow guests to feel comfortable in a space – a hands-off approach to service, a relaxed atmosphere and an interior design that feels like a home. Upholstery, cushions and blankets all contribute to hygge.


Maybe it’s a by-product of the #MeToo movement, but there has been a definite surge of interest in gender issues over the past few years. This has given rise to questions about the roles of parents in raising their children, which has led to debate about the lack of changing tables in men’s bathrooms. Restaurants in the US and Europe are beginning to install changing tables in non-gender-specific rooms, or changing tables in both bathrooms, and it won’t be long before the trend reaches New Zealand. With Millennials now emerging as a distinct spending group with an eye for social issues, a restaurant that caters to the needs of the modern parent will no doubt gain plaudits from social media and beyond.