Like any team working within a dynamic and creative industry, we love watching and following the latest evolutions of design style. Architectural design influences can be both short lived or long lasting along with an on ongoing melding of retro influences in modern design. When it comes to Mackit’s bespoke designs, we always incorporate and encourage design elements and materials that are enduring, beautiful and purposeful – rather than what’s currently “trending”.

We’ve compiled a selection of interior images that we found inspiring and guided some of our project design directions during 2018. If you want to see more, check out our Pinterest boards!

Bobertz Residence, Craig Ellwood


This mid-century living space designed by Craig Ellwood caught our eye again and again. We love the different tones and textures of  the timbers used (cork, stained shiplap and whitewashed ceiling) and the contrasting addition of the block/concrete wall. We were also inspired to rediscover cork flooring, and after further research into its sustainability and other benefits, we chose to use it in our Mackit Habitat Project.


More often than not, clients who come to us for a new home design have a window seat on their list of requirements. When beautifully designed and integrated into a space, a windowseat serves many purposes. The incorporated glazing frames a snapshot of the outside environment, bringing the natural attributes of the home’s setting into the space. The seat itself can serve as both that cozy nook to cuddle up into with a good book, along with integrating storage and incorporating materials that make it a real “wow” feature of the home. Can you spot the window seat in our Mackit Habitat interior renders?

Kovinoplastika Kitchen by Orange Graphics

Kitchen design is an ever changing facet of interior design; which comes with the territory when it is the area of the home that’s usually considered both the heart, and centre-piece. It needs to not only be a highly functional and intuitive space, but also needs to make a statement about the home and those who live there. We’ve been loving the shift away from sterile white kitchens, to a darker colour palette with a mix of materials and textures, such as the above Orange Graphics kitchen. The modern angular island is also showstopper and reminds us that an ‘island’ can also be an opportunity to include a sculptural and artistic statement into the design.

Leibal Architects Kitchen

This contemporary kitchen designed by Leibal Architects again utilises those darker moody tones we have been loving. The deep walnut coloured timber joinery creates a refined yet highly luxurious ambience to the space and inspired our Mackit Habitat kitchen design.

House A, Andrew Walter

These two images from Andrew Walter’s House A, make our hearts happy; there are so many design elements that we simply adore. The lushly planted courtyard gives the interior space a feeling of being completely immersed within its natural environment; allowing light to fill the space and radiate off the stunning light timber floors and whitewashed walls. This lightness is balanced expertly by the highly textural, dark timber elements which mirror both the exterior cladding of the home, as well as bringing an earthiness to the interior. The slat framed floating staircase combines function and design effortlessly. We are currently working on an exciting new project that includes not one, but two lush glazed courtyards.

We hope you’ve enjoyed this collection of interior inspiration from 2018. With 2019 now well underway we can definitely already see where some of our newest design influences are leading us!

At Mackit Architecture we design bespoke residential architecture for discerning clients. Based in Greytown in the Wairarapa, our team design beautiful, practical and enduring new homes or renovations both locally and New Zealand wide.