James & Wells

James & Wells is one of New Zealand’s leading independent intellectual property practices. They are in the business of ensuring that clever thinking gets the recognition that it deserves and aim to be Australia and New Zealand’s most sought after intellectual property company.

Having previously worked with Gaze in our Auckland office, James & Wells were eager to engage Gaze for their return to a prime location in the heart of the Christchurch CBD. As one of the leading independent intellectual property Law practices in New Zealand and Australia, our brief from them was to encompass corporate elements from the look and feel of their Auckland office with additional design features to complement the architecture of the new building.

Versatility played a key role in the design concept with features such as a bi-folding glazed partition wall that opens up the space for larger functions, a multifunctional quiet space, and adjustable furniture and joinery that can easily be moved away. Integrated white goods and fold away doors were used to conceal appliances when not in use. The reception area partition provides a perfect natural divide to the main office area while maintaining the open flow that James & Wells were looking for along with a welcoming feel for visitors and clients.

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