Monica Lal

Allies & Morrison

After graduating from the University of Auckland I spent two and a half years in a wonderful and challenging architectural practice in Auckland; learning and doing everything in the architectural spectrum. I decided that it was time to make the great pilgrimage to Europe and currently live and work in London while foraying into adventures around Europe. Before leaving New Zealand a small but great opportunity presented itself and after moonlighting for three months I had really flexed my design and management skills which ended in a successful finished product. Out of this success was born a small design partnership called mimo inc*. We view ourselves as a 'design collaborative' and like to keep in-touch with friends and colleagues we have met on the way for our next creative challenge. The practice I currently work for provides me with an opportunity to work on large projects in the most vibrant city... but still making time for the things I love the most.

Project Title
Tight space, tight budget, tight time frame... the best ingredients for creative design and construction ingenuity. This small milk and cookie bar is set in the historic Civic Theatre building in Auckland’s CBD. The concept evolved rapidly from a small and redundant space to dynamic and quirky interior. Use of basic materials such as strandboard and plywood formed the base palette of this fitout with custom furniture and fittings providing intricacy and intelligence to a fun environment. Textures and colours make the interior more tactile while shapes define unique solids, voids and silhouettes that cut and fill the space. The crowning jewel is a delicate light pendant made from glass milk bottles that comfortably hovers over the curious space. Our philosophy for this fitout had been about having a sense of adventure; in concept, design and execution. Photo Credit: Kei Workshop
Year of Completion
Hospitality, Interior Fitout
Project Designer & Project Manager