Auckland – Walking into the Milse dessert restaurant in Auckland is like stepping into a world away from New Zealand. Cheshire Architects used moucharaby, classical Islamic latticework, to create curved, cave-like walls for an intimate dining experience.
Using scraps of trimmings and offcuts from neighbouring businesses, the architects created a tranquil space in an area that is bustling with traffic. The geometric design was inspired by the delicate nature of dessert-making.
‘We set out to shape a space of cave-like intensity, leavened with the fragility of a filigree screen,’ says architect Nat Cheshire. ‘Most of our sweet tradition evolved from ancient Arabia. Everything [about the design] is intended to support the mystery, intricacy and surprise of the dessert craft it celebrates.’
The wooden interior and salvaged materials of Milse restaurant replicates the trends we uncovered in our Crafted Locale design direction.