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In Profile: Mimolimit s.r.o.

In Profile: Mimolimit s.r.o.

Shortlisted: for 2 Categories

The International Hotel & Property Awards 2024

The International Hotel & Property Awards 2024

Name: Barbora Skorpilova

Company: Mimolimit s.r.o.

Position within company: Executive Director


Tell us a little about your background in design (education, experience, etc)

I began to focus on my chosen field quite early, having earned my secondary school diploma in Furniture Construction and Design. I had originally intended to pursue graphics: typography, posters and illustration. However, one of my teachers at the time, Miloš Beran, inspired me towards design, and I changed my mind. I knew I made the right decision after attending a lecture by architect Bořek Šípek in Prague in 1989. The things he presented then had stories: they were not merely functional. They combined seemingly incompatible materials and set new perspectives on ingrained stereotypes. They made dining a ceremony again, transformed chairs into objects, and turned cutlery into jewellery. In the years that followed I studied under Professor Šípek and assisted him in his studios in Prague and Amsterdam. My journey was also significantly influenced by Jan Němeček and Michal Froněk, the founders of the studio Olgoj Chorchoj. Soon, I began my own small design projects, which gradually grew in size, and in 1999 my classmate Jan Nedvěd and I teamed up to found Mimolimit studio.

Today, Mimolimit consists of a team of architects, designers and specialists. We focus on interior and product design as well as architectural projects. We aim for our buildings to remain top-notch in quality and to serve the purpose for which they were built even fifty years from now. We want the stories we create with our clients to reflect our dedication to our work as well as our understanding of our clients´ needs and briefs. Mimolimit´s work embodies the clashes of different cultures and environments, transcending regional, conceptual and stylistic boundaries. Our unconventional use of materials and their combinations attract attention not only at home, but also abroad. Our portfolio includes 140 projects in 13 countries around the world. The best characterisation of Mimolimit´s work is our motto: “BEYOND LIMITS”.

How would you describe your personal design style?

Unity of beauty in plurality. Today, I express this in a more subtle manner. I have moved towards a greater humility in seeking the right proportions, material combinations, and their transformation over time. We create a great number of atypical architectural elements for our projects, which make our realisations distinctive and recognisable – they have their own unique signature. This is because, in larger projects, we can design repeating architectural elements – doors, fittings, storage, switches – that make the project more individualistic.  Our projects also have their own special atmosphere, lighting.

Where does your design inspiration come from?

It arises from understanding the relationships and connections between people, places and ideas, combined with experience and the ability to listen to wishes and ask the right questions.

In what direction do you feel that design is moving towards in a general sense?

We are in a period of “reinterpretation” of design from the last century. Simultaneously, we are being influenced by new design methods, like parametricism and associated 3D printing, which is still in many respects in the development stage production-wise. One path is individuality, where design is created in limited editions using both the latest technologies and traditional trades, which themselves become art. Such design is created for individual projects or sold through galleries, now also in the form of concept stores with a strong digital base, such as Artemest. The other path is design for everyone, where large companies produce design in large series and need it to appeal to a wider audience. With the help of artificial intelligence, everything will mean higher quality for everyone, but also some sort of greater averaging. We have long known the world of design influenced by visionary manufacturing companies. Even they are now being sold to large multinational corporations. Chains like Zara Home are an example. Notice that the longest queues in Milan during design week are not into company exhibits, but into buildings housing firms like Dior, Armani and Hermes. There, young people stand in queues over a kilometre long to see these extraordinary exhibits.

Name five key themes to consider when approaching design in 2023 and beyond.

  1. Sustainability
  2. Socially and environmentally responsible materials and technologies
  3. Bringing the best from the past into the light of the present
  4. Timeless design
  5. Parametricism

If you could offer one piece of advice when it comes to design schemes, what would it be?

It is usually not important how the light looks but from where and how it shines. It can create an atmosphere where even cold and uninteresting materials can start to feel pleasant.

How important are The International Design & Architecture Awards?

Like any award, they give us architects a chance to be seen, to present our work and show the trust our clients have in us.

What projects are you currently working on?

Although we design most of our projects in Prague, our clients come from all over the world, be it the Maldives, Israel, Lebanon, Belgium or Greece. In total, we have worked in 13 different countries. For me, the type of project is not as important as the client who allows us to do interesting work with the location or brief. If, however, I am to summarise briefly, our work consists predominantly of renovations of residential historical buildings and hospitality projects, like hotels.

What was your favorite project to work on and why?

Every single one. Each project has taught me something new and also made me new friends.

What was your most challenging project to work on and why?

There are several. The unfinished Hilton hotel in Mongolia – it was exceptional in size, scope, location and size of the international team working on it. Ranking among our other exceptional projects are of course the PPF offices and Velaa Private Island in the Maldives.

Which products/services could you not live without when designing?

We work on larger projects and could not realise them without a larger team of architects, engineers, project managers, implementation companies and specialised trades, all of whom are professionals. They are visionaries, they love their work, and they do it above and beyond the ordinary.

What are your aims and goals for the next twelve months?

Just like in the past twenty-five years: to complete ongoing projects (laughter).

Final thoughts; tell us a little more about yourself and your daily inspirations: Your most treasured possession?


Your favourite holiday destination?

Asia – Japan; Africa; Italy; and South Moravia.

Your favourite hotel, restaurant & bar?

As I travel a lot and also design hotels, I can´t say I have one specific favourite. My personal guidebook is many pages long.

Your favourite book, film & song?

It´s similar to travelling. When in Asia, you have a different choreography of images, sounds and moods running through your mind. When you return home and go, for example, to South Moravia, the film or book, if you will, is completely different again. I listen to a lot of music: classic jazz, Sigur Rós, HVOB, Avishai Cohen, Philip Glass. I also listen to audiobooks while driving. This year, I enjoyed the book The Hidden Life of Trees. I don´t go to the cinema much, but the films I like to re-watch from time to time are Out of Africa, Amadeus and Miyazaki´s animations. I really enjoy modern ballet, with an amazing performance being Planet [wanderer] by Damian Jalet with a set by Kohei Nawa. It´s an extraordinary artistic experience.

Your favourite food and drink?

Burgundy wines, Italian and Japanese cuisine.

Your favourite way to spend an afternoon?

Usually at my desk, but I enjoy walking and observing. Discovering new spaces. Just as someone has read many books, I have explored many spaces.

If you weren’t a designer, what would you be?

I can´t imagine having any other professional.

Anything else interesting?

My designs always borrow from different disciplines, so I am constantly highlighting the importance of working within a multidisciplinary team. Lately I have gravitated towards pursuing creative ventures that allow me to explore the ample spectrum of possibilities within my practice.

Mimolimit s.r.o. have been shortlisted for 2 categories in The International Hotel & Property Awards 2024.

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