Matei Millo Interior Design – a neo classic interpretation.

This is a stylish project we designed in mid-2021 in Bucharest, where we got to play with eclectic framing and lavish finishes.

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This interior design project is still in progress and in construction, so we’ll document the process and the versions of the design, as shown to the client. The interior visualizations are rough since they had to serve the purpose of communicating as fast and as clear as possible with the client.

At the time we write this article, we have another ongoing luxurious project, that took another path: the industrial opulence atmosphere.

 

Neo classical design of a living room, with red and white walls.

 

 

 

The existing space – where we started from.

To understand the space, you need to see it with your eyes, smell the fresh plaster, feel the imperfections under your own fingertips. To stay true to ourselves and serve the client’s interest as well as we possibly can, we always take a few trips to the site before starting any interior design project. These images below will bring you as close as possible to the reality of the previous space before we made any interior design adjustments. We won’t go through all the house, since it would mean uploading at least an image for each space. We’re talking about the Entrance hallway, Living room, Dining room, Kitchen, 5 bathrooms over 3 levels, 4 Bedrooms over 2 levels, 2 Dressing rooms, 2 Balconies.

The exterior of the construction site where the apartment is being designed.
The exterior of the construction site where the apartment is being designed.
View from the entrance of the house towards the living room under construction.
View from the entrance of the house towards the living room under construction.
The kitchen, the entry hall and the stairs seen from the dining area.
The kitchen, the entry hall, and the stairs are seen from the dining area.
The dining area seen from the kitchen, before the interior design was put into workmanship.
The dining area is seen from the kitchen, before the interior design was put into workmanship.
Detail of the metal handrail stairs mounted on the concrete floor, before the finishing was put in place.
Detail of the metal handrail stairs mounted on the concrete floor before the finishing was put in place.
Stairs seen from the first floor, up to the second floor.
Stairs seen from the first floor, up to the second floor.

 

 

 

 

Phase one – first version of the overall interior design.

At this point we just had the very first discussions with the client. After their brief, we came up with the following design – see the pictures below. We quickly understood that they were looking for a luxurious interior with neo-classical accents. They insisted on using polystyrene frames on the walls and on the ceiling, and oriental-culture-inspired insertions in the marble floor. Even though we don’t usually use elements like these, we made it work. We interpreted this mainstream, overused understanding of luxurious interiors into a mix of neo-classical and art deco, then added some of our spices.

The renders are rough, with super-fast editing or none at all, and have a low resolution – because their purpose was to quickly establish the path we were going to take with this house. Even though this was the first draft we showed to the client, it still deserves a place here in between our top projects.⁣

Eclectic interior design rendering of the living room, with red TV wall and golden accents.
Eclectic interior design rendering of the living room, with red TV wall and golden accents.
View towards the living room sofa, rendered from the hallway.
View towards the living room sofa, rendered from the hallway.
Living room visualization showing a black and white sofa.
Living room visualization showing a black and white sofa.
The art deco inspired dining, designed with black and white walls, and golden accents.
The art deco inspired dining, designed with black and white walls, and golden accents.
3D rendering of the dining neo classical design.
3D rendering of the dining interior design.

 

 

 

Phase 2 – the adapted design

The feedback from phase 1 was that we should tame the design a little bit. (Even though our first discussion pointed us to using strong red, black and white elements with golden insertions for accents.) The client understood in a matter of a week that they were looking for a more pastel-champagne-white interior, keeping the neo-classical frames on the walls and on the ceiling.

Champagne and pastel colors for the bedroom design.
Champagne and pastel colors for the bedroom design.

 

Hallway view towards the livingroom.
Hallway view towards the livingroom.

 

 

 

Phase three – the final interior design.

Sometimes client’s taste is a bit different than ours, but the result is nevertheless satisfying. This is the final version of the interior design! Now we only need to implement the plans and the overall atmosphere into reality.

The last version of the hallway black and white design.
The last version of the hallway black and white design.
3d render of the entrance mirror and an ottoman in front.
3d render of the entrance mirror and an ottoman in front.
Living room visualization towards the black metal and marble stairs.
Living room visualization towards the black metal and marble stairs.
Neo classic interior design of the living room.
Neo classic interior design of the living room.
Kitchen furniture designed with granite countertop, black and birch wood finishes. Visualization towards the art deco dining room.
Kitchen furniture designed with granite countertop, black and birch wood finishes. Visualization towards the art deco dining room.
Pastel green and golden bedroom design.
Pastel green and golden bedroom design.
Visualization from the bed towards the neoclassical finished TV wall. On the left, the door to the master bathroom, and on the right the door towards the dressing.
Visualization from the bed towards the neoclassical finished TV wall. On the left, the door to the master bathroom, and on the right the door towards the dressing.
Master bathroom finished with blue colored marble and golden accents.
Master bathroom finished with blue-colored marble and golden accents.
3d render of the small bathroom from the ground floor, black, white and golden accents design.
3d render of the small bathroom from the ground floor, black, white and golden accents design.
The child bathroom rendering, blue and champagne design, with starry sky print on the ceiling.
The child bathroom rendering, blue and champagne design, with starry sky print on the ceiling.

 

 

 

to be continued…

 

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