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Interior Design: The Millswyn

November 24, 2010

A new French brasserie in Melbourne is influenced by the sleek lines of Scandinavian interiors and old-world opulence.

The Millswyn, whose name is derived from its eponymous cross street, is housed on the premises formerly occupied by famed South Yarra institution Lynch’s. The Millswyn accommodates up to 110 guests in total and comprises two levels of dining including a private dining space with separate entrance.

The restaurant’s Nordic-inspired interior is understated, yet detailed and sophisticated with sleek, minimalist lines and a functional aesthetic. Hecker Guthrie pared back the restaurant’s old interior and utilised layering of colours, shapes and eras to create an intimate space.

Old-fashioned plaited mops hang along the white tiled walls; Italian porcelain lights adorn the restaurant space and chrome and galvanised pendants dangle above the front bar. This playful array of European domestic objects creates an inviting, almost homely kitchen atmosphere in the breezy front breakfast bar. The muted colour palette of khakis and grey used in The Millswyn reflects the gradual transition from bright informality to a subdued sophistication.

The careful selection of vintage European copper wall sconces and American Shaker influenced furnishings complement the light olive-toned walls and timber panelling running through the restaurant. The historic marble fireplaces have been kept intact, allowing diners to enjoy the intimate cosiness of the inner dining room settings.

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