MTMDESIGN is an interior design studio founded in 2013 by Barcelona architect Max Trullás Moreno in Shanghai, China. We are specialized in hospitality and commercial projects. We have experience in multiple Asian markets like China, Hong Kong, The Philippines, Korea, Indonesia and Vietnam.
We craft every project as a unique story. Each context, location, concept and client deserve a unique narrative as an answer to their needs.
We like to engage with the final user, creating comfortable environments and emotional experiences with a fun and creative twist. Because life is too short to dine or work in a boring or uncomfortable space!
MTMDESIGN work has been published in multiple magazines and online design websites like AD China, Elle Decoration, BOB Magazine Korea, Officesnapshot and Designboom. MTMDESIGN was also selected in AD100 2017, as one of the most influential designers in China.
Italo Social Eatery is a restaurant and lounge by Funkadeli group in Shanghai. The aim was to create a higher level concept without losing the “funky Italian” spirit of their of the other group venues. As a multipurpose concept, it had to accommodate guests for lunch/brunch and morph into a dining/aperitivo/cocktail venue that goes till late at night.
We took inspiration from the mid-century Milan and Rome. Those were the Italian golden years, with its innovative and optimistic design, Cinnecitta’s movie stars glamour and hedonistic spirit … We wanted to take this ambiance as starting point and reformulate it in a contemporary way.
The Italo experience starts at the cinematographic staircase, wrapped bright red in bright red perforated metal panels and mirrored ceilings. A dramatic custom design wood and brass hexagonal louver filters the views at the entrance, revealing the seafood raw bar and lounge room. The eclectic furniture, resembles a comfortable “loft” living room.
The cocktail bar seats at the center of the action acting as main character and colorful backdrop with its handmade ceramic tiles, dome custom made light fixtures and hammered brass panel.
The veranda umbrella room, with its patchwork terrazzo flooring, adds a bit nostalgia and links both lounge dining rooms. It’s also used as VIP room and flexible dance floor for parties.
The lounge-dining room has perforated metal custom designed light fixtures and a neon mural that provide a festive glows.
Italo is a cinematographic hedonistic space that changes for each situation through its dramatic bespoke lighting and flexible layout.