When it comes to creating classical interiors that will withstand the test of time, and not feel stale, designer Robert Passal knows a thing or two. It's about balancing classical and a touch of contemporary. It's about finding pieces that exude character and mixing in treasures that are rich in history and story, yet combing them with elements that feel current and fresh. It's taking elements that will excite an old soul yet still feel incredibly relative and new.
Designing classical interiors is somewhat of an art form that requires knowledge in art history so that you can respect the elements you're designing with, whether they're true antiques or inspired by bygone eras. Classical, meaning inspired by Greco-Roman, is very different from traditional and is not to be confused! Classical design brings in the true opulence of rich materials, finishes and elegant lines of classical elements where traditional may make a nod to neoclassical inspiration, but still uses more common materials and finishes. We spoke to Robert to get his tips on how to achieve this luxurious classical look, and feel current, to get the look that his clients and fans love and crave!
When designing homes or commercial projects my end game is not only to create spaces that stand the test of time, but spaces that I am proud to look at ten years down the road knowing that they represent my clients aesthetic and lifestyle and remain livable and timelessly current. Good design represents who we are as people. It’s the mix of familial and innovative that seems to capture that spirit. Classic proportions never go out of style, but innovative finishes or fixtures add a bit of edge keeping homes fresh and forward thinking.