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I had been intrigued with the restaurant collection offered at ‘3D Environments’  (formerly 'The 123D')for a while and when they suggested that I review some of their product, I was lured into the proposal just for a chance to take a look at the collection I had been eyeing for a while.

It was actually very interesting writing this review because when presented with the couple observations I had of things I thought were needed, 'The123D' graciously thanked me for my observations and made the changes to the collections and made them available to me. It is obvious that they want to provide a first class product and take no offense at suggestions, actually very refreshing as far as the review process goes.

The two collections that I reviewed where the ‘Restaurant Kit’ and ‘Asian Furniture Kit’, 'The123D' had thought the ‘Classic Designer Furniture Kit’ would interest the archvis community, but I had thought showcasing unique content instead of the stuff everyone offers would be more interesting to our members. 'The123D' was accommodating to my opinion, but donated a copy of their Barcelona chair for our free resource area so our members could check out the product and they could show off a bit of the ‘Classic Designer Series’. The free model for members can be found here:  {quickdown:202}



Before I get into my review I will quote 'The123D' explanation on how it all started:
“A few years ago when we started using models from various sources we realized that there was often a detail or problem to solve before you could actually use the model. The insertion point would be a hundred miles away, there would be a texture missing, or else a material name would conflict with an existing material in the scene.
The objective in creating The123D models was to create professional standard models, which do not present this sort of issue. The123D models are clean, harmonious, and ready to drop or merge into a scene, without presenting conflicts. The Vray versions are also cleaned up to prevent warning messages.
The models are grouped and logically named, to help artists manage their scenes easily.
At least that's the idea :) Maybe you'll find something that we haven't spotted!! - But in any case we can say that a certain effort has gone into trying to obtain this objective, and make the models truly 'high quality'.
Just a quick word about the process:
All the products are created for 3ds max with the Vray plugin in mind. We tend to leave image sampling settings in a kind of draft render version so that they do not take years to render. This can produce a bit of noise - but we think certain customers appreciate being able to render more quickly, and of course you always have the choice to improve your settings if you are willing to wait longer or have a good processor under the hood!
All textures are hand made in Photoshop.” 

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