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Elegance in forest green: Emerald Residence at Szervita Square

At Szervita Square, in Budapest where the former Downtown Telephone Exchange Center was located, Biggeorge Property envisioned Emerald Hotel&Suits, a hotel and apartment building which forms an architectural unit with St. Anne’s Church and offers one of the city’s most valuable properties. Eszter Radnóczy, chief designer and the este’r partners studio with offices in Szentendre and Milan, is responsible for the interior design concept. The portfolio of este’r partners includes interior design work on Budapest’s most popular restaurants (Bárkert Bistro, La Fabbrica, Minute Lounge&Bar), public spaces (reconstruction of the Buda Civic Casino) and several hotels at Andrássy Avenue.

The recently opened Emerald Residence invites guests into an elegant interior, created with precious materials and unique designs, taking into consideration the beautiful meeting of the old and the new and the heritage of the historic downtown location. Interior designers at este’r partners have created a cosmopolitan, yet high-quality, soft and slightly exotic interior which blends beautifully with the prestigious downtown environment and the modern building.

The interior design team of este’r partners has led the iconic forest green color through the interior of the Emerald: in combination with geometrically fractured claddings and surfaces, it gives the interior a jewel-like elegance. Forest green velvets meet champagne colors, metals and shiny, rich veined marbles: this is interrupted by the use of the natural walnut and playful mirrors.

Functional spatial structure, recurring geometry, hidden functions

The heart of the project is the breathtaking yet functional spatial design: the sunken island of the lobby, the level shifts at the restaurant, the leveled garden adjacent to the church as well as the hotel and apartment rooms.

Spatiality was one of the greatest professional challenges for the Emerald’s interior designers. In the restaurant, for example, they had to break the strict marble pavement was laid in a herringbone pattern, enriched and broken by copper profiles that took away from the strictness of the sahara noire marble. A similar playfulness was used to cover the staircase that connects the lobby to the toilets, and draws the eye of the guests.

 

The architectural shaping of the space was followed by an interior design refinement; they took into consideration the functionality of the space and the operator’s perspective. The spatial design was complemented by the installation of the suspended ceiling and the creation of open partitions to divide or extend the spaces.

The different variations of the Emerald logo, with their graphic playfulness, appear in numerous places throughout the building, yet all remain discreet. Both in the restaurant and in the rooms, hidden functions are a feature, coffee-making units or functional parts of rooms are kept discreet, while the covering is made spectacular and generous by elegant, large surfaces and noble materials.

Elegant wallpapers, recurring forest green and fresh moss bowls

In addition to the exciting spatial relations, the use of noble materials, velvet wallpaper walls and individually designed furniture, space elements and decorative tools create the elegant harmony that characterizes the building. The este’r partners team designed a myriad of unique objects, surfaces and graphics to match Emerald’s rich character – these custom-designed surfaces required a high level of manufacturer knowledge and several technical discussions.

Examples of creative design solutions include the lobby partitions and the unique graphic illuminated ceiling with a plant pattern. The design and shape of Kriska’s metal cladding, which surrounds the lights in the restaurant and lobbies is also striking and emphasise the priority functions. The flooring of the corridors is also based on a unique pattern, with the simple warm beige color blending with the hotel’s recurring green and orange patches – the pattern also highlights the fact that it is printed on a glossy, hotel-quality material.

The interior design team added fresh, unique solutions to the shelving system of the partitioning in the lobby: some decorative elements were added to the shelves to further enhance the visitor experience, such as moss bowls, custom-designed white giant books and Bullstein’s large ceramic vases.

Guides the guest: discreet, yet impressive graphic system

The signage scheme was developed by the este’r partners team with the help of Sign Creative specialists. The signage system as a whole is based on a complete concept: modern and elegant, with champagne-colored, wall-mounted metal signage panels to guide the visitor. It is important that the signs are lightweight, openwork and are floating on the wall cladding behind them, so that the unity is not broken. This way, guests can still feel the wood panelling, the velvet wallpaper behind the signs.

The room number markings are hidden in the floor: next to the room doors, there is a stone inset engraved into a metal plate in the carpet seaming. Guests can also read the numbers in the mirror next to the doors. For better visibility, there is a spot-lighting system that projects narrowly onto the number.

Exclusive solutions and designer partners

Several areas of the hotel are characterized by velvet and silky glamour. Inspirational products such as Erba Italia’s accent, armchairs with their majestic dimension, Ditre Italia’s sofas, Kriska’s metallic curtains and Zava’s technical luminaires were used for the exceptional designs.  The este’r partners team worked with high-quality brands that match to the building’s style: velvet wall coverings by Dutch Walltextile and distinctive furniture by Erba Italia, such as the Virgola chair, were designed for the interiors, accompanied by outstanding solutions such as Kriska’s decorative chain curtains in the restaurant and the lobby.

The hotel is uniquely built in a U-shape around the church of St. Anne in the center of the city, in Szervita Square. Between the church and the partly new, modern building, a garden provides access to the lobby: the level shifts of the garden, the green facade of the new building and a soon-to-be sky-high tree, creates a sheltered, romantic courtyard. The garden will blend into the streets of the city center in a discreet and beautiful way, and will be a peaceful place where guests can relax.

Situated right next to the Szervita Square church, the building does not only offer an outstanding location but also close architectural connection. Guests can also enjoy an unusually impressive view from the courtyard rooms – it can be an incomparable experience combined with interior design solutions and high quality service. The church and the modern new building will be linked by a large glass panel with a unique graphic, which will be visible from the street, bringing together the much-loved duality of Budapest, the old values and the new, vibrant solutions.

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Fresh and fun new restaurant in Vienna: cook for yourself at Makery

After its successful restaurant in Budapest, Makery opened its second unit in Vienna: the interior design concept of the franchise, based on an innovative community cooking experience, was created by este’r partners. With the cooking experience in focus the rough brick cladding, plants and a high level kitchen technology create a welcoming environment for all guests.

 

“The key word of the lively Budapest team is success so we were happy to further develop Makery’s original idea and its design solutions; now it’s a concept that can be turned into an international franchise. They give all guests a sense of victory while forming a community and knowing exactly that this requires a cozy, casual interior where premium kitchen technology and professional environment help to relax.”

The Viennese restaurant is in a populated area close to the city center. The location of the corner building, the interior and exterior spaces offered optimal conditions for the design team: their interior design solutions were created by optimizing local conditions. The characteristics of the rough brick wall and the Prussian vault, the features of the exterior doors and the bar counter were emphasized adding the image of Makery’s strong brand.

 

Tuned to success: cooking experience in focus

Makery is primarily a venue for meeting friends, co-workers or organizing family events. According to the owners’ idea, guests can prepare their dishes or even an entire menu cooking together and using the given ingredients on the basis of instructions, what’s more they can eat the meals together. The interior design concept required a well-thought-out spatial organization as every small movement and step taken can be significant in the cooking process, while a poorly placed drawer or counter could significantly worsen the experience.

 

Stable cooking base, enough space

The team of este’r partners organized the space around functionality: while the strict location of the cooking blocks suggests stability, most elements in the restaurant can be easily moved or converted. Designers had to pay special attention to the fact that guests work with chopped ingredients and lots of kitchen utensils, yet these details need to be structured in the space so that even less experienced chefs don’t get lost in the equipment jungle. The discreet presence of rough brick cladding, simple-lined furniture, Italian tiles and flooring allow guests to focus on the cooking activity and the community experience.

 

Cozy welcome, fresh experience

The design team focused on a cozy and relaxed arrival experience. Guests can wait for their team at the bar counter; this reception area provides a great place for guests and staff to meet and connect. The calm atmosphere is enhanced by the characteristic Makery color scheme: the meeting of yellow-black colors, the use of natural materials and solid wood, and the atmosphere of industrial buildings is also present. Pleasant and warm lighting and large brick walls boost the casual atmosphere.

Increased hygiene

Adherence to hygiene guidelines both in the preparation areas and in the front of the house were utmost important while creating the interior design solutions. Surfaces can be cleaned easily and quickly, trash cans can be opened with a pedal, almost all surfaces can be washed and easily maintained. It was an important request of the client that different groups could cook separately and at a distance from each other. The spatial organization creates an airy, never-crowded space even in case of side-by-side kitchen workflows.

 

Metropolitan design, local flavors

An important part of the Makery concept is that it also provides a unique experience for visiting tourists, who can try the preparation of local traditional dishes with professional help. All nations feel warm and comfortable in the metropolitan, fresh design, and the interior design solutions also allow for international adaptability, ie franchise expansion opportunities.

The interior design team of este’r partners has brought the fresh, vibrant interior of the restaurant in Budapest to the Viennese one. The popular and well-tried interior design solutions are now available in a new location. The alternation of the visible industrial elements, the geometric lines and fresh design add a lot to the community experience. The space is modern, cozy and natural, making guests feel that it’s good to be here and great to cook together.

Photos by Makery (Thomann Bence)
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Elegance in a porcelain shell: este’r partners international work with Waves Project Ltd.

Interior designer Eszter Radnóczy and her team of este’r partners created an elegant, unique architectural and interior design concept for a client on an international project. The studio, in collaboration with her Milanese partner, the renowned Italian architect Stefano Napolitani, founder of Waves Project Ltd., designed a three-part building with stone porcelain cladding with matching, restrained but special interiors.

“We introduced a plan to our client in which we worked with generous spaces where the unique architectural and spatial experience are both very important. The building, which becomes mysterious with a level shift, a hidden garden and stunning interiors, is at once clean, contemporary, but fully personalized,” says Eszter Radnóczy.

The characteristic element of the house is the ventilated stone porcelain, which is used as both a roof and a facade cladding, wrapping the entire building without a break or split. Windows and doors placed in the roof angle continue downwards, connecting the three parts of the building by a glass staircase. The generous stone porcelain cladding also provides high-quality, unique technical solutions, such as rainwater drainage or shading was also a serious challenge.

The house is based on the harmonious alternation of enclosed and open spaces and this continues outdoors as well: while the upper garden communicates openness and is a warm space perfect for gatherings and welcoming guests, the deep garden is a more private, mystical and cozy oasis. A particular feature of the house is the spectacular but intimate overflow pool: this and the study, related to space, are both a spot for relaxation, reflection, focus and silence.

The house is built on a triad of stone porcelain, natural stone and wood, designers followed the tone-in-tone principle. The style of the whole house is uniform, its color scheme is soft and sophisticated. Wood paneling appears everywhere, but as an inverse solution. The recessed garden level and the ground floor, for example, were given cold flooring, the same as the outdoor facade, bringing outside and inside living together.

KITCHEN AND LIVING ROOM

The space division is consciously planned, the exterior cladding of the house runs in and continues along the longitudinal axis: based on the designers’ decision, only the perpendicular partitions were given a dominant cladding which is completely different from the outer walls of the house.

The high-tech kitchen is hidden behind the wood paneling: the infrared-sensing, glass-fronted Valcucine kitchen opens up supporting touch-free interactions and it is made with industrial technology but features cozy and well-equipped, ergonomically developed functions. The kitchen and its surroundings, because of the dominant ceiling and wall cladding, are optically detached from the living room. There is a custom-designed bookshelf in the living room, which hides additional kitchen tools and food preparation appliances on the back wall. The furniture and lamps are iconic design pieces that, in addition to the comfort functions, capture the eye with their design and sophisticated details.

BEDROOM

The huge wood paneling of the bedroom faces the glass wall. The bed is given a central role in the space, here as well the goal was to provide a space experience. With this solution, the designers provide a kind of floating feeling: the Poliform bed, the sofa, the Occhio lamps, as well as the suspended spot lighting are almost floating in the room. Behind the headboard there is a huge glass wall separating the bathroom foyer from the bedroom, which has a high end bathtub and a design washbasin.

BATHROOM

Italian designer, Antonio Lupi’s Dune bathtub was placed in that part of the bathroom which communicates with the bedroom, where it can softly slide into the pedestal. Its shape recalls that of dunes with a perfect design for relaxation. The free-standing, uniquely designed washbasin and mirrors shape the space and serve as room-dividing solutions, while all the necessary functions are included. The enclosed parts of the bathroom, the shower and the washbasin have been moved to separate rooms – these functions are separated by lightweight glass walls for letting light in. With the green wall, the garden experience is reflected in the bathroom.

CLOSET

The closet is custom-designed and was planned with the help of the Italian colleagues of este’r partners. The glass-enclosed cabinet sections have reflective gray glass, this gives the possibility of controling the visibility, depending on the intensity of the light entering the cabinet. The two central elements of the mirrored wardrobe are the island, richly and elegantly divided with organizers, which is more emphasized in the large space by the dynamic, modern crystal chandeliers made by Manooi.

Based on the design by este’r partners and Waves Ltd., every space and interior design feature of the house is detailed, coherent and has been carefully thought out. The whole house is airy: unique space experience, fantastic angles, and the garden beyond the glass walls provides a stunning look to the elegant building.

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Renovated Buda Civic Casino reopens as cultural center in Krisztina square in Budapest

The former Buda Civic Casino reopens in the 1st district of Budapest as the Sándor Márai Cultural Center: the building has undergone a careful renovation respecting its past and architectural values as a community and cultural centre, but also integrating new functions. The building was renovated by the plans of interior designer este’r partners (Eszter Radnóczy) in cooperation with architect studio Jassó Építészműhely (Sándor Jassó and Adrienn Bársony) while the consturciont was completed by Laki Zrt.

The headquarters of the Buda Civil Casino was built in 1893, according to the plans of Imre Francsek, sr. The casino operated on the first floor, with several lounges, drawing and games rooms next to the ballroom. There was a restaurant in the basement, several shops on the ground floor and three rental apartments on the second floor. In the corner shop on the ground floor there was first a beer hall, then a bank, later the confectionery of József Auguszt from 1901 to 1915, and in 1936 the Philadelphia café moved here. After the Second World War, until 1989, the building was the district headquarters of the Hungarian Socialist Workers’ Party (MSZMP), the Hungarian Young Communist League (KISZ), the Pioneer Association and the Workers’ Militia, with a hairdresser and a delicatessen on the ground floor. The latter operated under various company names until the start of the renovation. For several years, the Municipality of Budavár has taken steps to buy out the flats and offices when the building was split up and sold, and eventually the entire building became the property of the Municipality. During the measurements, the design team first encountered fragmented, divided, narrow and gloomy spaces.

From the beginning, the municipality of the 1st district sought to save, renovate, and add new features to the building. The building is of architectural significance; its most important spaces, even after previous simplistic restorations, are the imposing first-floor ballroom and the main staircase. At the start of the design, the inner courtyard, the ballroom, the street façade were only faintly reminiscent of the original patina of the building. In addition to the functions and modern expectations that serve the needs of the cultural center, preserving, respecting and restoring of the existing values were all priorities throughout the construction.

The tower of the building was destroyed during the siege of Budapest in 1944–45, and its façade was severely damaged. The façade was restored according to László Lux’s plans in 1946, but the corner tower was not repaired, and the façade was completely denuded, including the intact parts. The restoration of the corner dome was a priority in the design process. The appearance of the corner tower is important not only outside but also inside the building. Both the performance hall and the dance hall have a great view from this point, from here we are able to see the church on Krisztina Square, the square and the Buda Castle.

A wall analysis was carried out before the construction began, during which it was visible that after the renovation of the façade in 1946, the entire façade surface had been completely re-plastered, so no fragment of the original architecture remained. We know the original condition of the façade only from archive pictures and postcards. The former segmentation of the façade of Krisztina Square and Alagút Street, the destroyed corner tower, as well as the main staircase and the ballroom have been restored based on historical and archival research. Unfortunately, there were not enough resources available for the complete reconstruction of the former detailed façade ornamentation.

From the beginning of the design, it was important that the historic restoration of the building is carried out by professionals with authenticity. A new space was born by covering the inner courtyard, which became the centre of the house, as it connects the current spaces. This area needed to be reinvented in terms of interior design.

The inner courtyard façade was plastered with a special stencil technique. Among the above mentioned solutions, the designers used a unique structured plaster solution in the façade decoration, which adds a subtle ornamentation to the new community space. The pattern of this is taking forward the idea of the original ornamental painting’s geometric pattern found in the ballroom.

The surface of the modern central parts is formed by a printed patterned Kerlite covering, which provides a unique atmosphere to the corridors, as well as giving the courtyard exciting insight and depths. As this surface is closer to the eye of the visitor, the pattern is richer in detail, it was possible to show the inner geometric stencil pattern in a more ornate way with the help of modern technologies. Applied decorative art was part of the graphic design, it intertwines with the sleek control system as a visual communication tool. The decorative art used was part of the graphic design it intertwines with the neat control system as a visual communication tool.

During the renovation, the building has returned to its original splendour. It can host artistic and community events and can be a remarkable centre of cultural life. Unique spaces and spatial connections make every moment festive during any events, classical music concerts, festivities, balls, weddings, exhibitions and other art performances.

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Photo gallery of the renovated Budai Civic Casino

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Discreet elegance and unique lights: this is how the Adrienne Feller brand carries on the success in Budapest

After designing two stores in Budapest, Eszter Radnóczy and the este’r partners interior design studio created a concept model for Adrienne Feller: the store, showroom and beauty studio combine the discreet elegance of the brand with special interior design solutions that reflect the high quality of vegetable oils. The concept of a flagship store creates an opportunity for familiar values to unfold in new locations.

“Adrienne Feller’s secret of vegetable oils relies on a long-standing family heritage and represents lasting value, so in creating the interior design we wanted the environment to have a timeless design which we achieved by the use of quality but discreet materials, this way putting the focus on the products.” – says interior designer Eszter Radnóczy.

An important aspect in planning the furniture was that, in addition to their pure design, their details reflect sophistication and fine elegance. Before designing the new store and salon, Adrienn visited us to update the current image as well, so that the design would fit even more beautifully into the appearance of their constantly developing products. That’s when we brought into the design the uniquely patterned fabrics made from their logo, which we experimented together with our partner, Flukso Textile. And FMG Onice D’oro flooring is a recurring, elegant element in Adrienne Feller stores, as its pink color reflects the company’s image and its pattern finely brings dynamics to the space.

Constant values, new boost

It was the main goal of the este’r partners team that the elements of the design update would appear in every store. This complex exterior starts with the design of the shop space, but the concept also includes the design of the coverings, the lighting, the precise planning of the furniture and the ideal placement of the products.

The company’s dynamically developing division, Panarom, has had a prominent display as Adrienne wanted the essential oils to be given a well-separated representative area. A novelty of the concept was the design of the treatment salon. In this intimate, trusting atmosphere, it is equally important to display the image of the company, but the primary aspect was, of course, the function, creating the perfect conditions for the treatments.

When designing the salon, it was important that the same furniture and image elements appear in the treatment salon that the customers are familiar with, while the spatial structure and lighting levels differ. Here tinted glass walls and concealed lighting built into the furniture were used, so the spaces were also optically expanded by the designers while providing the comfortable environment needed for treatments. These elements are designed in such a way that the brand image of Adrienne Feller are also finely visible in them.

Takeaway experience: the presented products also provide an aesthetic experience

As designer Mónika Szommer said: “In case of a premium business where the customer also has the feeling of coziness, good lighting and positioning of the products are the key to everything. The stores always have lighting behind a stretched foil, making it as if the entire ceiling was lit, providing uniform light that spreads across the store. In addition, each piece of furniture has a built-in accent lighting, this way putting the products in focus. The light always attracts the eye, so we can raise the aesthetics by creating a good lighting image. ”

The aim of the design team was to immediately feel the elegance and high quality of the Adrienne Feller brand, when entering the store. While in the atmosphere, fine details and hints, a mysterious, special, small world appear which is represented by the essential oils and the personal care of Adrienne, as well as the family values of the brand.

Designers: Eszter Radnóczy, Mónika Szommer / este’r partners

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European elegance with Asian inspiration: a special metropolitan apartment

Eszter Radnóczy chief designer and her team este’r partners were asked to design the second European home of the client from Asian culture the artist’s apartment was created with exclusive interior design solutions. The visuals give an insight into a special world: light, generous spaces and modern interior design solutions with exoticism.

“The client, who comes from Asian culture and is involved in art, has a unique approach to design. Awareness, understanding and embracing lifestyle in the plans and the client’s sense of beauty – along with the trust in us – made our work go smoothly. For us, the diversity in the customer’s approach was inspiring and encouraging – similar works can set a new direction in our company’s portfolio.” says Eszter Radnóczy, founder of este’r partner.

The metropolitan apartment has three en suite bedrooms, a spacious American kitchen and a more intimate living room. The zigzag floor plan has different ceiling heights and broken walls so the first challenge of the design process was to work out the ideal floor plan.

Reduced, clear, and generous use of materials was a conscious decision, and it allowed the use of refined and hidden solutions. The designers also provided space for the customer’s artistic needs and special collection of objects: valuable unique pieces and works of art are highlighted in the space and on the walls.

The wallpaper in the hall is from the Panoramic collection of the French brand Zuber: its special feature is the endless pattern which makes the spaces unique. By the way, the factory in Rixheim is considered to be the oldest wallpaper manufacturer in Europe. The selected wallpaper of the collection will be placed on the walls in sepia tones.

In the case of lighting, the designers aimed to decorate the space with unique, spectacular lamps. The hidden lighting and the lighting of artworks are not highlighted, here the indirect effect is more important. The lamp in the hall is a product of the Italian company Sigma L2, its shape forms two swords giving the space a unique, modern look. The ceiling barrissol of the hall has been made a sophisticated detail by the designers with its luminous glow and slats reminiscent of oriental culture.

Both the kitchen furniture and the kitchen island are individually designed. With its rounded shapes, the latter is in harmony with the with the rounded forms used in the ceiling and the floor. Wenge wood surfaces were used for the kitchen furniture, and the same Zuber wallpapers were put on the back wall of the kitchen as in the hall. The columns between the windows are features of the space, surrounded by uniquely designed metal-wood built-in shelving elements.

In the bedroom, the designers used American walnut wood paneling laid in a herringbone pattern with Dutch Walltextile’s silk wallpaper on the walls. The Alivar armchairs feature one of the favorite fabrics of este’r partners’ professionals: it’s Tiger Mountain from Dedar’s collection, which consists of special drawings that can sometimes be seen as a jumping tiger or as a mountain range.

In the portfolio of este’r partners, premium villas and elegant homes have been emphasized so far, as Eszter Radnóczy puts it: “In addition to the interior design work of hotels and restaurants, we have always been delighted to accept project like this, there are far fewer rules to follow in this case and we can create based on the customer’s ideas. In the current situation, we already experience that our own home as a space has become more appreciated, new projects are also showing these tendencies.”

 

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Chief designer: Eszter Radnóczy

Team: Hajnalka Zellei, Mónika Szommer, Fanni Gyurics

 

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Büszkék vagyunk arra, hogy hozzájárulhattunk a Zwack Unicum sikeréhez

Büszkék vagyunk arra, hogy hozzájárulhattunk a Zwack Unicum sikeréhez a Látogatóközpont Füves Bár design-tervezésével és kivitelezésével, amely a vendégek és látogatók visszajelzése alapján nemzetközi színvonalat képvisel. A bárról készült képeket a Facebook videóban 1.12-től láthatjátok.

We are proud to contribute to the acknowledged Zwack Unicum Factory’s success designing the Visitor Centre’s Herbal Bar that by the feedback and opinion of the guests and visitors is on the international standards. The footage of the Herbal Bar starts at 1.12.

https://www.facebook.com/UnicumMagyarorszag/videos/10156012397259834/

 

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Egyedi lámpa búra

Készül az egyedi lámpa búra, hamarosan láthatjátok a Bárkert Bistro-ban

…early sneak-peak of a custom-made lamp shade is in production, can be seen soon at Bárkert Bistro