The stone is eternal, the stone remains – MARMOMAC exhibition in Verona

Eszter Radnóczy was invited by the Italian Trade Agency to visit the Marmomac exhibition in Verona. During the unique trip, besides the finished design products, the professional team could also get an insight into the stone processing process and even visit the quarries above Verona, which are still the cradle of stone production in Italy. Eszter Radnóczy, lead designer, wrote a short report on the trip.

“Marmomac is the world’s most important world fair for the stone industry, dedicated to the entire stone production chain, from the quarry to the processed product, from technologies and machinery to tools. It is no coincidence that Marmomac is being held in Verona, as the area is one of Italy’s most important quarrying and processing areas with a long history, and has been considered a raw material base since Roman times.

The training course included a solid professional programme. We attended lectures on the history of the earth, geology, stone formation and classification, igneous to senimentary and metamorphic rocks (crystallized from the previous two). We learned about the process of stone processing, highlighting and credibly analyzing its environmental impacts and the international regulations and sustainability requirements introduced to avoid  such impacts. We deepened our knowledge of the methods of use and treatment of stones. The industry in Italy places great emphasis on innovation and training and this was well reflected in what we saw at the exhibition.

We met directly with representatives of the quarries as well as many manufacturers who use the purchased material to create not only cladding, but also complete domes, facades and consumer and design products. It was good to get an insight into the international business as a whole and to learn about the processing and the commercial chain.

We visited the long-established Margraf factory, where, despite robotisation, manual processing and carving is still used for unique pieces. The factory is involved in major architectural projects on all continents of the world. There are still several active quarries in Italy. If there is no longer any production or usable rock, the owners have to rebuild the terrain to the original topography and vegetation.

We traveled to the valleys above Verona which were covered by the ocean 180 million years ago, and some undersea currents formed surface rocks allowing humans easy access to them. At the Grassi Pietre quarry in Pederiva, a very porous yellow sedimentary rock is excavated, the perfect material for Palladian buildings and their carved sculptures. The deep underground quarry is now a museum where we could try our hand at stone carving. We also visited the excavation of the red stone, rosso di verona, also much used in Roman times, at Cava Fasani in Luogo di Grezzana.

Words cannot describe the wonderful journey, but the pictures speak for themselves when it comes to the grandiose moments and experiences.”


Celebrating women designers at World Design Week

World Design Day was celebrated by Budapest Design Week in a very inspiring milieu: Hungarian female designers and CEO’s from the design and architecture sector had the chance to discuss the future of design – from a woman’s perspective.

As part of this conversation, Eszter Radnóczy shared her opinion on woman leadership in design, the need for resilience and the possibilities AI holds for the creative sector. As Eszter said: building your creative dreams has never been so challenging, also, never so exciting and full of possibilities.


5+1 trends of the ISH exhibition in Frankfurt by Réka Harkay-Farkas

At the end of March, the largest trade event in the field of modern heating, ventilation, air conditioning and smart water use, ISH 2023, was held in Frankfurt, which this year could be visited both in person and in digital form. Este’r partners’ colleague, Réka Harkay-Farkas was on site, and we asked her about the latest technical innovations.

Every two years, ISH presents smart solutions and technical innovations in the application of heating, ventilation and water use. Why was it important for you to participate in this event?

In the life of our company, it has always been very important to obtain first-hand information about novelties, technical developments, and the latest trends. Unfortunately, ISH was delayed for years due to the epidemic, so it is a great pleasure that we were able to return here again after 4 years! Unfortunately, several manufacturers canceled the exhibition due to cost reduction considerations, but those who exhibited set the bar very high. Lots of technical innovations, development, time and energy saving as well.

Why are face-to-face meetings important?

Such a large-scale exhibition is always a good opportunity to meet the representatives of the manufacturers, who are ready to show us the novelties and interesting things, for example, what is worth paying attention to when designing, with a complete stand management. On such occasions, we also gather important arguments why it is worth recommending a particular company’s product to our customers. They always report on the use of materials and the quality requirements of the products, so the knowledge expands, and we can see live what we could see before through the monitor or from the catalog.

What novelties, trends, technical innovations have you come across?

I would summarize it in points, because the current ISH was definitely interesting from several points of view.

  1. Companies distribute in new segments“: it is an important trend in recent years among manufacturers that new product segments are added to their portfolio. Villeroy&Boch introduced a complete faucet segment to its portfolio. Laufen offers a pre-wall installation system. Duravit has 3 new faucet families. Hansgrohe’s stand was a big surprise for me. We can furnish a complete bathroom with Hansgrohe products: in addition to faucets, ceramics, mirrors and furniture. Kaldewei, for example, also offers a shower drain. The goal is to be able to furnish a complete bathroom from one manufacturer, without having to look for separate manufacturers, and it presents manufacturers with a lot of competition, which I don’t think has ever happened before.
  2. Sustainability: The bathroom has never been so “green”. The products save energy and water. First of all, faucets, for example, start with cold water, not immediately with mixed water, and there are even more serious aerators (which mix air with water). Another trendy term for ISH is “circular economy”. For example, at the Hansgrohe stand, I saw a faucet made entirely of recycled plastic. However, the topic of sustainability does not end here: The wood raw material of the furniture comes from sustainable cultivation, the packaging is made without plastic and everything can be recycled after the end of its useful life. And in production, factories are very careful to follow the “zero waste” principle, many factories can prove that the production process is CO2-free. In addition, in order to boost this even more at home, it is worth placing plants in the bathroom as the latest bathroom accessories, so that we can feel in nature.
  3. Colors: The new trend color in the bathroom is clearly black and matte. The brave go one step further and find different versions of white matt, gold, rosegold, chrome, for example, at Axor you can actually get all bathroom products in black. In addition to its colorful faucets, Duravit also offers the furniture handles and the drain in the same color. Interesting fact: everyone has different shades of color, so we won’t be able to put products from two different factories in one bathroom if we think in terms of color.
  4. Simplification of assembly: the goal of almost every factory is to have as few products as possible for craftsmen to install. A good example is the new Bette “Level” assembly system for shower trays. I was able to try it out, I managed to level a shower tray in 1.5 minutes.
  5. Another product category that every factory pays a lot of attention to is anti-slip, which is especially important for the elderly and for those of you in hotels. The technology is refined every year, we all still remember the “dotted” shower trays, which were made non-slip with this technology. The Bette Anti-Slip Sense coating is unnoticeable and completely non-slip. It was also possible to try it out, so I will confidently recommend it to customers.

+1 Eye-catching elements: for example, I saw a completely new siphon system at the Geberit stand: finally, you don’t have to cut out a piece of the drawer under the sink for the siphon, because the siphon slides completely under the sink. Kaldewei presented a shower drain with heat recovery. At the Laufen stand, I saw a bathtub with a transparent bottom and light, we can combine the experience of bathing with light therapy through an LED system. At Hansgrohé, the true hero of the stand that was presented is a bathroom that saves 90 percent of energy and water. And it’s also ISH: Villeroy and Boch’s wonderful new sanitary ware colors worthy of its 275th anniversary are captivating.

This year’s ISH watchwords were sustainability and comfort. What have you experienced, how does this come across in the exhibitors’ offers?

As I mentioned before, everyone strives for sustainability, saving energy and water. There was also a huge selection of heating systems, the goal being sustainability and energy saving.

Did you have a personal favorite among the novelties, what stuck out the most?

The stand of the three big ceramic manufacturers was a great experience. Villeroy&Boch’s concept with its colorful sanitary ware and new faucets captivated me, the reformation of Laufen’s Alessi product line is truly eye-catching in terms of colors and shapes, Duravit’s new furniture line with glass doors and simultaneously operable lighting attracts the eye not only with its design, but also simplifies use in terms of function.



Eszter Radnóczy and este’r partners win the Hotel Interior Designer of The Year award at Klasszis Top Design

Este’r partners received another professional recognition: the jury of the Klasszis Top Design 2022 competition gave the Hotel Designer of the Year award to Eszter Radnóczy and the este’r partners team. This year, este’r partners has worked on interior design solutions for hotel projects such as the Emerald Residence&Suits on Szervita tér and the Hotel Oktogon, that opened this summer, also the art’otel located on Bem tér, which was created in international cooperation. The renovation of the public space of one of the popular hotels on the Balaton shore is also happening, just as the construction of the hotel and restaurant called the General’s House in Tokaj, which is being built with a special wine chapel – este’r partners are working with great enthusiasm on the new spaces of the hotel industry.

“I received the award with great pleasure, as our team has been working on the interior design of hotel spaces since the founding of este’r partners. Hotel design is always unique and exciting, as we always try to show something elegant, cool or trendy and interior, while at the same time understanding and knowing what provides travelers with comfort is essential. Without my team at este’r partners, these complex projects of many years would not have been possible, I am so grateful for their work!” – said Eszter Radnóczy after the award ceremony.

The award was received by lead designers Eszter Radnóczy and Csilla Szabó on behalf of our team at the ceremony held at the Mystery Hotel. At the award ceremony, Johannes Westreicher, the owner of the Grand Hotel Lienz in East Tyrol, greeted the finalists in a short video message on behalf of the international jury, Zsuzsanna Ács, managing director of the Klasszis Group, which launched the competition, and designer Zoltán Varró, the president of the jury, also spoke. This year, for the first time, Klasszis Top Design awarded creators who provide unique solutions in the hospitality and hotel industry in the Hungarian Horeca industry.


Best of Cersaie: this year’s favourites by este’r partners

In the life of este’r partners, autumn means travel: this is when we visit our partners, see their new products, but also visit the most important autumn exhibitions. Cersaie International Exhibition in Bologna is a permanent program in our calendar, where the most beautiful Italian ceramic manufacturers present their new products every year. The este’r partners team prepared a short report on this year’s event.

One of our first experiences was visiting 41Zero42: the youthful, relaxed, often humorous presentation of the Italian company led us through the cavalcade of colors. The fresh-thinking brand involves contemporary art in its design processes in a very exciting way for us. In addition to the exciting, powerful patterns, the color choices and the alternation of glossy and matte ceramics were also impressive.

Mutina recently moved to a new showroom: we were very happy to visit them, and not only because of the warm welcome. In the huge, creative exhibition space, in addition to their new collection, our team was greeted by a fresh and exciting selection of design furniture. In addition to the colorful, patterned, glazed ceramics, there were more restrained pieces with a structured surface. Exciting cultures mix spectacularly in the Mutina showroom: it’s easy to happily get lost in the Italian, French and Japanese influences and, of course, to touch everything.

During the visit to Cersaie, our team also visited the showroom of Emilgroup, one of the partners of este’r partners and the Estorio showroom. Emilgroup, one of the most important Italian tile manufacturers, dazzles us year after year with its new products, among which there is almost no limit to the workmanship, the varied colors and styles, or the sizes.

In addition to the three highlights, this year’s Cersaie exhibition had a number of colors, shines and surfaces that caught our team’s attention. To finish our journal from Cersaie 2022, let’s see a little selection from our favourites!


Este’r partners wins international award for interior design of a residential building in Budapest

Eszter Radnóczy and este’r partners have won an international award: the prestigious Italian ceramic tile manufacturer Emilgroup has announced the winners in four categories. Este’r partners won the Italian company’s award for the design solutions of a high-class residential building in Budapest. Eszter Radnóczy accepted the award in Italy – the interior design studio has won in the Prestige category. The winners were selected by the jury from hundreds of international entries.

“Emilgroup has been an important part of the Italian tile industry for a long time. The company includes five different brands, each based on different concepts and styles but all sharing a high level of manufacturing technology, quality and innovation. As interior designers, we love working with Emilgroup products because of their diversity, their wide range of products and their great value for money. Their slogan is one hundred percent true: Italian heart, worldwide vision. We are very grateful that such a renowned and respected Italian manufacturer has awarded a Hungarian project with this prize”, said Eszter Radnóczy after the award ceremony.

Photo by Emilgroup

Interior photo: Dániel Molnár


Este’r partners wins awards at international design festival, BigSEE

Eszter Radnóczy and este’r partners interior design office returned home from the international architecture and design festival BIG SEE with four awards. The team received professional recognition for several of its projects at the event in Ljubljana : the Agroverzum in Martonvásár, the Sfinx bar (former Minute bar) at Andrássy Avenue, the restaurant of the Emerald Residence, and their own showroom Estorio next to the Opera House. At the festival, which was held for the first time after a two-year break due to the epidemic, the winners of this year’s awards were presented alongside those of previous years.

The award ceremony was also followed by a presentation opportunity, so the audience had the chance to see four short presentations of the interior design works of the Hungarian office.

“BigSEE has not just grown into a prestigious architecture festival known throughout Europe over the past years, but it has also provided a great networking opportunity. It was a pleasure for us that after the presentation of the Hungarian projects, many foreign professionals showed interest in our work, and we had a pleasant conversation with our Italian and Slovenian colleagues on site. We are looking forward to welcome them in Budapest!”

Award-winning works by este’r partners (2020 and 2021)

MTV Agricultural Science Centre Visitor Centre, Agroverzum, Martonvásár

Sfinx bar, Budapest

Emerald Residence Restaurant, Budapest

Estorio showflat, Budapest

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Az év irodája legjobbjai között az este’r partners tervezte ügyvédi iroda

Az Év irodája díj shortlistjére, a legjobb 25 irodaterv közé került az este’r partners Dalszínház utcai ügyvédi irodája és így azok között az irodatervek között szerepelhet, amelyek a legjobbnak járó díjért versenyeznek. A zsűri arra is keresi a választ, milyen irodaterekben dolgozunk majd szívesen a járvány után és mely modern megoldások segítik a hatékony munkavégzést.

„Megrendelőnk egy tradicionális, nagy múltú ügyvédi iroda tereit szerette volna felújítani úgy, hogy az öt munkatársuk számára hatékonyságot növelő, egyedi munkakörnyezetet biztosítsanak, az érkező ügyfelek pedig a vizuális hatás megélésével érzékelhessék, hogy biztos kezekben vannak, ügyvédjüknél előremutató, kreatív gondolkodás ötvöződik a racionalitással” – mondja Radnóczy Eszter vezető tervező.

A belvárosi lakásban minden az alaprajz újragondolásával kezdődött: a maximális helykihasználáshoz különleges térelrendezésre volt szükség, a tervezők pedig az egész lakáson átívelő játékot terveztek az átlátható és zárt felületek dinamikus váltakozásával. A tér egyik meghatározó karaktere, hogy a teljes iroda szekrényekbe rejtett funkciókkal készült, ami úgy fokozza a rendezettség érzését, hogy nem ront a tér dinamikáján és azt sugallja: itt minden a szakmáról szól. Az üvegfalakat a magyar DEKO cég készítette, a nagyvárosi térképre reflektáló egyedi minta és a fóliázás az este’r partners belsőépítész csapatának kreatív munkája. Ugyanígy minden tapéta és falburkolat egyedi megoldás a belsőépítészek műhelyéből, a lakás pillanatában pedig határozott design-előrejelzés az irányítótáblák megjelenése.

Az akusztikai panel szintén az este’r partners egyedi gyártmánya: nyakkendőmintája játékos formában hozza a business-hangulatot, a Flukso-textillel borított fal azonban funkcionálisan is hozzátesz az irodához. Csökkenti az áthallásokat, mellékzajt, és a visszhangot, sőt, a konferencia- és telefonhívásokhoz is ideális akusztikai viszonyokat teremt. A megvalósításban Szabó Zsuzsi textilművész volt a belsőépítészek partnere.

Az iroda egyik legizgalmas részlete egy mennyezeti megoldás: a belsőépítészek a Flos lámpa fölé készítettek egy vizuális ismétlődést: az Andrássy út nagypolgári miliőjét idéző stukkó ugyanis a lámpabelső mintázatából építkezik, annak florális mintáját rendezi újra. Különleges még az Emco mosdószekrénye, ahol a gyártó egybeépített mosdó-tükör egységgel ér el komplex, karakteres hatást.

Az ügyvédi irodát a fekete-fehér kontrasztja formálja: mederben tartja a gondolatokat, fókuszálttá tesz, emlékeztet a rend és szabályok erős jelenlétére. Az este’r partners belsőépítész csapata által jó ritmusban elhelyezett játékosság és elmozdulások pedig mindennapi kiindulópontja lehetnek a kreatív jogi megoldásoknak és hatásos védőbeszédeknek: bátorságra és egyediségre biztatnak.


Two works by este’r partners nominated for BigSEE design award: Minute Lounge & Bar and Martonvásár Agroverzum are among the best in Europe

Two este’r partners projects have won the Winner category of the Slovenian-based BigSEE Interior Design Award, which presents hundreds of architectural and interior design projects from nineteen countries. Minute Lounge & Bar on Andrássy Avenue and Martonvásár Agroverzum are among the best interior design works of 2020: now the studio can compete for the Grand Prix.

“We are proud that our works have been included in the BigSEE selection and we are able to show international audiences the two special locations of Budapest and Martonvásár,” says Eszter Radnóczy, chief designer of este’r partners. An international presence has always been an important aspect of este’r partners: in addition to our partnerships, our extensive professional and supplier background from Europe, our design team also works every day so that our projects can compete anywhere in the world, representing professional value and uniqueness.”

Two completely different works by este’r partners have now been included in the international selection of the design award. The castle garden of Martonvásár was expanded last year with a interesting, modern visitor’s center: here in the Agroverzum, created next to the cultural heritage of the Brunszvik family, este’r partners designed an attractive, user-friendly, design-sensitive interior for children and young people. The visitor center is a perfect place for gaining knowledge, having museum pedagogy classes or learning. Creative interior design solutions such as huge popcorn hanging from the ceiling or wheat transformed into a design element helped to make science entertaining.


The Minute Lounge & Bar on Andrássy Avenue is a vibrant, cosmopolitan and elegant space where dark blue and forest green upholstery, glossy eco-leather surfaces, huge mirrors and special chandeliers all exude elegance and clarity. The Minute Bar serves breakfast to the guests of Hotel Moments, during the day it functions as a bistro while in the evening it becomes one of the city’s favorite cocktail bars. Keeping the large, curved windows of the impressive street front façade from Andrassy Avenue draws the eye to the interior of the building. Light-toned wood panels rising to the ceiling emphasize the high ceilings, green metallic eco-leather, three-dimensional wall hangings bring playfulness to the spacious space. The metropolitan atmosphere of the bar adds freshness to the classic Andrássy Avenue environment.

Grand Prix winners will soon be announced in the BigSEE competition, projects in the Winner category were invited to the design week in October in Ljubljana.

Full gallery of images of the Minute Bar and the Martonvásár Agroverzum can be found on este’r partners partners’ Behance page.


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“We started building with passion” – este’r partners interior design studio is fifteen years old

Eszter Radnóczy, who celebrates the fifteenth birthday of este’r partners with her team, gave an interview at Minute Lounge & Bar, the newest cocktail bar on Andrássy Avenue. Este’r partners has become known for interior design work on projects in the Hungarian architectural and creative sector, such as the Emerald Residence on Szervita Square, Agroverzum in Martonvásár, the Zwack Visitors’ Center, Good Spirit Whiskey Bar, Hotel Moments Budapest, the Feller Adrienne Store, the Bar Garden Bistro, the Italian restaurant La Fabbrica as well as the interior designs of many clients’ private homes and villas, and the two high-quality Andrássy Avenue hotels, the A3 and the A52.

“I started building my company out of passion and it hasn’t changed since then. What’s different is that now I’m working with an international team of twenty-five people, which gives me creative space and provides a solid background.” says Eszter Radnóczy who recently opened an office in Milan with her Italian partner, Waves Project Ltd., lead by Stefano Napolitani, a recognized professional in the Italian real estate industry. The architectural and interior design concept of their first joint international project, the so-called “riverfront villa”, will debut this spring.

“Esther’s approach to economics, her awareness, transparency, traceability and strict budget control are the key pillars that make a company stable,” says Réka Harkay-Farkas, financial manager of este’r partners. “In the fifteen-year history of the company, it has always been our priority to be reliable partners alongside creative ideas and uniqueness – this is essential in working with our clients, who are happy to choose us over and over again.”

The year of 2019 was a great success for este’r partners: the interior design plans for Andrássy Avenue 3 and 52 were introduced to the public, and there was also great interest in the interior design concept of Emerald Residence, a luxury investment in Budapest. At the end of the year, the Minute Bar & Lounge opened, where besides the challenges of the different functions (breakfast bar, bistro, cocktail bar), Eszter and her team were able to create an international atmosphere with the creative use of blue, green and gold colors and with the special lighting and coverings; the project was also noticed by the English-language press. The opening of the office in Milan was rather a return to home, as Eszter Radnóczy, a graduate of the University of Milan, has an Italian network of relationships, which in most cases, besides professional values, is characterized by personal trust.

“Obviously, working on grandiose hotel developments is a prestige and a challenge, and we are delighted that our work has shaped the spaces of many hotels and restaurants in Budapest. However, the design of private residences, homes and villas is just as important and we do not want to neglect this area, in fact, we consciously put these kinds of projects in our portfolio,” says the manager of este’r partners.

Eszter also revealed that she would soon show her international knowledge and solid commercial background of fifteen years of experience in a construction not yet seen on the Hungarian market. And the slogans can be familiar for the clients: partnership, combination of high quality and wonderful atmosphere, and of course the indispensable Italian espresso and prosecco.