A new chapter in the life of the Andrássy Avenue Palace: Hotel Oktogon is open

Hotel Oktogon opened its doors in June, the building was originally a much-loved palace on Andrássy Avenue, later a public library and, for a time, one of Budapest’s favorite nightclubs. After three years of renovation, the building is now open as a hotel, designed by este’r partners interior design studio (lead designers: Eszter Radnóczy, Hajnalka Zellei) and architectural partner Archikon.

The neo-Renaissance palace at 52 Andrássy Avenue was built at the end of the 19th century, between 1884 and 1886, designed by Henrik Schmahl, who also designed the Párisi Court and the Urania National Film Theater, and developed by the Swiss-born brewer and mill owner Henrik Haggenmacher.

The elegant palace has been restored and renovated, retaining its original character, the inner courtyard behind the representative gate now features a lobby and a breakfast area instead of horses and carriages, the details of the ceiling in the corridors were given back their original beauty, while the interior design remained sporty and casual, designed to match the style of the hotel’s guests.

In our short interview, we talked to lead designer Eszter Radnóczy about the interior design of the palace’s renovation.

What are the details and stories from the history of the building that were important to you in the design process?

The history of the Haggenmacher and later the Dreher family and their numerous real estate investments in the center of Budapest are all remarkable. The Haggemacher Palace is characterized by its central staircase, painted arches, ceilings and natural light. All of these outstanding features have been restored to their original appearance and represent a significant legacy for the future. Being part of its rebirth has been a long, challenging process, but definitely an exciting experience.

Can you describe the atmosphere in the lobby?

The architects have linked the part of the historic building to the contemporary staircase in the lobby. Now this space has a new function and meaning with the former open courtyard becoming a space enclosed by a glass roof. While the flooring and facade elements follow the style of historic buildings, the furnishings and installation elements are adapted to the hotel’s youthful, cosmopolitan atmosphere. They are colorful, clean, comfortable and vibrant.

What solutions did you use in the historic room?

The rooms are characterized by their original wood paneling, which has been restored to its original light walnut color. The large size of the rooms allowed the bathroom blocks to be positioned in the center of the room, leaving the original coffered wood paneling on the exterior walls. This central spatial planning allowed us to divide the space within the historic room into a bedroom, a hallway and a living room. The walls and ceilings are dark green, with deep shades to match the wooden panels. The furnishings are a classic-modern combination.

The hotel is sporty and cool, but also elegant. What does 3 stars “allow you to do”?

The building has a lot to offer in terms of experience and value, I think it is one of the most exciting houses on Andrássy Avenue – it was beautiful even before the renovation. The new design brings new life, freshness and complements the heritage of the period, without damaging the original, but renovating it to serve new values, modern comfort and functional and aesthetic needs.

What are the design highlights of the building?

The basic building elements were dominant: warm gray stone decorations, pillars, cornices, black and light gray diagonal checked flooring, and painted ceilings with leaf patterns above the staircase, this color composition was discovered during the renovation. In the interior design, dynamic colors were used throughout the non historic area of the building, with a trio of basic color combinations of red, green and blue and their pastel versions featuring the whole building, sometimes together and sometimes separately. The rooms are bright, cheerful and compact, the quality of the color and the use of materials make them more interesting. The airy appearance and mixed function of the lobby is also quite fascinating, it is now both a bar and a breakfast area. The reduced and curved pieces of furniture are accompanied by objects that are deliberately eye-catching, such as long neck floor lamps and flower pots that enhance the visual experience.






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


Feminine, soft atmoshpere with leaf pattern: este’r partners designs Italian Vagheggi’s showroom and training centre in Budapest

Este’r partners designed the interior of the Hungarian showroom of Vagheggi beauty brand from Verona. A training room, a community space, a kitchen and service areas can be found in the 300 sqm showroom located in Budapest.

The concept of the showroom follows the Italian company’s branding, which was developed by WEA Group – este’r partners was responsible for the design of the additional features, graphic solutions, the execution design and project management.

The communal kitchen has stunning curved shapes. The feminine, soft atmosphere is further enhanced by the illuminated leaf pattern on the ceiling. One of the walls will feature a design wallpaper by the Italian company, Affreschi while the othern wall will have a unique mottled style wall paint by Wallpaint. The atmosphere is further softened by modern furnishings. The space is characterised by a sophisticated mix of powder colours and green.


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Budapest showroom opening: Estorio is the new home of international designer brands

Interior designer Eszter Radnóczy and the este’r partners studio opened their first showroom, Estorio – home of designer brands: in the apartment on Dalszínház Street, overlooking the Opera House, more than thirty international design brands are displayed and arranged according to a unique concept. The genre-defining showroom is a meeting point, interior design pilot project, creative showroom, turn-key real estate development concept and the regional debut of international design brands.

“Estorio is a complete professional fulfillment for us designers: we have been able to enjoy our freedom and the unlimited flow of our team’s creativity in this apartment. Over the past decades, we have built many personal and professional international relationships through este’r partners, our interior design studio in Budapest and Milan, and I have always dreamed of bringing together these wonderful brands, unique and high-quality Italian, French, Hungarian, Dutch and German designers. With Estorio, not only will our concept be realized, but also Europe’s premium brands will be brought together in an inspiring space – I’m proud that our first location is here, in Budapest” – says Eszter Radnóczy, interior designer and founder of Estorio.

Estorio is now opening its doors to more than thirty international brands, some of which have not been available in Hungary or the products could not be seen in showrooms. These include Kreoo, a manufacturer of washstands, bathtubs and tables that combine traditional Italian marble with modern technology and can be interpreted as a masterpiece of applied art; Foglie D’Oro, a manufacturer of elegant, unusual geometric or walnut parquet flooring with marquetries or stone inlays; OliveLab, an Italian design start-up with unique lamps, and Cosy International, a manufacturer of high-quality glass and aluminium wardrobe furniture.

Other prestigious brands will also be available through Estorio: fabulous textiles from Rubelli, founded in 1858, products of premium wallpaper manufacturer Dutch Walltextile Company, based in Amsterdam, stunning textiles from Italian ZavaLuce, a dazzling and innovative lighting manufacturer, gorgeous fabrics of Flukso or Missoni Home, elegant and stylish furniture from Black Tie, or products from Valcucine, the high-tech kitchen technology giant with a sustainable approach.

Some of the brands will be available for the first time in the Central European region, as exclusive partners of Estorio – they will bring the Hungarian design community, architects, interior designers, decorators and property developers one step closer to the products of selected design brands, and to the turn-key concepts. The concept is supported by este’r partners’ decades of design and implementation experience and its international network of contacts across Europe – combined with outstanding design creativity.

As Gábor Papp, Estorio’s commercial manager, describes it: “Estorio is more than a showroom: we promise to offer a 360-degree service, from finding the perfect real estate to choosing the door handle of the home, we bring everything to life with the highest level of design solutions, including turn-key implementation on demand. The showroom next to the Opera House is just one possible realization of the values that come together in Estorio – the possibilities are endless and the next step is up to our clients.”

Eszter Radnóczy adds: “Estorio is a constantly changing, exciting online and offline space that evolves together with the culture and our partners; already after the first concept has been realized, we are making alternative versions of the same space accessible on our website, using 3D renderings. We’d like to show how different selections, the coordination of product groups or the customization of various elements can create unique atmospheres, how the overall picture can change as a result of combinations, and how the expertise and unique approach of our design team can be brought together again and again in a common space.”

The first showroom in Budapest reflects the atmosphere of the Opera House, which reopened in March. Designed with soft lights, fresh colors, elegant lines, playing with metals and mirrors – all of the highest quality and without compromise. The venue is in a typical Budapest location, it’s a stunning residential apartment on Dalszínház Street overlooking Andrássy Avenue, which not only offers a view of the Opera House from its balcony, but the designers have also created reflections in the furniture and surfaces to be able to show different glimpses of one of the most beautiful works of Hungarian architecture at all times of the day.

The team at Estorio is unstoppable: Eszter Radnóczy’s team will soon continue the unforgettable fusion of concept and design brands in a new European location.

Estorio is open in a showroom concept, please book an appointment.



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Lead designer, founder: Eszter Radnóczy

Lead designer and project manager: Mónika Szommer

Creative concept and graphic design: Fanni Sokorai-Gyurics Sokorai, Bianka Bánóczi, Zsófia Nagy

Commercial manager: Gábor Papp

Showroom management: Anita Koritke, Andrea Kovács


Budapest opens English brewery in the heart of the city with fresh design

Our client, a company with a British background, has opened Gravity Brewing, a craft distillery and tasting space in downtown Budapest. Este’r partners was responsible for the interior design of the public spaces and the spectacular tasting room in the historic corner building.

Decorative elements such as Mutina’s design brick create an exciting focal point in the retail space, the counter, made of glazed bricks and pieced together from small elements, is covered with a wooden panel. The Gravity logo is also featured on the flooring, enhancing the brand’s image.

The industrial-style loft features a unique wall covering and can be accessed by a designer staircase. A cosy tasting room can be found upstairs, it is a great place for groups or companies to enjoy a tasting. The real highlight of the interior is a David Groppi’s designer lamp.


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Meet our partners: Emilgroup

Italian heart, worldwide vision – this is the slogan of Emilgroup. As an interior designer partner, how do you see this reflected in their work?

Emilgroup has been an important part of the Italian tile industry for a long time. The company includes five different brands, based on different concepts and styles: Emil Ceramica, Ergon, Provenza, Viva and Level. They all share a high level of manufacturing technology, quality and innovation. Within the brands, there are specific product categories to meet the widest range of interior design needs, from classic to minimalist, from vintage to art deco. We love working with Emilgroup products because of their diversity, their wide range of products and their great value for money.

One of the key elements of the brand is that they have been working for over half a decade to be able to take control of the entire process, from the selection of materials to the final design solutions. Why is this 360 degree care important?

For a product to be professional in terms of both technology and its appearance, the materials have to be carefully chosen. The quality is determined by the manufacturing technology and top-quality materials. It is very important to be aware of the new trends so that you can follow the best ones of the year, combine colors and create completely unique design solutions. This is best achieved when a company controls the entire process and keeps it in its own hands. This is their strength and this is why Emilgroup is highly recognized in the market.

The Tele di Marmo Onyx collection offers surfaces that transform into artworks. In which spaces and in response to what kind of customer needs do you think you can work with these special marbles?

The Level brand’s Tele di Marmo collection includes large stoneware porcelain tiles that can be used to tile entire walls with or without minimal grouting. The tiles reflect the patterns of existing stones, or extinct stones that can no longer be mined in the world, in lifelike stoneware porcelain tiles. The onyx line is available in five colors, such as ivory, pink and black. The iconic stones make any bathroom or living room exquisite, the tiles are lightly translucent and easy to handle with its thicknesses of 6.5 and 10.5 mm.

Emilgroup has come up with spectacular large ceramic tiles this year. What extra possibilities does this offer the designers?

When tiling, these tiles are also used as mirror images of each other, this way striking patterns can be formed. They create unique artworks, specific images that capture the imagination. Although special attention must be paid to these giant tiles when moving and tiling, once installed the product is visually beautiful with its unity and unbroken running patterns.

Year after year, you visit the brand and its representatives at Italian exhibitions and fairs. Why are these in-person meetings with both the material and the professionals important?

Keeping in touch is essential from both a professional and a human point of view. Design and technology are constantly evolving, we can only learn about this first-hand from the representatives of the factory. This also gives us an opportunity to learn about the physical properties of these porcelain stoneware tiles, their possible uses and new trends through the manufacturing process.

Besides, the personal contact is very important and being friends makes working together a lot smoother. Emilgroup celebrated the 60th anniversary of its foundation last autumn. We were invited to the celebration and were delighted to see the decades-long dedication to quality and innovation. This commitment is the secret of Emilgroup’s continuous success.

You can find Emilgroup in the Estorio showroom.


Site visit: a photo gallery of our executions

In the course of our work, we have found that it leads us to success if we manage the complexity of a project, from the planning to the completion. Besides planning, este’r partners studio is happy to undertake the design supervision, the coordination of the project and the complete execution, which we entrust to our own specialists who work closely and reliably with us, fair and accurate.

Execution is carried out under close budget control and cost tracking. Our professional background is complemented by a well-established international manufacturer and supplier network and a deep knowledge on products. Our studio has a wide collection of samples and its own product range. We have a personal relationship with most of our trading partners, based on many years of friendship and working together.

We selected some of our most exciting moments on the sites from our photo gallery – please note that personal protective equipment must be worn!

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2021: a year at este’r partners

2021 was an exciting and eventful year for the este’r partners team: the design and execution of some of our grand projects, Buda Civic Casino and the Emerald Residence have been completed. During the year we participated in several exhibitions and fairs with great atmosphere and important professional impressions. In addition to site visits and meetings, we always tried to allow time for celebration, conversation and creative reflection. We open the new year with our favourite team photos of 2021!

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Este’r partners presents its latest catalog: Hungarian Design 35

Este’r partners interior design studio has continued its series of design catalogs, this time presenting the best of Hungarian design in a special online selection. The aim of the designers who created the catalog was to show the wide range of high-quality, authentic Hungarian products and artworks that interior designers can choose from.

The catalog will soon be available in Hungarian as well as in English, so that este’r partners’ extensive international network of partners can also get to know the work of the most successful Hungarian designers. The launch of the catalog took place on 19 November in Szentendre, in the studio of este’r partners, celebrating it with a wonderful champagne breakfast.

“Our latest collection, Hungarian Design 35, was born to collect, recommend and bring together the talent, creativity and uniqueness of Hungarian designers we know,” says interior designer Eszter Radnóczy, owner and chief designer of este’r partners. “This selection is a glimpse of the rich, courageous and increasingly successful works of Hungarian designers; as interior designers and architects, we are happy to work with all of them and represent them not only in Hungary but also in our international projects. We believe that the world of interior design is driven by personal relationships, recommendations, encounters, and by real human values. We would like to contribute to this by not only presenting the works of art, lamps, furniture, ceramics or textiles on a shared platform, but also by bringing together the unique creators behind the Hungarian brands.”

The catalog has selected the best pieces by lamp designers, textile designers, ceramicists and furniture designers, among others, in a single volume, with names such as HelloWood, Adamlamp, PaperUP, Error ‘n more, Dreaming Threads or the creations of Ági Franta, Komok and Komonka.


The catalog is available via:

Magyar Design 35 – esterpartners


Este’r partners team:

Eszter Radnóczy, Fanni Gyurics and Márk Gelley


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.