The real Budapest grand hotel: powder pink suites of Andrássy Avenue hotel by este’r partners
Interior designer este’r partners presented visual design of A3 hotel of Andrássy Avenue, Budapest: in the suites of Saxlehner Palace, shades of powder pink and burgundy, mystical details and floating design elements meet the historical heritage.
“Our goal was to design intense, yet elegant, clean suites that fit the atmosphere of Andrássy Avenue, but at the same time they can also be astonishing and exciting,” said Eszter Radnóczy chief designer of este’r partners. “We harmonized the classic atmosphere of the hotel with lush while the impressive building elements were balanced by rounded details.”
The suite’s ceiling stucco, the rich floral ornamentation attracts the eye, this was emphasized by the designers with powder pink shades and the central placement of an exclusive lamp, a nature-inspired paper sculpture by Dutch artist Peter Gantenaar. Wardrobes are hidden behind the wooden panels, armchairs and sofas are the furniture of the Italian manufactory, La Cividina, which has been operating since 1976. The visual design also show the sensitivity and sophistication of the design team of este’r partners, combined with unique design solutions.
In the suite, the designers wanted to separate the sleeping area from the living room area by solving it with a rotating wood panel covered with three-dimensional Flukso fabric. Parts of the suite were connected by a geometric patterned velour carpet, but an important goal was to maintain a floating feeling and to refrain from fixed elements and overbuilding. The airiness is enhanced by a special element of the room, the relief female figures of the Saxlehner Palace, who are holding wall lamps in their hands, which are produced by the high-quality Italian factory, MM Lampadari.
“As an international office and with an international portfolio, we wanted to bring the metropolitan atmosphere and quality into these spaces but the dominant element of the milieu is the Grand Budapest experience: the world of palaces, frescoes, special wood panels, heavy floors and stucco, which for me – also due to personal attachments – it has been portrayed most beautifully here, on Andrássy Avenue.
András Saxlehner, the owner of the thermal springs in Sasad, built the palace at Andrássy Avenue 3 in 1888. The staircase and the ceilings of two rooms are decorated with Lotz paintings, the carved inlaid wood panels of the interiors were made by István Forgó, and the doors by Endre Thék. The palace was decorated with glass windows, Venetian chandeliers and huge mirrors. Later it was owned by the National Association of Hungarian Stamp Collectors, from 1972 there was a Postal Museum in the building. The palace will reopen as an elegant hotel.