Creative guru Andreas Lackner (Creative Director, perfectprops and initiator of the famous Life Ball Vienna) is the latest designer in a genius series of creatively inspiring reworks at the Hotel Altstadt Vienna.
For this instalment a couple of rooms were handed over to Lackner with a brief to embrace the hotel’s philosophy of familiarity, comfort and above all, authenticity. The result is fantastic – these are certainly going to be some of our future favourites.
Charged with putting his stamp onto the Altstadt, the charismatic Lackner was immediately drawn to the view from one of the windows – a view that ushered a fabulously imaginative take on times-past powdered romance complete with an edge of rough-lux and a tiny touch of sheer opulence.
“The old church tower with its weathered facade exudes something of the old Vienna which is no longer so easy to find today.”
Stucco panels and wall coverings, based on photos of the church façade, frame a sultry, interior combo of brown & taupe, while gold, bronze and silver shine up against a stunningly elegant black stained parquet flooring – the cosiness being punctuated by clever addition of concrete lights that add Lackner’s utilitarian poeticism to the bedroom scene.
“The muted colors – from beige to concrete – are based on those of the surrounding facades”, says Lackner, and “concrete deliberately creates a break to the cosy ambience.”
Large bold prints by artist Josef Fischnaller complete the scene of this beautifully distorted concept of a tale of Vienna in times past, cleverly inspired by the weathered church tower.
Just a couple of the imaginative rooms of the Hotel Altstadt Vienna in hip Spittelberg, the artistic “SoHo” of Vienna’s 7th district.
For more on Austria and interior design have a peek in our travel journal at Angelika Taschen and her suite at Der Seehof, and for more on Vienna's art scene check out the Old Bread Factory and contemporary art staple TBA21, culture hubs for those in the know.