Since the days of the mighty Habsburg Empire, Vienna has ever been a bastion of style and design. These days, it is Vienna Design Week, curated by Director Lilli Hollein, that keeps an international focus on this city’s great reputation alive.
An expert in all things design and architecture, Lilli Hollein had nevertheless never yet turned her skilful curatorial eye to the world of interior design until taking on her first project at iconic Vienna design den, Hotel Altstadt.
Nestled in the creative district of Spittelberg and famous for its gallery-like winding corridors filled with art, as well as the individual imprints of myriad influential interior designers in many a room, it was Hotel Altstadt’s room 67 that came to be Lilli Hollein and her husband, the designer Markus Eiblmayr’s, first commission.
“Hotel Altstadt is the place to be if you want to feel at home in the city”
Seeing the room as a Viennese stage, Lilli Hollein and her husband first set the scene with a cosy yet striking cloud wallpaper, designed by founding father of contemporary design, Piero Fornasetti.
The subdued pearl-grey wallpaper contrasts brilliantly to the interior accents from the yellow and pink striped chair to the interior highlight of the colourful, specially designed carpet, with greens and patterns evocative of beautiful Lake Attersee in Austria’s Salzkammergut.
An ode to Vienna’s design scene, the interior is scattered with both contemporary and established names. From using Adolf Loos’ classic mirror trick to expand the room to Carl Auböck’s standing lamps, a desk from March Gut, Patrycja Domanska's diwan, chmara.rosinke contemporary chandeliers and Marco Dessi chairs, this is a space in which to feel and understand the city, host small parties should guests wish, and be surrounded by the palette of design guru and Director of Vienna Design Week, Lilli Hollein herself. Plaids and fabrics by Raf Simons for Kvadrat bring in a bit of international approach.
Which leaves us to state the obvious – when in Vienna on your Design Week travels, there is surely nowhere else you could ever want to stay than at Hotel Altstadt Vienna, room 67. Your key is waiting for you at reception.
Hotel Altstadt is no stranger to infamous faces designing their rooms, so read our travel journal for creative guru Andreas Lackner's hand at design, as well as for when Svenkst Tenn designed the Josef Frank suite.