Crowne Plaza Budapest, belonging to the IHG Hotels group, was officially opened in May this year in the Westend building complex next to the Nyugati railway station. We asked Luca Urmai, our lead designer and salesperson, about their new design furniture.

The furnishing of the interiors of the Crowne Plaza Budapest praises the taste and expertise of the Basic Collection professionals. The Basic Collection has been dealing with the distribution of design furniture for more than twenty years, and with its other services it also helps the implementation of HORECA, office and public body projects. As a furniture distribution company, our primary goal is to create a special, unique, premium living experience for our customers. Our goal is to make this available, regardless of size and complexity, through our design furniture and services, both in the office sector and in public body projects.

This seems like a very complex undertaking. In order to find the right solution for each need and idea, we choose from the products of nearly five hundred international brands. This is how we can provide all business sectors with a wide range of materials, shapes and styles, from cost-effective to high-end. We have helped nearly six thousand successful projects worldwide from concept to implementation. Our work spans continents, from London to Los Angeles, from Berlin through Budapest to Tel Aviv.

Which of the domestic projects would you highlight? I would highlight for example the Ritz Carlton, Hilton, Marriott, Grand Hotel Esztergom, Yama Budapest, White Raven Skybar & Lounge, and also Etele Plaza. We have just handed over the Mercure Hotel in Debrecen, which is one of the jewels of domestic hotels, and I think the same is true for the Crowne Plaza Budapest.


On what basis was the furniture for the Crowne Plaza selected? Although we received a visual plan from one of the leading designers which also included suggestions for some of the furniture, we were able to adapt it all to the local conditions. The point was that the atmosphere of the interior of the hotel should be warm, close to nature and youthful.

What was the biggest challenge in this project? The short deadline and the fact that the furniture should not only be aesthetic, but also easy to clean, wear-resistant and flame-resistant.

You work with many supplier partners. How to choose between them in such a situation? We look for furniture critically and are very knowledgeable about the selection of manufacturers. As an international company, openness is particularly important to us. We are open to new cultures, trends and points of view. With a global approach and professional experience spanning continents, we provide the best customer solutions. It is important that we do not differentiate between a large project and a small cafe, and our relationship with customers is particularly personal.

Copy: Ágnes Molnár I Interior photo: Gergely Jancsó  I Desiner: Tremend, Architect-project coordinator: Magdalena Federowicz-Boule I Portré photo: Dániel Végel

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