During the reconstruction

 of the villa housing the institute, cultural space and modern archive handling the estates of Arthur Koestler, György  Petri, János Pilinszky, János Sziveri and Hungarian Nobel laureate Imre Kertész, the first and foremost wish of the customer was to create a contemporary, modern, 21st-century renovation and rethinking of the turn-of-the-century ideas.

It was also the customer’s wish to orient the design as a whole so that every detail of the house felt that this was not the state of the time, but a modern, very 21st-century renovation and rethinking of the turn-of-the-century spirituality. This is how the art deco-modern fusion was created, which, with its fine details and exquisite use of materials, commemorates the high-quality applied art of its great predecessors. The connecting thread is a geometric motif that appears in different scales and details in every corner of the building, evoking the world of both Hungarian and American art deco.

Following the traditions of the turn of the century and art deco, the materials used and the color palette are, of course, based on the harmony of black, white and gold. The only exception is the furniture in the hall on the reception level, where the vibrant purple colors of the seating in the middle give a new focus to the timeless restoration.

There is also a contrast between the streamlined design of the 21st century and the rich detail of the turn of the century in the case of the red Bogányi piano under the undulating stucco vault of the former dining room.

The client, who has always considered the establishment of the institute and the realization of a worthy headquarters a matter of heart, took minute care to create a multifunctional archive, research place and cultural space worthy of the ethos of Imre Kertész, who stayed true to bourgeois traditions under all circumstances. And Basic Collection also contributed to that with their furniture.
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