CLADmag issue4 2019

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Tina Norden First designed by Eva Jiřičná and now refurbished by Conran and Partners, Prague’s Hotel Maximilian has reopened with a bold, playful new look

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pened in 1995 and renovated in 2005 by Czech architect Eva Jiřičná, Hotel Maximilian has reopened after a refurbishment

programme by Conran and Partners. Hotel owners Christian and Rudolf Ploberger commissioned Conran and Partners to create contemporary interiors with a ‘clear and compelling personality’ for the 71 bedroom hotel. The Ploberger brothers – who also own the Hotel Josef in Prague – wanted to use the renovation as an opportunity to HOTEL PHOTOS: © MATTHIAS ASCHAUER

contrast Josef’s starker, iconic style with a softer, more playful style at Maximilian. “Maximilian presented us with interesting challenges,” says Tina Norden, partner, Conran and Partners. “It consists of two different buildings with different architectural styles, which are connected on the ground floor by a linear series of previously underutilised public areas. Our challenge was to open up and unify

We have created an approach which is playful, provocative but also functional

these spaces to create a coherent and engaging journey for guests and visitors.” The refurbishment covers the 71 guest rooms, plus the reconfiguration of existing ground floor areas to create new public library and event space with courtyard

which is grounded in the local context.”

“We have created an approach

Teige collage artwork

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“Our aim was to redefine Maximilian with a clear and compelling personality

of the bijou existing basement spa.

features a Karel

including photomontages by Karel Teige.

spaces including a café/bar, brasserie, garden, alongside a full refurbishment

The reception

celebrates the Czech avant-garde movement,

Bespoke lighting elements designed by Conran and Partners, and made by Czech manufacturer Sans Souci, feature throughout

which is playful, provocative but

the public areas and a contemporary

also functional,” says Norden.

chandelier crafted from handmade Czech

“Colour features very strongly in the

glass was created for the living room and

rooms as well, combining a deep blue with

library spaces. Artwork plays a key part

softer highlights and warm oak joinery,

in the design, based on pieces the owners

textured glass, mirror and brass details.

had already, combined with prints of

The bespoke headboards reference the local

iconic Teige collages and contemporary

craft of basket weaving, while the artwork

pieces inspired by his works. l