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Conran and Partners is an interior and architecture design studio practice founded by Sir Terence Conran who is renowned for designing contemporary ways of living. The studio has offices in London, Hong Kong and Brighton, and their portfolio extends around the world, embracing a rich and varied range of typologies and scales.
The firm was asked to refurbish The Maximilian Hotel, in Prague. The Hotel was open in 1995 by Christian and Rudolf Ploberger, and the make-over covered not only the 71 guest-rooms but also reconfiguring the existing ground floor areas to accommodate new public spaces which include a café and bar – at the hotel’s main entrance -, a brasserie (French-style restaurant) within the living room hub at the heart of the hotel, a library and space just for events with the courtyard garden, alongside with a full renovation of the basement spa.
The Ploberger brothers (who also own the Hotel Josef in Prague), wanted to use the refurbishing as an opportunity to create contrast with the Hotel Josef’s starker iconic style and the Hotel Maximilian’s softer, colourful and more playful style. The design approach for the Maximilian was to reflect the cultural and architectural heritage of the urban context, with a nod to the Czech Modernism.
The hotel’s different areas are highlighted in a different pastel tone as a reference to the colourful architecture of Prague’s inner city. The colours range from light green tones on the entrance to pink in the historic stairwells and deep blue for the guestrooms. The furniture is a careful selection of contemporary and classic products in similar soft shades.
Bespoke lighting elements feature through the public areas and a contemporary chandelier crafted with handmade Czech glass was created for the living room and library. The basement spa has been optimised and refreshed with the use of gentle pastel colours, artwork murals by local design company Lavmi, and warm ambient lighting to promote relaxation.
The Hotel Maximilian is located on Hastalská Street, close to Prague’s Old Town Square, and won the Frame Award for Hotel of the Year in 2019.
Conran and Partners have shared expertise that covers and integrates both architecture and interior design. Their work fans out in many different sectors, ranging from individual restaurants to entire hotels, residential buildings, designing for all market levels and highly-layered regeneration projects – the company offers an added-value through a versatile and coherent approach to design.
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