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We have already mentioned Brody House on our list of “Top 5 Most Beautiful Boutique Hotels in Budapest” this week, but we love the design concept and interiors of this magnificent and stylish hotel so much we felt like telling you a little bit more about it.
*Written by: Rita Rodrigues
Brody House operates as a quirky boutique hotel with 11 unique and individually designed bedrooms within a neo-classical heritage building in Budapest’s palace quarter. The building survived the ravages of the Second World War, the Hungarian uprising of 1956 (that started at the Hungarian radio station a few doors down Brody Sandor street) and the fifty years of neglect and poor maintenance that followed.
Prior to its conversion into a boutique hôtel in 2009, founders William Clothier and Peter Grundberg resided in the property, along with their artist friends, hosting cultural salons and dinner parties. They named the house after Hungarian writer, Sandor Brody, and ‘his’ street at which the house is sited.
Brody House remains a work in progress, undergoing various loving restorations since its inception. Each room in this hotel is unique and named after an eponymous Brody House artist who either used to have a studio at Brody House or have since collaborated with the Brody House Group.
The rooms were often their former studios and feature vintage up-cycled furniture, paint stripped walls and contemporary art. All rooms have ensuite bathrooms, some even have a free-standing bath in the room for those wo would like to enjoy some special, decadent champagne moments.
Named after French artist, Etienne Claret de Fleurieu who spent two years in Budapest living and working in the house. Among his collectors is French fashion designer Agnes B. Etienne currently resides in Brussels.
Another French artist, Ludo Thiriez, worked in Brody House and received valuable guidance from Etienne. Ludo works between Sao Paulo, Paris and Budapest. Clothes hanging space in the room is made from wooden offcuts.
Budapest has a strong history of famous photographers and photographic works such as Robert Cappa. The photo room features work from Christopher Everard (UK), Tibor Papp (HUN) and Attila Lóránt (HUN).
Eszter’s shoe box
In attempt to make use of the grand ceiling heights and inspired by Terrence Conran’s book on small spaces – a second level was constructed to house a double bed.
International artist and sculptor, Bo Droga (Australia) became friends with the founders while working in London. On each periodic trip to Budapest Bo creates and contributes a new piece of artwork for his room. Bo currently lives and works in Paris.
Yan Yeresko from Belorussia was introduced to Brody House by Alex Tinei. Yan currently has an atelier in Brody Studios and spends his time in between Minsk and Budapest.
Alex Tinei, encouraged by the founders, set up his first atelier in the house and was the first artist to start working here. He considers the move was instrumental to his professional career. Alex since has found success internationally and currently has an atelier at Brody Studios.
Named after hungarian artist Attila Stark.
The Print suite
The spacious room features prints from the growing collection of Brody Artyard (http://www.brodyartyard.com/).
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