Ulster carpet the brand new Ritz-Carlton Budapest
The Ritz – Carlton Budapest is a palatial retreat in the cultural heart of Budapest close to St Stephen’s Basilica, overlooking the city’s jewel – the river Danube. Ulster Carpets worked closely with GA Design to create bespoke woven axminster for this exciting project in the Hungarian capital. Armed with a brief to create a contemporary, luxurious feel which reflected the hotel’s surroundings, Ulster created a number of designs for the lobby, corridors and guest rooms within the newly opened hotel.
The story running through the building is one inspired by the idea of ‘The Blue Danube’. Shimmering blue and grey tones are predominant in the carpet designs and tie the entire interior scheme together.
The strongest statement is in the lobby and guestroom carpets. The carpet in the lobby is aimed to express a lot of energy movement of the flow of the river which is in a linear direction drawing guests into the hotel and towards the reception desk. The patterns are deliberately intended to create swirls which mimic the ebb and flow of a river and the movement of water. The greys and whites in this carpet also create a feeling of light on the surface of the water and touch on the possibility of ice in the river which occurs in the depths of a Hungarian winter. The idea of ice and the blue water is particularly brought out in the guestroom carpet which makes a very modern statement and adds a splash of drama within the room, contrasting the classical decor elements. In the basement the intention is different. The water theme is still there but it is more moody and ‘standing’ and therefore more appropriate to the low situation. Again the tone on tones of blues and greys are here.
Ulster are delighted to work on such a high profile project – The Ritz-Carlton’s first establishment in Hungary. Ulster have worked alongside the prestigious brand on a number of projects around the world including The Ritz-Carlton Abu Dhabi and The Ritz-Carlton Toronto.