The Budapest CaféPhotography by James Morgan • April 5, 2018
Dipped in mint green with notes of blush pink, the Budapest Café in Chengdu, China is distinctly feminine with a splash of whimsy that draws inspiration from the Wes Anderson film The Grand Budapest Hotel. For the project, Melbourne, Australia firm Biasol created different “levels of frames as inspired through the film,” says firm founder Jean-Pierre Biasol. “There are numerous scenes that have somewhat symmetrical settings, with a focus on arches and staircases.” The latter meander up walls with some leading nowhere while others form shelves and a seating area, outfitted in speckled terrazzo. Arches act as both pronounced doorways and alcoves for semiprivate dining nooks. Dressed in marble, a long bar paired with white stools entices guests further into the quirky space, while salmon terrazzo in the bathrooms adds “more excitement, fun, and surprise,” he says. Perhaps the most playful element is the pink ball pit that sits beneath cool white neon mountains and an original Eero Aarnio hanging bubble chair. To complete the feel of Anderson’s twee aesthetic, signage and print on menus remain true to those of The Grand Budapest Hotel, making the café a truly magical escape.