Renovated apartments hold a unique detail that new ones lack: the original story reimagined over the years. Andras Hunfalvi, industrial designer and owner of Hungarian design studio Flying Objects, sent us the story of his renovated Budapest apartment. He says that although the studio typically doesn’t do interiors, “the work methods and design philosophies we use daily worked for rebuilding my home as well.”
Renovating his own apartment gave the product designer a chance to explore interior design. “When I tried to find a home three years ago, I was looking for a place with amazing possibilities,” Hunfalvi says. “As a designer, I’m lucky to have the ability to see the best in every room.
“When I first saw this apartment it was damaged, the walls were painted odd colors and the previous owner built arches in weird places, but I instantly fell in love with the picture of what the place could become.
“This district of Budapest is a very old, interesting part of town, with narrow streets and a certain Eastern European charm. The house itself is under historical preservation that limited my possibilities a bit, but the parts that need to be protected add up to the end results.”
The 1,033-square-foot apartment in the Palace district of Budapest welcomes visitors with bright spaces inspired by the owner’s style and preferences: “In my work, even in the way I dress, I love well-designed, clean, lovable, fun and practical pieces,” Hunfalvi says. “I’m heavily inspired by Scandinavian design, but I did not want to just create a Scandinavian interior in the middle of Budapest; I used a lot from the rich heritage of the city and the country.
“The basis was a clean, relaxed, warm look with mid-century-modern furniture. I filled it up with objects I love: rare porcelains from old Hungarian manufacturers, paintings from my friends, vintage Braun kitchen appliances and lot of books complete the whole vibe. I used some simple lamps and learned a lot about lighting during the process.
“I love the tall ceilings and large windows that make the whole place bright. I can’t choose a favorite nook or place, because it depends on my mood. Sometimes it’s the century-old Thonet rocking chair in the living room; on hotter days, I love to read or work on the loveseat in the dining room. The historic atmosphere of the hall and the stairway is enchanting and unique, with its stained glass by art nouveau artist Miksa Roth.”
Visibly enchanted by both his home and his work, Hunfalvi shares his love for duality: “What I love the most is the mixture of historical and modern. It’s spacious, but it has cozy corners; it’s stylish yet comfortable; it has everything I’ m looking for in a home. Now, after the renovation and styling, it’s completely the way I imagined it when I first stepped in.”
The featured paintings were created by Patrícia Jagicza; the photographs of this renovated apartment were taken by Judit Huszár.