In Vienna’s centre, for the Lugeck restaurant and inn, eichinger offices have adopted the traditional style of the Viennese inn to distil a new and contemporary Viennese style from its specifically local heritage.
About Lugeck, says Eichinger Offices, “Pastel-coloured panels cover the rear wall of the traditional inn wall. Instead of the bottle-green ceramic tiles typical of Viennese inns, Gregor Eichinger has opted for a material for the guestroom historically associated with the kitchen – as coating for pots and pans: enamel. Like the green and caramel-coloured tiles, the oak staircase swooping up to the first floor provides a chromatic reference to the historical model. But bar and entrance area now make a much brighter and friendlier impression.”
“Enamel is frequently – and erroneously – seen as an old-fashioned material. For me it is a material of the future. Because of its technical surface and robustness it is also used in space technology. Enamel makes a classy technical impression and is in no way banal,” Gregor Eichinger explains his choice of material.
Chandeliers fashioned out of beer glasses are suspended above the waiter’s head, a reference to the typical Viennese Krügerl glass. The curtain at the entrance of traditional inns “has lost its ponderous weight and can be encountered in multiple form on the first floor of the restaurant; here, curtains are used to form séparées.”