Cool Spaces: The Budapest Cafe

WORDS Amelia Brown PHOTOS James Morgan

The interiors of this stylish café in Chengdu, China, were inspired by Wes Anderson’s The Grand Budapest Hotel.

Melbourne-based, multi-award-winning studio Biasol combined marble surfaces with dreamy pastel hues and sharp geometric angles with retro curves.

The café’s owners chose an Australian design studio to create an environment that would appeal to an international audience. Architect Jean-Pierre Biasol, looked to the “vivid and nostalgic colour palettes” seen in movies by American filmmaker Wes Anderson.

To achieve this aesthetic, the designers chose a powdery palette, light-grey marble and speckled multicoloured terrazzo, which complement the pastel greens and pinks of the walls and furniture.

“Like Anderson, we create imagination and evocative spaces,” said Jean-Pierre. “Our design for The Budapest Cafe has a relaxed and indulgent atmosphere; a whimsical and elegant aesthetic; and a hospitality experience infused with Melbourne’s café culture.”