The Ritz Carlton
Located in Budapest, The Ritz Carlton opened following a major redesign of the former Le Meridien Hotel. The Ritz Carlton have collaborated with award winning hospitality interior and branding studio, B3 Designers, to produce the standalone restaurant Deák St. Kitchen and Kupola Lounge café within the hotel.
Including 170 guestrooms and 30 luxury suites, the new hotel was unveiled in May, and is the first Ritz Carlton to open in Budapest.
Deák St. Kitchen restaurant makes a striking impression; displaying bold masculine undertones and a refined design, with its deep rich leather seating, Hungarian point timber flooring and walnut tables. Brighter details juxtapose these elements, such as the rose gold trim on the lighting and furnishings and the antique mirror panelling around the room. Curated artwork finishes off the space elegantly.
The restaurant opens out onto its namesake, Deák Street, the famous Budapest ‘fashion’ street. One of the main successes of the restaurant’s design is its accessibility from street level, with its welcoming entrance, beautiful dining terrace and bi-folding doors.
Mark Bithrey, Director at B3 Designers commented:
“It was a great opportunity to work with the Food and Beverage team at Ritz Carlton and convert an under used hotel breakfast room into a destination restaurant that is popular with both hotel guests and locals.”
In contrast to the detailed interior, B3 Designers created a branding design that is clean and informal, featuring a collection of hand illustrated food and wine references used throughout the menus and interior. The innovative logo incorporates the year the restaurant was opened, (2016) as a modern indicator together with a more traditional logo aesthetic, inspired by the labelling of wine bottles.
Branding materials include textured ‘butcher’ like paper, wooden clipboards with heavy metallic clips and stylish embossed leather menus.
Adjacent to the restaurant is the lounge café, Kupola Lounge. The lounge takes its name from the soaring dome ceiling feature which dominates the large space. As most of the building’s internal architecture is protected, B3 Designers endeavoured to celebrate these features by creating an internal skin mirroring the classic architecture by combining elegant furniture with a timeless material palette of rose gold, marble, velvet and walnut.
Adding a layer of luxury to the branding, B3 Designers took inspiration from connoisseur culture with emphasis on subtle, simple elegance. Their material choice included leather menu covers in a deep blue tone, symbolising the blue hues of the Danube River which runs through Eastern Europe, together with a simple but effective logo design.
A selection of delicious Hungarian-inspired dishes are available at Deák St. Kitchen, crafted using local seasonal ingredients. Freshly grilled meat and fish are on offer, alongside one of the city’s finest assortments of indigenous Hungarian wines and beers whilst Kupola Lounge serves a traditional and contemporary breakfast menu while in the afternoon offering light lunch in an elegant and warm setting.