Matteo Thun draws on the Czech art heritage for the design of The Julius Prague

Italian architect Matteo Thun looked to the works of Czech artists Alphonse Mucha and František Kupka for the decor of this Prague hotel, which features pastel colors and natural materials.

Located in an art deco building in the city center, Julius Prague has apartment suites with kitchenettes as well as smaller hotel rooms designed to have the feel of a home-away-from-home.

Matteo Thun used soft colors for the rooms at The Julius Prague

“In exploring new ways of living, we had to think about how we could create that home-away-from-home feeling – providing privacy and independence, while offering flexible communal spaces such as co-working areas, meeting rooms and open lounges.” Tuna told Dezeen.

“The rooms are designed as apartments, and the public areas are intended as an extension of the rooms.”

Conservatory in the courtyard of the Czech hotel
Rooms overlook a central courtyard

The decor of the colorful hotel was influenced by the way Czech Art Nouveau painter Alphonse Mucha and Czech abstract painter František Kupka used color.

Mucha’s soft pastel colors were used for the guest rooms, many of which overlook a central courtyard with a bright conservatory, while Thun looked to Kupka’s lighter color palette for the common areas.

Restaurant with rust colored chairs
The hotel’s lighting was informed by bohemian glasswork

“Inspired by Mucha’s work, we chose a muted palette and pastel colors for the rooms, working with natural materials and soft textiles to create a soothing and inviting atmosphere,” said Thun.

“Meanwhile, in the common areas, we chose a more vibrant color palette, drawing on Kupka’s abstract pieces, for a more energetic atmosphere,” he added.

“For lighting, we were inspired by the bohemian art glasswork that emits a warm ambient glow.”

Green walls and orange chairs in the hotel restaurant
More vibrant colors were used in the common areas

Tactile natural materials were used throughout the hotel, including the bathrooms, which are clad in a marble-effect ceramic tile.

“We used marble-effect ceramic tiles from a leading Italian tile manufacturer for flooring in public areas and kitchens and bathrooms in the residences,” Thun said.

“We love working with natural materials and have used oak flooring for the serviced homes, with spacious living environments with open kitchens and generous smart workspaces,” he added.

“Throughout Julius, custom-made furniture and pieces ensure that every space sparks curiosity.”

Bathroom interior at The Julius Prague
Bathrooms were covered with ceramic tiles with a marble effect

Julius Prague is the first hotel from the Julius Meinl family, a Vienna-based gourmet food retailer and manufacturer with whom Thun has previously worked.

“We have had a rewarding relationship over the past 15 years and their flair continues to be invaluable in channeling design towards authentic, new and inspiring projects,” said Thun.

A wall with small potted plants and a bench
The hotel was designed as a “home-away-from-home”

“In this case, we have contributed our experience to their first hospitality project, designing a timeless arrangement in line with new expectations: a contextually aware nomadic way of living,” he added.

Other recent projects in Prague include a pop-up market with a turquoise scaffolding design and a spa with curved cement walls and glass details.

The photograph is by Gionata Xerra.

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