I like this castle. In fact, would be happy with this castle indeed. The castle is called The Hammerhaus. It is a 16 room mini castle two hours outside of Vienna built in 1400 on a 593 acre family estate. It is owned by a freelance art consultant Florian Staudinger…and the land and building have been in his family since the 1800s.
In 2003, Staudinger took on the daunting task of renovating this 5,380 square foot main building that had fallen into total disrepair. According to the New York Times article on the home, so far Staudinger and his parents have spent the equivalent of a little more than $740,000 restoring the property to date. I don’t think this is too much to renovate a historic home that has been around for over 600 years! Do you?
Today, this mini castle is looking great and it houses some wonderful antiques, modern art, signature furnishings and more. It is the true combination of old meets new.
|Philippe Starck chairs and a custom dining table are the centerpiece of the castle’s dining room. Also on display…the turquoise blue chair sculpture in the corner by Markus Hofer, an Austrian artist. (above)|
|Glossy black cabinets make a mega modern statement in the castle’s kitchen. The wood countertop is made from a fallen tree from the castle’s grounds. (above)|
|The office features baroque detailing on the ceiling, a large wood table once used to clean game, and a Christina Zurfluh sculpture. (above)|
The library’s architecture and decor cover all eras with am ornate carved wood ceiling dating back to the 17the century, mid century modern Corbusier chaise, a red and white contemporary sculpture and an antique ceramic stove, (above)
What do you think of this Austrian mini castle – take it or leave it? Do you like the mix of modern and antique furnishings?
I would take it…make some tweaks on the decor…but I would be 100% okay with this!
P.S. If you are at all interested…I am in the middle of getting all details together for updating the COCOCOZY shop and the COCOCOZY collection with new designs and a few new products in time for the summer trade shows…so hope you don’t mind if I share the process with you a bit. It will be more in the form of to do lists with a sneak peek here and there…interesting or not interesting to you? Let me know!
Photos: New York Times