Designed to reflect the ambience of an Arts club in Secession design style, in ARTE Hotel you will enjoy the magic of Bulgarian art and the best of classical music and movies.
"To each time its art, to each art its freedom." With their motto unaffectedly carved over the door of Olbrich’s Secession Gallery in Vienna, these designers, including Adolf Loos, Josef Hoffmann, and Otto Wagner, vehemently protested the historically grounded artists and designers of the late 1890s. Following closely behind the Art Nouveau movement, they mixed the sensuous curling flora and fauna with early inclinations towards a more geometric styling, which would later evolve into the Wiener Werkstatte style.
The "Prague chair" of 1925, designed by Josef Hoffmann, is a typical example of the cleaner lines and functional nature of which describes the Vienna Secession. Now considered a classic, it was originally produced by Thonet from the then-new bentwood technique and is still in production today using bent cane. Their rather rigid belief in the importance of functionalism and the primacy of structure led them to strive to design not only furniture to inhabit the space, but also designs which related directly to the exterior architectural detailing. The lines of chairs and tables became more rectilinear and the curves more broad. The feet of tables and chairs were not only useful, but like the stripes on a soldier’s sleeve, the amount of detailing on each chair was commensurate with the user’s rank within an organization. While the Secession movement was proliferating in Austria, Charles Rennie Macintosh was working in Scotland, riding the tail end of the Art Nouveau period with his ladderback chair. Also, the Bauhaus movement was moving forward in Germany, and De Stijl burgeoned in Holland. (www.artandculture.com)