A hotel room in Vienna. One lamp is on the desk, another is next to the bed. The bed subtly traces the outline of a four-poster bed, with the celestial body hovering above it, as a surprise, another light. And on the small sideboard opposite there is another dumbbell-high lamp, gold-coloured and otherwise very gold. There are also other light sources. Quite apart from the lavishly dimensioned mullioned window that shovels in sunbeam after sunbeam.
So overall, you are pretty well lit in room number 28 of the Viennese hotel “Altstadt Vienna”, where Goethe’s supposedly last words (“more light!”) come true, if only because this room is half a stage, i.e. a world of literature artificial. A kingdom of fictions, of appearances. And be it the glow from lamps and lights. The very beautiful oak herringbone parquet, typical of the patrician house in Vienna, which is rich in patina: are these boards what matters?
On the one hand, yes. On the other hand, but because there is still a lack of truth for poetry and reality for appearance, the room is also a kind of natural room after a design by the Austrian actor Tobias Moretti. wood is wood. One inhabits a realm of fact, not fiction. Facts: Large double room, 30 square meters, king-size bed, minibar – and the excellent Moretti idea, according to which a hotel room is always the stage for one’s own life. Or should be. A place of transformation. And aren’t you as a traveler always on your way between worlds? Ideally yes.
Moretti is 63 years old. He is known as a great theater and film actor. But not only as a sausage-throwing sidekick to a sensational police dog who has been making sausage rolls since 1994 through the crime series “Kommissar Rex”. But also as a castle actor in works by Chekhov, Grillparzer and, speaking of the figure of light, Goethe.
As a film actor, he showed most recently in the dystopian thriller “Das Haus” that a rather implausible story can be authenticated by his sharp acting alone. In short: It is clear that Moretti is an excellent actor. Less known: Moretti as a designer. But what can one now experience in room 28, called the “Moretti Room”, in the otherwise wonderfully distinctive hotel “Altstadt Vienna” as a spectacle worth seeing.
When he designed the double room (with the help of the designer Eugenie Arlt and the artist Degenhard Andrulat), the actor wanted to “connect his two worlds in one room”: the city and the world of the theater on the one hand – and the world that surrounds him privately on the other landscape in the Tyrolean mountains. This is his home. If the stage lighting marks the place where Moretti works, then the sunset in the Alps is it, for what Moretti works. Urbanity and suburbanity, the fictional and the factual: these are the worlds that meet in the Moretti space.
The room, thoughtfully furnished and pleasantly accented with color, becomes a stage room and offers a view from behind the theater curtain to the outside or, under a rather ironic clapboard eaves, to the interior – to an Alpine photo wallpaper. This depicts Moretti’s own hunting grounds. The artistically edited (“de-kitsched”) picture is from him. As well as “herbal salt & tea by Tobias Moretti”, which you can “buy at reception” at any time.
In this economic foresight, the activity of the mime is a little too reminiscent of the movie character Quirin Sydow as the CFO of a “bad bank”. The larch wood in the room comes from Moretti’s own forest. A carpenter faithfully recreated the private Moretti bed. So if you always wanted to wake up in Moretti’s bed (if necessary without Moretti): In Vienna it is now possible at the hotel. Moretti has been checking in here for 20 years. Now he has designed his own room as a double world.
“Altstadt Vienna”, located in the artists’ quarter behind the Museumsquartier, is the spectacular, at the same time confidently reserved and simply totally Viennese product of creativity. Architects like Matteo Thun and Adolf Krischanitz, design experts like Lilli Hollein, fashion designers like Atil Kutoğlu and Lena Hoschek or stylists like Andi Lackner – and most recently actors like Tobias Moretti have 62 individual rooms and suites in this hotel, which Otto Ernst Wiesenthal invented as a utopian place designed.
The hotel is also part architecture exhibition, part design fair, part art museum and part last quarter a brilliant piñata of hospitality. Whereby this unusual hotel, since the whole is always greater than the sum of its parts, in a surreal fifth quarter is also a Dorado for the space-creating ambitions of part-time designers who actually have completely different professions.
It is becoming more and more apparent how attractive architecture, interior design and design (put all this in quotation marks) is to creative people of all kinds. However, the relationship between stars/stars and art form does not always end in love. Sometimes you want to discuss what is designed in couples therapy.
For example, the actress Catherine Zeta-Jones presented an interior collection under the brand “Casa Zeta-Jones”, which (according to the lifestyle expert at Wow) “convinced by vintage flair”. She posted her “girl cave,” which is a converted barn, on Instagram. Lots of mirrored glass. Lots of stage lights. Plus an XXL sofa landscape and some stable atmosphere. It’s hard to understand what could be convincing as vintage flair here, but let’s just say it courier-Words: “Zeta-Jones goes stylist & shows smart homes”.
It’s not enough for an interior design career, but it doesn’t matter on Instagram. On the Casa Zeta Jones website, the actress promises everything you need to transform your own world into beauty. The pink pads that look like flesh-eating monster truck tires are one of them.
Miranda Kerr, Australian model, created a home collection called “Love. Joy. Bliss”. These include side tables, beds, chairs, armchairs and sofas that are said to have a Scandinavian look. Or vaguely reminiscent of what an Australian model might think of as Scandinavian design.
Reese Witherspoon has designed service, Gwyneth Paltrow delivers exceptional service with candles, Eva Longoria likes window decorations, Brad Pitt thinks about futuristic furniture – and Jérôme Boateng discovered the much more offensive art of designing glasses while still a Bayern Munich defender. Which prompted his boss at the time, Rummenigge, to announce that Bôateng should come “back to earth” again. At least the men’s magazine GQ saw it differently and named Bôateng “Man of the Year”. Not as a central defender, but as a trendsetter, fashion icon and eyewear designer.
One could now, tending to be in a bad mood, recommend all hobby designers from the celebrity camp who thirst for meaning to return to earth. On the other hand: why? The longing to express yourself, to form something, to design something beyond your own profession: Is it not an enchanting reference to a world that only superficially seems to have everything, ie money, success, recognition. And then you want to reinvent the chair again. It can be naive, selfish, disrespectful (to professional designers) and probably also a serious indication of too much free time.
Not every amateur love of design can be satisfying either – but after all, it is often just that: a hobby. The amator (Latin) in amateur (French) is the lover. Love is basically something to be embraced kindly.
Moretti’s four-poster bed is also a good place to sleep. It’s just a bit of a shame that in the morning the theater curtain with the curtain rod crumbles off the wall and falls down. the end of the performance.