Guests with a pronounced faible for atmosphere, style and a cosy ambience have come to precisely the right address at Waldhotel Stuttgart. As part of the complete renovation which was completed in September 2011, the interior redesign work undertaken by Munich-based architect André Behncke consciously focussed on a holistic furnishing concept with a unique character. Whether in the lobby, the restaurant, the rooms or suites, emphasis was placed on creating a successful symbiosis of the traditional and modern as well as nature and culture.
The direct vicinity of the forest is reflected in diverse ways in the interior. Firstly, the design has been influenced by the shapes and extensive range of colours found in nature; one other important stimulus was also provided by the touch and feel of natural materials. In selecting the striped Dutch wallpaper, for example, the architect was inspired by the irregularity of tree bark.
The refined styling is additionally expressed in the use of high-quality materials and the skilful combination of wood, Jura marble and felt. The wealth of nature's variety is reflected throughout in the choice of furnishings, wallpaper, curtains and lamps from internationally renowned designers such as Matteo Thun, Patricia Urquiola, Vivienne Westwood and Philippe Starck.
Presented throughout virtually the entire hotel, the paintings from the "Waldrausch" group of works by Stuttgart artist Christa Winter contribute extensively towards the atmospheric mood which is set. Whether in the rooms, the lobby or the event rooms: the scenarios surprise with their unusual compositions and open up entirely new visual perspectives by intermeshing figurative and abstract image levels.
Christa Winter's works are set down exclusively on handmade paper – implemented using diverse artistic techniques such as oil, water colours, acrylic, pastel chalk, gouache or collage. Genuine bird feathers can be discovered, as can the application of high-carat gold leaf. Certain of the pictures have been painted using translucent layers of colour combined with powerful brushstrokes. No two pictures are the same; without exception, all of them are originals.