Molteni’s Budapest store opened its doors in 2017, and in an effort to provide continued inspiration to design aficionados, the facility’s interiors have been revamped this spring. The Wesselényi utca facility awaits visitors with breath-taking spaces from living rooms to bedrooms and, as an innovation this year, the iconic Dada kitchens are also available to view and inspect in Budapest.
“When the Molteni Flagship Showroom opened, our expectations were extremely high given that it was meant to represent international standards. This is the only Molteni showroom of its category in the region. Today, we can say with certainty that it has fulfilled all our hopes,” says Krisztián Szetei, owner of Solinfo Group, of the collection.
“Molteni’s collections feature premium pieces of forward-thinking Italian design. Since the opening, we have observed that the most popular pieces in Hungary are the classics, such as the Turner sofa, the Filigree table or the Chelsea series.”
New at the Molteni Showroom: Dada kitchens making their debut
The story of Dada started back in 1926, with a small woodworking workshop founded by Angelo Garavaglia. In the 1950s, the company was among the first to build industrial warehouses for ranges of closets and kitchens, which helped the firm’s growth considerably. 1972 saw the establishment of the new Dada brand of high-end kitchen furniture. This is when collaborations started with internationally renowned architects and designers including Angelo Cortesi, Georges Coslin, John Offredi, the innovative Italo Lupi, Amilcare Ponchielli, and popular photographers such as Gabriele Basilico, Aldo Ballo and Vittoria Mussolini.
In 1979, Dada joined the Molteni Group, headed by Luigi Molteni. In 1987, it was awarded one of the world’s most prestigious design accolades, the Compasso d’Oro, for the Futura kitchen designed by Studio Kairos. The main features of the Futura are the wall units, which today are still among Dada’s most innovative products. In the 1990s, Luca Meda designed a truly innovative kitchen for Dada under the name Banco, the first suspended kitchen in the world. 2008 was another milestone: Dada and Armani Casa entered into a partnership agreement. The Armani/Dada brand quickly became a leading manufacturer of high-end kitchens.
Dada represents the surfacing of quality Italian design in the heart of homes, dreamt up by renowned designers such as Vincent Van Duysen, Dante Bonuccelli or Nicola Gallizia.
According to Krisztián Szetei, the objective in the new showroom was to establish a professional space with a wholly new and wide-ranging offer: “Four years after opening its doors, the Molteni Showroom has seen a comprehensive overhaul. The current display primarily showcases new models, with increased focus on living room furniture, wardrobe systems, kitchens and TV walls, but a personal favourite of both myself and the team is still one that has been around for decades, namely the Gio Ponti series, with the D.154.2 or the D.153.1in particular.”
Three quarters of the furniture currently on display are the works of Creative Director Vincent Van Duysen. Visitors to the unique showroom have the opportunity to view three different living room interiors, one bedroom, three dining room layouts, two wardrobe systems and two different kitchens.