Located in a building originally designed by Czech architectural historian and critic Karel Teige in the '20s, the Maximilian Hotel opened in Prague in April 1995. In 2004 Eva Jiricna, in collaboration with AI Design, has been asked to give the Maximilan a “facelift”. They transformed it into a signature property offering a greater degree of comfort and a design statement of its own without requiring major reconstruction. Just walk in the lobby to see the splendid result: a backlit yellow onyx wall provides a dramatic backdrop for the reception desks, made of walnut and black lacquer. The materials and design are a gesture to the ’20s, a time of transition from Art Deco to Modernism. Other period references abound, starting with the colors — blue bed throws, red and purple chairs in the library, and the Eileen Gray chairs used by Pierre Chareau for La Maison de Verre in Paris, also an inspiration. The graphic works on display throughout the hotel are by Czech artists of the era, on loan from Prague’s Museum of Decorative Arts. Keen eyes will spot other reference designers such as Giuseppe Terragni, or Arne Jacobsen, along with elements of the original building.