THE CHÂTEAU THEN…
Château Hochberg, originally named Château Teutsch after the family that had it built, is located on the site of the former Hochberg glassworks, which closed down in 1868. The last owners of the works, Victor and Edouard Teutsch, commissioned the building of this magnificent residence between 1863 and 1866. In keeping with the Second Empire style from the epoch of Napoleon III, Château Hochberg features imposing façades decorated with bands of pink sandstone, large-scale windows and handsome wrought iron balconies. For a number of years, the Hochberg glassworks was the centre of the Teutsch family’s professional commitments but also of their daily life, particularly that of Edouard Teutsch. He was fervent in his opposition to the annexation of Alsace and Lorraine by Germany. Nevertheless, he got himself elected as a member of the German parliament, the Reichstag, for the Saverne constituency. In 1874, he made a blistering speech of protest criticising the cession of territory.After that, he returned to France. Appointed to the position of Paymaster General by the French Republic, he left Wingen-sur-Moder and served in Auch, Mâcon, Epinal and finally Nancy where he took his retirement. From that time onwards, the Teutsch family stayed at the Château only during the summer. Following the death of Edouard Teutsch in 1908, the Château was sold. It passed through the hands of various owners and was classified as a historic building in 1996. In 2014, it was bought by Silvio Denz, Chairman and CEO of Lalique.
Château Teutsch, 1900
… AND NOW
This manor house, which is closely linked with the traditions and savoir-faire of glassmaking, which are at the origins of Maison Lalique, is undergoing a renaissance. It opened on 12 August 2016 as a hotel aiming to obtain four-star status, complemented by an elegant modern bistro with a high quality creative cuisine that is reasonably priced.
A new chapter in the story of Château Hochberg is opening to provide locals and visitors alike with a convivial destination and a complementary offer close to Villa René Lalique, the ultra-sophisticated hotel and gourmet restaurant awarded with two Michelin stars. Even before entering through the high and imposing black gates of the property, visitors are captivated by the sight of the majestic building glimpsed at the end of the central tree-lined avenue. Climbing the steps to the main entrance, visitors are clearly aware that they are entering a place charged with history and that the spirit and soul of the building has been preserved.The restoration and decoration of the Château are the fruit of a close collaboration between Lalique Interior Design Studio, directed by Adeline Lunati, and Christine and Nicola Borella, founders of the Borella Art Design agency. The Studio offers architects and designers an exclusive range of high-end projects integrating crystal elements in spatial concepts. The agency is renowned for its expertise in developing concepts and realising customised projects in the luxury hotel and high-end gastronomy sector. Lalique Interior Design Studio developed and realised a unique concept for Château Hochberg. The world of Lalique is brought to life with great finesse and a contemporary feel through the play of light created by panels in glass and crystal and Lalique mirrors placed in the rooms and communal areas of the establishment. Borella Art Design has given elegant expression to the concept, integrating crystal in an environment that is consistent with the world of Lalique.
LALIQUE INTERIOR DESIGN STUDIO
The Studio’s expertise is focused on the development and realisation of special projects integrating crystal elements in spatial concepts. It combines the heritage of crystal manufacture with the modernity of its creations to produce unique panels that are an expression of timeless luxury.
“In my work, I associate the unique and precious character of the world of Lalique with quite specific features. The purpose of our interior design work is to breathe life into the spaces we design.” explains Adeline Lunati, who heads the Lalique Interior Design Studio. The concept at the heart of each project is to enhance the space. In each case, crystal plays a central role, following the creative approach developed by René Lalique. All the pieces are produced to this day at the Lalique manufacturing site at Wingen-sur-Moder. Creations at the cutting edge of design and innovation see the light of day as part of interior design projects for such as private homes, restaurants, luxury hotels and yachts. In each one of these projects, the panels and crystal elements produced by Lalique form the exclusive creations that structure the space, adding their light and precious character to the locations.
BORELLA ART DESIGN
The agency has almost 30 years’ experience in decorative and interior design projects.
Founded by Christine and Nicola Borella, the firm’s reputation is based on this duo of complementary talents, its creative and innovative positioning and its ability to question its achievements on an ongoing basis. Inspired by their extensive travels they compose a narrative of place, full of details, which give plenty of scope in the choice of materials and free rein to the imagination. From designing the interiors of yachts and residences to the most beautiful hotels, the duo bring passion to projects close to their hearts, whatever the setting and wherever in the world their work takes them.
At Château Hochberg, in cooperation with Lalique Interior Design Studio, Borella Art Design developed a concept and realised a bespoke environment in which crystal plays a prominent part, reflecting the values of the Lalique brand.