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The fabrics of Backhausen’s ‘Made in Austria’ heritage

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The fabrics of Backhausen’s ‘Made in Austria’ heritage

With its DNA firmly rooted in Austrian heritage, Backhausen’s quality and style of fabrics is a result of the brand’s authentic craftsmanship. The company’s Maria Florencia Caruso shares its narrative…

Austria, a place known as the home of music, culture, the waltz, ski resorts, palaces, outstanding museums and dramatic landscapes.

However, the country’s history of craftsmanship, attention to detail, precision, art and design is often overlooked. Products ‘Made in Austria’ tend to combine luxury with dependability – redefining, quality, reliability, sustainability, heritage and design.

Backhausen is an Austrian-heritage manufacturing company specialising in premium quality fabrics using natural fibres. The company’s mill is located in the Waldviertel region – more specifically in Hoheneich, which is located in lower Austria and literally translates as the “forest district”. In addition to its breathtaking nature, the Waldviertel has a rich history, culture and know-how in weaving textiles.

The factory, which is located in between rolling mountains and hills in Austria

Image Caption: Backhausen’s factory is located in Waldviertel region, and sits inbetween rolling hills in the countryside | Image credit: Backhausen

“Backhausen’s designs are inspired by an extensive archive developed throughout its 171-year history.”

The brand’s products are designed, manufactured and packaged in Austria. At Backhausen, ‘Made in Austria’ is exemplified through the art of weaving and craftsmanship. The key to creating every woven fabric at Backhausen is its committed team, which uses skills and techniques passed from generation to generation. Backhausen’s expertise is to manufacture elaborate, intricate and diverse fabrics on state-of-the-art Jacquard looms, constructed using infinite design concepts. Jacquard fabrics distinctively incorporate complex patterns and colours into their weave, can feature a raised, luxurious brocade motif and are often reversible.

Furthermore, Backhausen’s designs are inspired by an extensive archive developed throughout its 171-year history, in collaboration with acclaimed local architects, artists and designers. The archive is a treasure trove of daily inspiration for Backhausen’s designs and is part of Austria’s cultural history. The patterns and designs that form the influential archive are protected and not permitted to leave the country without official permission. Through this archive, Backhausen gives ‘Made in Austria’ a deeper and greater meaning.  The company’s strength is finding the right balance between tradition and modern technology through experience and creativity.

Backhausen products give ‘Made in Austria’ an international perspective with its brand pillars of craftsmanship, sustainability, heritage and individuality.

Schönbrunn Palace, the Hofburg Imperial Palace and State Opera House in Vienna are all renowned Austrian landmarks in which Backhausen’s fabrics can be found. Internationally, Backhausen textiles can be seen in first class hotels, theatres, restaurants, cafes, renowned landmarks and high-end residential projects.

The company is in partnership with designers from different industries and backgrounds, in addition to the use of its fabrics for interior upholstery and curtains. The fashion designer, Arthur Arbesser commissioned Backhausen to produce exquisite jacquard fabrics for two of his collections shown at Milan Fashion week and the Leopold Museum in Vienna. Backhausen fabrics can also be found in elegant modes of transport, as they are certified for aviation and marine interiors because of their durability and luxuriousness.

Backhausen’s bespoke options allow designers to express their individuality and creativity by creating project-specific patterns and motifs. Sagmeister & Walsh designed the Colour Room, in creative partnership with Backhausen, for their exhibition “Beauty” at the Vienna MAK (Museum of Applied Arts).

“‘Made in Austria’ is much more than a label.”

To expand on Backhausen’s versatility and its diverse project collection, its textiles are featured on the big screen set designs and decoration. Its influential film portfolio includes the 24th film in the James Bond series, James Bond 007: Spectre (2015) and The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014) by Wes Anderson, a four-times Oscar winning film, one of which was for set design.

‘Made in Austria’ is much more than a label: it represents a passion for art, heritage, tradition, craftsmanship, design and quality. Backhausen’s well-crafted Austrian-made fabrics enhance and inspire with timeless beauty, versatility and durability.

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Hotel market in Austria to expand by 12,000 rooms

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Hotel market in Austria to expand by 12,000 rooms

Could Austria be the new hospitality hotspot in Europe? The Latest findings by TOPHOTELCONSTRUCTION could suggest so…

With more than 12,000 rooms due to be added to Austria’s hotel market in the coming years, according to TOPHOTELCONSTRUCTION, the Alpine nation of Austria is adapting to growing demand.

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According to the online database, 90 hotel projects are currently in the development pipeline in Austria, 62 per cent of which will open as either ‘first class’ or ‘luxury’ properties.

For 2020 specifically, the region is expected to welcome 29 hotels, which will add a further 4,125 rooms to the Austrian hospitality scene, which compared to 21 openings in 2021 and just nine openings in 2022, suggests that the next 12 months will see the market peak in Austria with a flurry of new design-led hotels entering the market place.

Austria’s capital, Vienna, will be the backdrop of 27 of these openings, adding 5, 488 new rooms in the city. This follows the demand for more urban, midscale four-star developments in Vienna, as the tourism board recorded an increase of almost 12 per cent in room revenue between the months of January to November.

Brands jumping on the hotel development bandwagon in Austria include Hilton, Accor, Six Senses and Radisson Red.

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Six Senses plans to develop resort and spa in Kitzbuhel, Austrian Alps

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Six Senses Hotels Resorts Spas is set to add yet another extraordinary destination to its portfolio of properties in some of the world’s most beautiful and inspiring locations.

Set in the breathtakingly picturesque Austrian Alps, Six Senses Kitzbuhel Alps showcases its stunning environment through all seasons: from winter’s snow covered terrain with high-end ski activities, to spectacular summers when the landscape is vibrant with nature’s verdant palette of colours.

Six Senses Kitzbuhel Alps will feature 80 guest accommodations, include 50 residences, plus a small village of chalets available for private sale. It is being developed by Kitzbuheler Alps Projekt, with architects for the hotel/residences and chalets IAW – International Architecture Workshop, Turin, Dusseldorf, Moscow and hotel interior design consultants Martin Brudnizki Design Studio and Six Senses Spa Kitzbuhel Alps by Six Senses Creative. Project management and landscape design is being carried out by AECOM who also overseas sustainability aiming at LEED certification, with emphasis on the latest energy technology such as solar or heat exchange.

Six Senses plans to develop resort and spa in Kitzbuhel, Austrian AlpsThe overall design concept of Six Senses Kitzbuhel Alps could best be described as a modern interpretation of traditional Austrian design. Warm natural finishes incorporate wood and stone with the introduction of rough-hewn exposed timber beams in public areas. Glorious swaths of natural light wed the seasons to the interiors and the restrained use of art and craft features subtly define the setting.

Dining at Six Senses Kitzbuhel Alps will focus on seasonality with a restaurant focusing on local dishes with ingredients supplied from nearby organic farms. An all-day venue features a delicatessen and international fare. This venue is also located near the resort’s meeting and special events facilities that offer a direct link to vehicular parking. The lobby bar will feature innovative beverage services and offer alfresco seating in the warmer seasons. The spa cafe will also offer outside dining plus an indoor dining room with fireplace.


Jaz to open a hotel in Vienna

Music concept brand Jaz makes plans for Vienna property

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The news that a Jaz in the City is set to open at the very heart of historic Vienna in 2020 means that the Austrian capital will soon boast a further hotel.

This will make Vienna the first foreign location at which all three Deutsche Hospitality brands are represented. The Steigenberger Hotel Herrenhof and the IntercityHotel Vienna are already firmly established in A1 central positions.

The newly planned hotel is being developed at Windmühlengasse 28 in Vienna’s Sixth District, only 100 metres from the large pedestrianised shopping area at Mariahilfer Straße and 200 metres away from the “Naschmarkt”, the city’s most famous food market.

This is a quarter of Vienna that enjoys considerable popularity thanks to its host of tourist attractions, museums, restaurants and shops.

The Jaz Vienna will offer 167 rooms including two suites. There will also be a restaurant complete with a bar, a small conference area and a health and beauty spa facility. Deutsche Hospitality will operate the hotel under a management agreement. The developer is Immovate Holding GmbH.

Relais & Chateuax

Relais & Châteaux announces three new members

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Relais & Châteaux is established around the globe, from the Napa Valley vineyards and French Provence to the beaches of the Indian Ocean.

Its ambition is to be much more than an association – to champion the principle of sharing the arts of gracious living and culinary expertise, and preserving local culture and diversity. It is this spirit – the celebration of both L‘Art de Vivre and joie de vivre – that lies at the centre of Relais & Châteaux that separates it from the rest.

From the United States, Colombia, France, Denmark, Switzerland, Netherlands, Italy, Greece, Spain, China, Japan and New Zealand, these are the latest establishments to carry Relais & Châteaux’s indistinguishable golden fleur de lys serve as the living embodiment of their locale and its history, environment and culture; respect the people who participate in the life and culture of their region; share a passion that endures from the head of the establishment through to the Maîtres de Maison and staff; and are committed to building on the legacy of hospitality and cuisine.


Zanzibar White Sand Luxury, Zanzibar (Tanzania)
Located on Zanzibar’s Eastern coast, Zanzibar White Sand Luxury Villas & Spa is spread over four hectares of tropical gardens and 200 meters of beachfront on Paje beach. The property was designed in a spirit of sustainability. The architecture was designed to be unobtrusive to the flora and fauna; the hotel is powered by wind and solar energy thanks to solar panels and a wind turbine, recycles and grows organic fruits and vegetables onsite. The restaurant serves a cuisine which blends local Zanzibari inspired dishes with international accents and flavours. The spa is set in a tropical garden and offers a variety of treatments and massages. Numerous activities are available onsite, including snorkelling, fishing, cycling, tours and excursions. The property has its own water sports centre.



Gabriel Kreuther, New York (United States)
Owners: Gabriel Kreuther and Eben Dorros
Chef: Gabriel Kreuther

Located near Bryant Park, Gabriel Kreuther is the newly opened eponymous restaurant of Chef Gabriel Kreuther. The interior design blends tradition and modernity, featuring cream leather seating, timber columns and a glass-walled display kitchen. The menu reflects Kreuther’s culinary journey, from his childhood in Alsace to his experiences in first-class New York restaurants. Signature dishes include foie gras terrine with black truffle praline, cardamom-roasted Alaskan king crab, and a tableside-torched crème brulée frappée. Wine pairings are selected from the 42-page wine list.



The Ring, Vienna (Austria)
Maître de Maison: Eugenio Rigo

The Ring is situated right in the centre of the historic Viennese Ringstraße Boulevard, 200 metres from the Opera. The 19th century façade as well as historic details, such as the listed elevator, stuccoed walls and old tiling are combined with a more contemporary interior design. The rooms likewise mix contemporary and classic furniture. The spa is located on the 7th floor and offers panoramic views over Vienna’s rooftop. The Eight Restaurant, serves aroma cuisine, featuring a variety of spices and sauces, fresh herbs and ingredients.


SEVERIN*S - The Alpine Retreat

Experience awe-inspiring art in the Arlberg at Severin*s

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Severin*s – The Alpine Retreat, Lech’s hot new luxury chalet hotel, is delighted to reveal an extraordinary living art collection in partnership with Vienna based Contemporary Art Advisors.

In addition to its nine sumptuous suites, four-bedroom private residence, cuisine by Michelin starred chef Stephan Kriegelstein, phenomenal mountain views and beautiful interiors, guests to Severin*s – The Alpine Retreat are also able to experience a world-class art collection, which adorns the hotel’s walls.

SEVERIN*S - The Alpine Retreat

Contemporary Art Advisors, led by experts Valentin Kenndler and Thomas Lugmair, has curated a collection of 80 cutting-edge works of art that give the rustic Alpine interiors a modern edge. Walls made of wood reclaimed from the Tyrolian region play host to original pieces by internationally acclaimed artists including Julian Opie, Jim Dine and Roy Lichtenstein, which have been mixed with emerging artists from Austria, Germany and Italy. Prices range from 2,500 to 150,000 euros with all art available for guests to buy and refreshed on an annual basis by Contemporary Art Advisors.

SEVERIN*S - The Alpine Retreat

Highlights of the collection include Roy Lichtenstein’s ‘Sweet Dreams Baby’, a limited edition signed print from 1965, valued at 150,000 euros and best admired over an après ski cocktail in the hotel’s Alpine inspired bar. Severin*s – The Alpine Retreat also boasts an original 1973 Lichtenstein from the ‘Bulls Head Series’ valued at 58,000 euros and a signed and numbered 1969 ‘Haystack’ for 16,000 euros. A modern Markus Huemer master-piece commands attention in the lounge, whilst suites and public space have also benefited from contemporary art touches throughout.

SEVERIN*S – The Alpine Retreat celebrates launch
As well as bringing internationally acclaimed art to the Alps, Severin*s – The Alpine Retreat has introduced a new level of style and luxury to Lech with its nine super-suites, fine dining restaurant by Michelin-starred chef Stephan Kriegelstein, an Alpine inspired bar, wine cellar, indoor swimming pool with sauna, steam and infra-red cabins, a spa suite, as well as a four-bedroom private residence within the chalet, which comes complete with a home cinema, kitchen, lounge with a grand piano, office and outdoor hot-tub.


SEVERIN*S - The Alpine Retreat

SEVERIN*S – The Alpine Retreat celebrates launch

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The highly anticipated SEVERIN*S – The Alpine Retreat is stepping into 2017 in style, following its official opening on 22 December.

Bringing a new level of luxury to Lech, SEVERIN*S – The Alpine Retreat is delighted to have begun welcoming guests to enjoy this extraordinary luxury chalet hotel, which offers nine sumptuous suites, a fine dining restaurant and Alpine inspired bar, wine cellar, swimming pool, spa, state of the art gym, as well as a four-bedroom private residence with a home cinema, office and hot-tub.

SEVERIN*S – The Alpine Retreat celebrates launch

Clad in reclaimed Tyrolian wood with a stone facade and featuring an eye-catching copper roof, SEVERIN*S – The Alpine Retreat blends effortlessly into Lech’s beautiful landscape, with special care placed on the use of traditional building materials.

Inside, exceptional interiors await where Alpine charm has been combined with contemporary touches to provide every modern comfort in stylish surrounds. Guests can expect furnishings by Italian studio Minotti, cosy fireplaces at every turn, walls adorned with modern works of art curated by Vienna’s Contemporary Art Advisors and state of the art technology.

SEVERIN*S – The Alpine Retreat’s nine stylish suites provide spacious bedrooms and separate living areas with private terraces boasting sweeping views over the mountains. Three of the nine suites can be adapted to accommodate families but those looking for added space and privacy those can enjoy the delights of the four-bedroom private residence spanning two floors and complete with home cinema, free-standing bath tub in the master suite, private kitchen and bar, outdoor hot-tub and office.

In November 2016, the Gustav Zech Foundation signed the contract to take over what was then called the Blumen Haus hotel development, through the acquisition of shares in the Blumenberg Anstalt.


Sheraton Salzburg

Sheraton Grand debuts in Austria with revamped Sheraton Salzburg

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Sheraton Hotels & Resorts has announced the designation of Sheraton Salzburg Hotel as a Sheraton Grand, welcoming it to the brand’s premier tier of hotels recognised for their enticing destinations, distinguished designs, and excellence in service and guest experiences.

Having just completed a comprehensive, five year top-to-bottom renovation, the Sheraton Grand Salzburg joins a portfolio of 34 other Sheraton Grand properties worldwide, with destinations ranging from Istanbul and Dubai, to Beijing and beyond. Sheraton Grand is one of many initiatives currently underway as part of Starwood’s comprehensive plan to solidify Sheraton as a leading global hotel brand of choice, everywhere.

“As Starwood’s largest and most global brand, we remain focused on our work to keep Sheraton in the spotlight through the continued growth and halo effect of Sheraton Grand,” said Michael Wale, President, Starwood Hotels & Resorts, Europe, Africa and Middle East. “With a refreshed and enhanced aesthetic thanks to its 10 million euro renovation, Sheraton Grand Salzburg is a best-in-class example of the brand’s new elevated approach to design, making it an ideal candidate for the brand’s premier tier.”

The refreshed Sheraton Grand Salzburg combines contemporary touches with traditional Salzburg design. The hotel has added 29 new rooms and suites, and carefully restored the entire sixth floor with tech-enhanced furnishings and premium materials, such as oiled oak floors and bespoke wooden furniture from Tyrol.

The minimalistic design concept of the rooms is harmoniously complemented by small details, such as the selection of black and white pictures depicting historical Salzburg scenes. The Sheraton Grand Salzburg also boasts an elevated dining experience with the addition of a show kitchen to the Mirabell Restaurant, providing guests a first-hand insight into culinary creations.

Bramble Ski expands into Kitzbühel, grows St Anton portfolio

Bramble Ski expands into Kitzbühel, grows St Anton portfolio

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Luxury chalet operator Bramble Ski is delighted to introduce two new ultra-exclusive chalets for the 2016/17 ski season. Chalet Weiss Spa sees Bramble Ski’s first foray into the picturesque resort of Kitzbühel, Austria, while Chalet Tschöder grows the operator’s elite offering in St Anton to nine properties.

The Bramble Ski chalets both sleep 14 people in seven bedrooms and between them boast exceptional facilities including a spa, sauna, hammam, gym, cinema room, indoor pool, outdoor hot tub and more.

Chalet Weiss Spa, Kitzbühel, Austria
Beautifully put together, the bottom two floors are dedicated to spa and wellness, with one of the highlights being the 15m indoor swimming pool. The lower ground floor houses the pool, a sauna, hammam and massage room. The floor below has a well-equipped gym with cross trainer, running machine, power plates and yoga space.

The master bedroom is a work of art with an open fireplace, dressing room, en-suite bathroom with a whirlpool bath tub and separate shower. It has direct access to the chalet‘s spacious south-facing terrace.

Chalet Tschöder, St Anton, Austria
Spread over four floors, the chalet offers a spacious drawing room with open fire place, a bar where guests can enjoy a pre-dinner glass of Champagne, a main living and dining area, a large terrace which can be arranged to create a sitting and dining area and affords spectacular views of skiers skiing home, one bunk room and six en-suite bedrooms including a master suite that is located in the eaves of the chalet and has its own floor.

Blumen Haus Lech

Blumen Haus Lech, Austria to open in December

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Blumen Haus Lech will soon offer the ultimate Alpine retreat in the Austrian mountains, when this extraordinary nine suite hotel launches on 1 December 2016.

Blumen Haus Lech is British businessman Andrew Flowers’ first foray into the hospitality world and will redefine the luxury landscape in Lech, raising the bar for boutique hotels in Austria and beyond.

Blumenhaus Lech lounge

Commanding an outstanding position in the heart of one of the world’s premier ski destinations, Blumen Haus Lech will surpass all expectations with its nine super-suites, fine dining restaurant, indoor infinity pool, high-altitude hypoxic chamber, contemporary works of art and official partnership with high-end ski brand, Indigo.

Effortlessly blending the best of the old with the new, Blumen Haus Lech has been thoughtfully designed by Reinhard Strasser to combine tradition with exceptional style, comfort and state of the art technology.

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Clad with reclaimed wood from the Tyrolian region and with a copper roof according to Alpine tradition, this is a hotel that pays respect to its history, yet understands its guest’s desire for unsurpassed modern luxuries.

The sumptuous bedrooms, living spaces and wet-room style bathrooms will feature the finest furnishings from Italian studio Minotti; luxurious Egyptian cotton bed linen and intuitive touches include state of the art fireplaces, Loewe TVs with access to NetFlix, Revox sound-systems and iPad wall activations to control everything from the lighting to air conditioning or heating. To disconnect, guests can step out onto a private balcony and terrace for stunning mountain views.

Marmotta Suite - Bumen Haus Lech

Blumen Haus Lech is an Alpine retreat for year round enjoyment. The destination is best known for its phenomenal skiing and is soon to be Austria’s largest interconnected ski area, owing to new lift connections. Yet it is also a beautiful destination to visit in the summer for hiking, painting, high altitude training or simply savouring its pastures and peaks at their uncrowded best. Blumen Haus Lech provides an idyllic base from which to explore the beauty of Lech, all year round.