The building is far from being just an Art Nouveau decor, it is novel, modern space
shaping. For example on the right side above, we can see a winter garden design.
Complete harmony, uniform conception beginning from the external facade to the doors,
from the lead-glass window to the practical covering. This proves Vidor Emil’s
systematic thinking and versatility. His thorough attention provides the perfection
of the details, and a coherent unity. The talented architects of the Art Nouveau
did alone, by themselves all that today a multitude of designers, exterior and
interior architects and decorators are doing together. In those times, all these
planning areas that are separated today, were treated like one single organism.
Hall. Designed by Emil Vidor.
The room. Designed by Emil Vidor.
"In this building, as in those years, in many other of his houses, Vidor planned
the whole set of furniture of two flats. The remaining pieces are under legal
arts and crafts protection. He drew himself the cardboards of the unique
lead-glass windows, the different column capitals and grids on every level
of the stairway, and the delicate ornamental reliefs of the ground floor."
Text: Gerle János - Lugosi Lugo László,
A szecesszió Budapesten, Magyar Könyvklub, 1999
(Secession Style in Budapest, Magyar Könyvklub, 1999)
Copyright © 2010 Magyar Szecesszió Háza Ltd. All rights reserved
In 1907 the periodical Hungarian Competition (Magyar Pályázat) presents a description
of the building in the Architectonic Chronicle section (Építőművészeti Krónika) with
the title: Mr. Bedő Béla's Honvéd Street Palace. The contemporary photos clearly show
that the designer, Emil Vidor, took good care of the building’s interior space as
well, in the spirit of Gesamtkunstwerk (all objects in the same style).
This powerful unity of the arts and crafts in 1903 was a groundbreaking event in
Hungary. The Bedő House was built only six years after the Belgian Victor Horta made
his first fully Art Nouveau house, and in the same time with the Scottish architect,
Mackintosh's famous arts house.
Even a contemporary description mentions the planned use of specially designed
murals, the richly applied stained and ground glass, and generally the special
design furnishing of the whole building.
works of art