I lived in Vienna for a time as a teenager, and to this day I find the Austrian capital a magical destination. It has such a rich history of art and design, including some of the most beautiful architecture in Europe. I go back every few years and on a recent visit I met up with Condé Nast Traveler’s Zoe Wolff to show her the places that influence the AERIN collection.
Liechtenstein City Palace
With its chalky white stucco ceilings and Rococo Revival interiors, Liechtenstein City Palace is a beautiful building to visit. I adore the ballroom’s ornate candelabras and intricate floral gilding, which helped inspire the AERIN collection’s porcelain and gold flowers. Owned by the Princely House of Liechtenstein, the palace is open to the public by guided tour only.
Inspired: Peonies and Gardenia
The Secession Building
So many of our designs are influenced by the shimmering paintings of Gustav Klimt. His work can be seen throughout Vienna, including the Secession Building, which includes Klimt’s Beethoven Frieze (a 112-foot-wide mural). The building’s façade is an iconic symbol of Viennese Art Nouveau, with golden garlands and a dome of gilded Laurel leaves.
Inspired: Textured Gold Vase
Perhaps the most famous confectioner in Europe, Demel felt like a dream when I first visited with my parents. One-time purveyors to the Habsburg court, the patisserie is brimming with succulent tortes and candies in charming packaging. Seeing sweets displayed in such a grand way is probably where I picked up my love for candy dishes!
Inspired: Moritz Nut Bowl and Gold-Dipped Geo Bowls
I always think of my grandmother when I step into this restaurant at the legendary Hotel Sacher. The dining room is an elegant sea of damasks and velvets in deep Bordeaux red. It reminds me how Estée would repeat the same fabric throughout a space at home (not to mention red was her favorite color). It’s also the best place in town to sample Vienna’s most decadent chocolate cake, the Sacher torte.
Inspired: Ellis Mirror
Photography by Matthieu Salvaing, courtesty of Conde Nast Traveler