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Studio Margeza Apartment marries Memphis style with minimalism

by Michele Koh Morollo on Oct 3, 2017 in Interiors , Top Story
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Splashes of colour from a yellow chair and red radiator pop in the white-on-white interior

Splashes of colour from a yellow chair and red radiator pop in the white-on-white interior

Style is married with minimalism in the Studio Margeza Apartment in Budapest overlooking the Danube

Geza Hamori and Margit Szinger are passionate about the business of renovation. That's why their company, Margeza, purchases old apartments, redesigns them, and puts them back on the market.

Hamori, from Belgium, is a former librarian for the European Court of Justice, and was also a part-time contemporary art curator in Luxembourg. Szinger, from Hungary, is a biologist who earned her second degree in arts and design in Budapest. Both have retired from their former occupations, though their new one keeps them busy.

A vertical green wall, fed by an automatic irrigation system, brings a little nature into the apartment

A vertical green wall, fed by an automatic irrigation system, brings a little nature into the apartment

"In our golden years, we wanted to do something that would give us joy, while offering something useful and beautiful to others," says Szinger. "We are passionate about our work, and it is important for us to design spaces with good energy – homes that put people in a good mood."

Their latest home renovation project is a 110 sq-m, two-level apartment in the historic centre of Budapest, in which they presently live, and plan to stay, until they find the right buyer.

Glossy white steps with under-stairs storage lead to the upper level where the master bedroom is located

Glossy white steps with under-stairs storage lead to the upper level where the master bedroom is located

"Like all our apartments, we bought it and redesigned it for ourselves. Our aim was to redesign the space so it is more liveable, and build a home we would enjoy living in," says Hamori.

They probably won't have long to wait: Margeza's one-of-a-kind style properties are quick to draw investors' attention. "Our unique design, along with the excellent locations of our properties, offers buyers great returns on their investments," says Hamori. "But we do not create our homes on commission. We design each of our properties for ourselves. Once we've completed the work, we put it up for sale, but we live in the apartments first to test their functionality before a buyer comes into the picture."

The founders of Margeza – Belgian-Hungarian couple Margit Szinger and Geza Hamori

The founders of Margeza – Belgian-Hungarian couple Margit Szinger and Geza Hamori

Photography by ÁRON ERDŐHÁTI

This is an excerpt from the “Memphis Belle" article from the October 2017 issue of Perspective magazine.

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