miklos kiss renovates the house of a historic postmaster in hungary
miklos kiss renovates the house of a historic postmaster in hungary miklos kiss renovates the house of a historic postmaster in hungary
sep 25, 2015

miklos kiss renovates the house of a historic postmaster in hungary

miklos kiss renovates the house of a historic postmaster in hungary
all images courtesy of balint jaksa




miklos kiss renovated a house in hungary by creating a thematic interior design based on the life of its previous owner: the head of the mátraszentimre’s post office. to honor his life and work, the architect decided to call the place ‘the house of the postmaster’. a feeling of contemporary architecture, mixed with the style of a mountain house, encompasses the whole design.

miklos kiss house postmaster
old postcards on the wall of both rooms pay a tribute to the postmaster




the house’s interiors display an elegant simplicity accentuated with specific details, such as the staircases found in each bedroom that lead into the attic mezzanines. their handrails go from the floor to the ceiling and when they reach the top, they flow along the attic’s border, creating a cage-like structure that acts as a space divider. although they have the same function, both staircases are completely different: one is large and white, contrasting the other that is black, with a ladder-like look.

miklos kiss house postmaster
desk lamps placed on the horizontal beams are part of the witty illumination design




because the original furniture of the home didn’t survive the passing years, miklos kiss tried to recreate the atmosphere with everyday objects and accessories from the post office. the whole space was designed with this in mind and to complement the interiors, a graphic identity was conceived. most of the furniture is constituted of recycled and reused elements granted with new functions. ‘the house of the postmaster’ is a place where every detail has been taken into consideration to create a meaningful place.

miklos kiss house postmaster
different staircases have been designed to reach the mezzanine attics that each room has

miklos kiss house postmaster
the well-lit attic acts as a space to relax

miklos kiss house postmaster
the predominant green of the furniture recalls the one used by the hungarian post offices

miklos kiss house postmaster
vintage post office accessories were placed to give the atmosphere

miklos kiss house postmaster
green, red with some yellow accents predominate the living area’s color palette

miklos kiss house postmaster
a file cabinet was placed in the entrance of the apartment

miklos kiss house postmaster
the kitchen has elements that have been reused and given new meanings with colander lamps and spoon handles

miklos kiss house postmaster
the little details are the ones that add spirit to the design

miklos kiss house postmaster
the identity of the house also plays with the idea of the post office



project info:


logo design: kissmiklos

client: gágyor anna (inverg kft.)

location: 3235. mátraszentimre, szabadság utca 3.

area: 150 m2

graphic design: kissmiklos

interior design: kissmiklos

art direction: kissmiklos



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edited by: juliana neira | designboom

  • How old do you have to be to be considered a “historic postmaster”?

    evenodds says:
  • For fun, I reread the article playing real estate bingo – and won!

    Adam Brocklehurst says:

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