- Hans Weber
- December 1, 2023
Renovations Underway for Czech President’s Residence, Lumbeho Villa, Including IKEA Furniture and Design Touches
The Lumbeho Villa, historically chosen as the residence for Czech Presidents, is currently undergoing renovations, projected to cost up to 2.2 million Czech koruna (CZK). President Petr Pavel and his wife Eva are contributing to the transformation, which includes new furniture, some even sourced from the well-known furniture retailer IKEA. The overhaul is aimed at brightening up the villa’s interiors.
The refurbishment efforts include repainting and refurbishing windows and doors, addressing moisture issues, and repainting walls. The maintenance is being carried out by Emtandem, a company known for its high-quality work in the upkeep of cultural monuments.
While IKEA furniture has been chosen for the villa, custom-made furniture has been commissioned where needed. The kitchen unit from IKEA costs 173,000 CZK, with additional minor furniture purchases totaling 63,000 CZK. A sofa from the Slovak company Phase Retail CZ Four, s.r.o., was acquired for 87,000 CZK, and new carpets, including installation, amount to 159,000 CZK. Textiles for the rooms, as well as their transportation, cost 224,000 CZK, and were supplied by interior designer Světlana Adltová from Plzeň.
The Lumbeho Villa has seen various occupants over the years. It was first chosen as a residence by Václav Klaus in 2004, and underwent essential construction and security improvements at that time. Since 2013, the villa has been utilized by Miloš Zeman’s wife, Ivana, as Zeman spent most of his time at Láne Castle.
As the Lumbeho Villa undergoes its refurbishments, another Czech presidential residence, Láne Castle, is also set for changes. Láne Castle is expected to require standard repairs, including historical furniture refurbishment, wallpaper replacement, upholstery work, painting, and floor sanding.
The careful attention to the renovation process highlights the importance of maintaining historical and presidential residences while also ensuring that the interiors reflect the preferences and tastes of the current occupants.
Article by Prague Forum