All about our Ruby Lissi Artwork
Many people have asked us about the unique artwork at Ruby Lissi Hotel Vienna. Let us introduce you to the creators of these beautiful paintings, our friends at Format Works. We have been working together for many years and are always blown away by what ideas they come up with.
Format Works is a creative agency based in Munich. Marcus, the head of the creative crowd, originates from the Graffiti and graphic design scene but also specializes in interior design and brand building.
We started joining creative forces when designing our second hotel Ruby Marie in 2015. The striking graffitis shape the public areas with their hidden messages dealing with consumerism. The rooftop terrace is decorated by a original reinterpretation of Klimt’s popular work ‘The kiss.’ Read all the details about these artworks here.
The idea behind the Ruby Lissi artwork was to mix the young and dynamic flair from the streets of Vienna with the life and travels of empress Elisabeth, Ruby Lissi’s overall leitmotif. The big painting above the red couch at Ruby Lissi Bar stresses the interactive and uncontrollable. The painting is designed to evoke the impression that it has been hanging in the streets of Vienna for a long time. Therefore, during its creation process, the canvas was hung up in the studio and got scribbled on from time to time, always a bit more.
The portraits of emperor Franz and his wife Elisabeth in the hallway were a bigger challenge. Marcus didn’t want to ridicule or offend the emperor and the empress, two very important personalities for locals. So he decided to just mix up the old portrait style with new art forms – Photoshop meets etching meets spray can and coating.
During the creation process, Format Works and the Ruby interior team work together closely, making sure the artwork matches the overall interior concept.