Café Grand Orient
Established in 1911, this lovely café is located in on the first floor of the House of the Black Madonna.
This building symbolizes the unique Czech contribution to the cubist movement not only in architecture but in furniture, pottery and glass.
The House of the Black Madonna was created by the renowned architect Josef Gočár when he was only 31 years old.
The café within the house remained open for a mere ten years or so but closed in the 1920’s when cubism fell out of fashion. You may recognize the iconic lightbulb staircase…
Happily this state of affairs has changed and one finds cafés in Secession, Art Deco and Art Nouveau style all over the world.
The Grand Café Orient, the ancestor of all of them, remains the most significant and elegant.
The cubist aspects of the house are displayed not only by its frontage and floorplan but in the internal furnishings in the café as well. These include a beautiful cubist buffet-bar and other furnishings and elegant lights and lanterns all designed by Josef Gočár.
It’s nice to visit and enjoy the atmosphere, beauty and elegance of this café, but we just love their desserts!
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