Steeped in royal Bavarian history and set in the grounds of the world-renowned Porzellan Manufaktur Nymphenburg, The Langham Nymphenburg Residence, Munich is an exclusive private residence with direct views of the majestic 490-acre Nymphenburg Palace imperial estate. Its 19-plus rooms feature unique handcrafted artworks and interiors that are elegantly appointed.
The Nymphenburg Residence is undoubtedly a defining milestone for Hong Kong-based Langham Hospitality Group, which has more than 30 projects currently either confirmed or under development in Asia, Europe North America and the Middle East. The Group takes its name from its flagship property, the Langham in London which, having first opened its doors in 1865, is among Europe’s earliest Grand Hotel.
Porzellan Manufaktur Nymphenburg – the porcelain manufactory of the Bavarian royal family since it was founded in 1747 – is the last manufactory of its kind. Everything is made entirely by hand, using techniques that have been passed on and preserved from generation to generation. The master workshops at the Nördliches Schlossrondell in Munich produce style-defining services and artefacts, as well as bespoke interior solutions; designed by renowned artists, architects, and designers.
For over two years, the Langham Group has been meticulously restoring the 18th century Nymphenburg manor as a bespoke private residence for guests. Inhabiting a spacious 9,000 square feet, The residence features four bedrooms, seven bathrooms, three living rooms, an airy dining room, a fully-equipped kitchen, fitness centre, conference suite, home cinema and wine cellar. The private sun-dappled terrace allows guests to relax in the middle of a beautifully landscaped garden and further offers enough space to seat 100 guests, if it is desired to organise an exclusive outdoor event.
“The Langham Nymphenburg Residence, Munich exemplifies the ideal asset to expand our footprint in Europe and build the presence of our luxury brand,” says Stefan Leser, chief executive officer of Langham Hospitality Group. “The residence will provide the services and amenities of a luxury hotel stay with the personalised touches of a private home. Our guests will have ample space, privacy and exclusivity, alongside the full complement of The Langham signature services in a beautiful regal setting.”
Leser adds: “The deep-rooted passion to craftsmanship and excellence shared by Porzellan Manufaktur Nymphenburg and The Langham Hotels and Resorts will create a splendid private retreat for our guests. I truly believe this remarkable residence will play host to countless celebratory moments, and the level of personalisation will be second to none.”
Munich-based interior design firm Mang Mauritz Design has created an elevated and tasteful living experience for the residence that is complemented by the lighting design of Lichtkompetenz from Zurich. Wall fixtures in the shape of graceful flowers illuminate the staircase, and crystal chandeliers drape from the bedroom ceilings. The kitchen features a customised design by Dross & Schaffer with appliances by Gaggenau. The rooms have been thoughtfully conceived and furnished with elegantly comfortable furniture from Walter Knoll and Donghia, vivid textiles by Jim Thompson, bedlinen by Frette, plush silk carpets by Jan Kath and stylish cashmere blankets from Allude, all of which were hand-selected to match the colour palette of each room.
Befitting this palatial setting, specially curated pieces from the Nymphenburg workshop, renowned for exquisite avant-garde and tailor-made designs for four centuries, have been selected and custom-tailored specifically for the Langham residence. The Nymphenburg porcelain is not only featured in the exquisite dinnerware and tableware collection, but also in each bathroom, as well as in the decorative art pieces that are showcased in all the guestrooms, each of which highlights a distinctive design scheme.
The Ladies’ Room features soft pastels and is decorated with vintage birdcages, each housing different porcelain birds from the Nymphenburg Collection. The Gentlemen’s Room, designed in darker tones, features dogs as its primary theme, underscored by the decorative artworks. The Blue Room on the upper floor presents a beautiful dark blue backdrop complete with a painted starry sky with dazzling constellations on the sidewall. Not to be outdone, the colourful children’s bedroom showcases a lively circus theme, with wallpaper by Cole & Son and a collection of animal figurines to spark the imaginations of the younger guests. With windows overlooking the garden, this room is bathed in natural light and offers glimpses of the beautiful creations at the porcelain manufactory.
All seven bathrooms, including the two restrooms, are inspired by unique motifs that express a delightful sense of playful whimsy. In one bathroom, butterflies flutter across the walls and are featured both inside the washbasins and on the lamps, while another conjures up the ambience of an aquarium, with hand-painted goldfish swimming across the porcelain tiles. A third bathroom recreates the lush setting of a safari with a relief in pâte-sur-pâte technique. The Royal Bavarian Spa on the first floor provides a regal setting, with a traditional blue-and-white colour scheme enhanced by delicate 24-carat gold detailing hand-painted views of royal Bavarian castles such as Neuschwanstein, Hohenschwangau and Herrenchiemsee. The private wellness-room and sauna, built by Corso Saunamanufaktur, draws inspiration from the patterns of Dominikus Auliczeks’ famous Pearl tableware which was designed in 1792 and has been produced by Porzellan Manufaktur Nymphenburg to this day.
From the dining room on the ground floor, guests enjoy a direct view over the magnificent estate to Nymphenburg Palace. The dining table, which seats up to 12 guests, is framed by two sculptures by Damien Hirst and illuminated by a Lindsey Adelman chandelier of brushed gold combined with the finest Nymphenburg porcelain.
The living room on the floor above offers an even better view of the palace. It is fitted out with wall-to-wall shelves displaying a curated collection of Nymphenburg’s most impressive porcelain pieces. Not forgotten are the audiophiles who will be aurally gratified with the arresting sounds emanating from the unrivalled Sennheiser electrostatic headphone system in the room. The home cinema on the second floor, furnished with an inviting lounge, comfortable armchairs by Walter Knoll and a large screen, is perfect for private viewings. Guests may maintain their fitness regime in the gym furnished with Technogym equipment. It also includes an en-suite spa-bathroom comprising a treatment cabin.