Main living room (2nd floor), installation of authentic restored bookcase made of Makassar ebony, 2012, photograph: David Židlický
WOODEN ELEMENTS AND FURNITURE
In the living room (2nd floor), the restorers reinstalled the authentic bookcase veneered in Makassar ebony including replica shelves as only one shelf has been preserved.
Internal fittings (shelves, drawers) were installed in the authentic built-in wardrobes in the master’s and lady’s bedroom (3rd floor).
The restorers completed the installation of the replicas of built-in wooden elements on the 1st and 2nd floors. Free-standing and seating furniture was moved in.
All oriental carpets were laid on the bedroom floor (3rd floor) and the main living floor (2nd floor); a deep-pile sheep wool carpet was laid in the lady’s room and a hand woven carpet made of natural light wool was placed in front of the onyx partition wall in the main living room. At the same time, drapery made of Shantung silk and velvet was fitted.
The restorers treated and polished the column cladding in the entrance hall (3rd floor) and in the living room (2nd floor). They also carefully cleaned the onyx wall.
Restored lighting fixtures by Paul Henningsen were fitted in the living room (2nd floor).
In the moth chamber on the technical floor (1st floor), the restorers cleaned all preserved authentic white earthenware wall and floor tiles that have been fully preserved here.
Felt sealing was fitted in all steel doors in the building.
The authentic and newly applied smoothened screed on the technical floor (1st floor) and in the garage (3rd floor) was treated by the restorers with a protective wax-based coating. The smoothened cement surface of the pipe thermal insulation was treated with an oil coating.
On the technical floor (1st floor), newly installed sanitary facilities for visitors were completed. At the same time, structures to be used for the exhibition dedicated to the Tugendhat Villa including the bookshop furnishing were completed.
The spaces on the 2nd and 3rd floors in the personnel wing that will be used for the operation of the villa (ticket office, guides, villa management, Study and Documentation Centre, control room) were equipped with period functioning furniture.
On 24th January 2012, the scheduled handover took place. All building work including interiors was completed on schedule.