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creators of 

 
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Bergdorf is a multidisciplinary

company working in the fields of 

interior design, hospitality, journalism and publishing.

In addition to its own projects, Bergdorf is happy to work on commission.​

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Bergdorf is owned and managed by writer and journalist Mirko

Beetschen

and hotelier and interior designer Stéphane Houlmann. 

 
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Mirko Beetschen

Mirko Beetschen grew up on Lake Thun, Switzerland. He studied English and American Literature as well as Journalism at the University of Bern, living in the US and in London briefly. He worked for a design and architecture magazine in Zurich for five years before going freelance and, in 2007, became part of the Bergdorf company.

 

Mirko Beetschen lives in Bern and Interlaken and also follows the career of a writer.

Stéphane

Houlmann

Stéphane Houlmann grew up in the city of Bern and attended Hotel Management School in Lucerne. He started his own business in 1997, today's Bergdorf company.

 

Stéphane Houlmann lives in Bern and Interlaken, managing the boutique B&B Maison Bergdorf, among other things.

 
 

press & awards

  • HOSPITALITY

    Where to Bed Down

    Condé Nast traveller about Maison Bergdorf: «Maison Bergdorf is not only a warm and imaginative space, it’s also part of the growing trend for hybrid offerings - residences that double as galleries and allow guests to shop their look.»

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    SEPTEMBER 2020

  • HOSPITALITY

    Hotels with a Heart

    Swiss magazine «SI Style» puts Maison Bergdorf in excellent company as one of the go to places in​ Switzerland in 2020.

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    JULY/AUGUST 2020

  • PUBLISHING

    Literary Award for «Bel Veder»

    Mirko Beetschen is awarded with the literary prize of Bern's Office of Culture 2019. – «With ‹Bel Veder›, author Mirko Beetschen successfully creates a visually stunning and thrilling Gothic Novel, in which he playfully messes with the reader's expectations. The setting is an old grand hotel in the Swiss Alps in the autumn of 1946.»

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    MAY 2019

  • INTERIOR DESIGN

    Design Heaven

    «Das Ideale Heim», Switzerland’s oldest interior magazine, felt very much at home at Maison Bergdorf.

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    JULY/AUGUST 2019

  • PUBLISHING

    Dive in

    «Schöner Wohnen» about our Insider Guide Bern: «Their selection represents what they stand for themselves: quality, nonchalance and taste.»

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    SEPTEMBER 2019

  • INTERIOR DESIGN

    Slow Renovation

    Great article about our Maison Bergdorf and how we go about renovating historic buildings.

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    JUNE 2016

  • PUBLISHING

    Nightmare Hotel

    From the «Berner Zeitung» review: «Mirko Beetschen builds up the tension very skilfully and weaves in new, surprising plotlines (…). And of course the story is so gripping and creepy that you can hardly put the book down.»

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    OCTOBER 2018

  • HOSPITALITY

    Best for Rest

    «Monocle» magazine recommends Maison Bergdorf.

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    MAY 2018

  • PUBLISHING

    Zeitgeist

    NZZ review about our Insider guide: «The rest of Switzerland likes to scoff about Bern’s proverbial slowness and that things don’t move here. In their well written and beautifully illustrated guide, Mirko Beetschen and Stéphane Houlmann prove that this prejudice definitely doesn’t apply to the local culture and gastronomy scene.»

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    JUNE 2019

  • PUBLISHING

    A Beautiful Book

    «NZZ am Sonntag» likes our book «Wohnort Zürich»: «A delight are the big, page-filling photographies of new institutions and parts of town, which one is tempted to revisit after.»

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    DECEMBER 2017

  • PUBLISHING

    No Bedtime Story

    From the review in «Der Bund»: «(…) Mirko Beetschen proves to be a talented narrator who knows how to capture moods accurately and make atmospheres come alive almost physically in his dense language.»

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    OCTOBER 2018

  • INTERIOR DESIGN

    Mountain High

    Our chalet in Interlaken met with international resonance and was published in countless blogs, magazines and books. One of the first to pick up the story was the British «Elle Decoration».

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    DECEMBER 2013

  • HOSPITALITY

    Northwind

    «Umbauen & Renovieren» has visited our apartments in Bern’s Mattenhof neighbourhood.

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    JANUARY 2017

  • INTERIOR DESIGN

    Double Award

    Our transformation of an old town apartment building in Bern was awarded with the Dr. Jost Hartmann Prize, once for excellent conversion (architects Andreas von Almen and Andreas Mäschi) and once for excellent new use of a historic building.

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    NOVEMBER 2008

  • PR/COMMUNICATION

    Le Corbusier's Swan Song

    «Ideat China» publishes the Bergdorf-produced story of the Centre Le Corbusier in Zurich, for which we did the PR for several years.

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    OCTOBER 2017

 

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