Alice and Wonderland motif accompanies the whole concept of Quadrille, from the name itself, which refers to the quadrille danced by the novel’s characters, through the White Rabbit Restaurant referring to Alice’s guide in the fantasy world, to 10/6 Pub – the name derived from the Mad Hatter’s Day.
The entrance hall is decorated by a black-and-white floor as a reference to the game of chess played by the main characters of the novel, and the interior design of the Palace creates a fairy-tale illusion. In addition, one of the suites was inspired by a film adaptation of the novel created by Tim Burton.
Vigilant guests will notice many other fairy-tale accents in the object, however this does not mean that this place is dedicated to children. The object was created mainly for adults with high self-awareness, interested in discovering the world and with good knowledge of culture and art.
Design lovers will find a number of stylish elements in the Palace which were created by world-known designers. Materials used for the interiors were ordered from the most reputable suppliers and manufacturers, in particular the wallpapers were chosen from the French “Elitis” or British “Cole & Sons” brands, the latter supplying a range of goods to the Buckingham Palace or the White House. The furniture was purchased from a Danish “Frits&Hansen” manufacturer or from one of the oldest Polish producers – “Paged” company.
The lamps and light installations are comprised of a gallery of international brands, such as Italian “Artemide”, “Karman” and “Modoluce”, Danish “VITA Copenhagen”, Dutch “Zuiver”, or
“Areti” coming from London. Each of the twelve exclusive palace suites delight with a different design and a one-of-a-kind concept. The diversity is also reflected in their names, which refer to the world-renowned literary masters and to the character of their works. The suites treasure such pearls of design as the Portuguese “Azulejos” tiles, handmade and covered with multicolour glazing. Real enthusiasts of interior design will also notice many design accents and icons. Classical style of the Palace was preserved in many places which made it possible to create an inspiring combination of historic and modern elements.
History of the Palace
For four centuries, the Palace’s floors were walked by the Brauchitsch family, the Starost of the Gdańsk District, the senator of the Free City of Gdańsk, as well as by cavalry of General Józef Haller.
In the 1930s, the Palace became the property of the Society of Secondary and Higher School Teachers in Warsaw. After World War II, for over a half of a century the building served as a high school and later was used as the main seat of the Gdynia Film School. At the beginning of the new millennium, with great respect to its long and eventful history, we restored the Palace and the Park, opening the latter for local residents. Through many years of its existence, the Palace witnessed a few owners, users, however the inscription “Semper Idem” (“Always the same”) placed over the main entrance seems to remain up-to-date.
Park and the surrounding area
`I’ve been in many gardens before, but none of the flowers could talk.’
`Put your hand down, and feel the ground,’ said the Tiger-lily.
`Then you’ll know why.’ Alice did so.
`It’s very hard,’ she said, `but I don’t see what that has to do with it.’
`In most gardens,’ the Tiger-lily said, `they make the beds too soft
— so that the flowers are always asleep.’
Lewis Carroll “Through the Looking Glass”