Traveling to me is a creative experience—merely the extension of an artistic life wherein I never look at things as set formulas, but as possible outcomes of creative combinations. My travel life is like a recipe book in which I have all the ingredients laid out, as anyone else does, but every page is my own work. I’ve never been one to accept the passive travel experience with locked itineraries, buses at absurd hours of morning and night, a total excess of activity planned by remote experts in the name of having seen something, such as the trophies of game hunters once collected on safaris.
Sometimes I travel to a specific country just to visit one palace or special building, because that building alone is worth two weeks of my time in historical and cultural interest. It’s quite likely that the building is so expressive of the culture when it comes, were I never to see the rest of the country in which it sets again, I would probably have a refined sense of that country ethos by way of this one building, alone.
Architecture (and the allied applied arts, such as interior and furniture design), landscape architecture / garden design (with special reference to notable estate gardens of Europe and the United States); History of Architecture and Arts; European history (with emphasis on Central Europe and the former Habsburg Empire, 1271-1918)
Central and Western Europe – Specifically the former Habsburg / Austro-Hungarian Empire with focal points in Vienna, Prague, and Budapest (former capitals of the empire), stretching to all of Austria beyond, Northern Italy, Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Hungary, Slovakia, Western Ukraine, Southern Poland (Cracow), Czech Republic, and. Mr. Pfeifle lived in Vienna for one year while a Fulbright Fellow at the University of Vienna and, before that, one summer in the Western Austrian city of Bludenz.
California – Mr. Pfeifle is a fifth generation native of California, from Northern California, residing in Hollywood. He continue to travel regularly to Vienna.
View of an Austrian village from train, photo by Felix Pfeifle, 2017
View of Graz, Austria, photo by Felix Pfeifle, 2017
View from the house of a friend of Felix Pfeifle, Frauenberg, State of Styria, Austria, photo by Felix Pfeifle, 2018
Felix Pfeifle, Reichenau an der Rax, Austria, 2008
Felix Pfeifle in the Great Gallery of Schoenbrunn Palace, summer residence of the Habsburgs and the primary childhood residence of Archduke Otto of Austria-Hungary, 1916-1918 (the Habsburg Empire collapsed in 1918 and the Habsburgs were forced from the palace and into exile)
Felix Pfeifle at Schoenbrunn Palace, Summer Residence of the Habsburgs and primary childhood residence of Archduke Otto of Austria-Hungary, 1916-1918 (the Habsburg Empire collapsed in 1918 and the Habsburgs were forced from the palace and into exile)
Outside the house of Mr. Pfeifle’s friends, the Holters, Griesskirchen, Austria, Christmas Day, 1992
Prague: On the Moldau River with Prague Castle behind, 1992
Felix Pfeifle in the Founders’ Gallery of Admont Abbey
At Royaumont Abbey, XIIth century abbey built by Saint Louis (King Louis XII of France), now belonging to the Gouin family (Mme Marie-Christine Daudy, center, and Francoise, marquise de Lastic-Saint Jal, right), situated NW of Paris, 2008
Felix Pfeifle, in the garden of Royaumont Palace, situated NW of Paris and adjacent to Royaumont Abbey, childhood residence of Mr. Pfeifle’s friends, the Propper de Callejons; the palace now belongs to their cousin, Baron Elie de Rothschild, 2008
Felix Pfeifle, self portrait, Munich Airport, 2017
Felix Pfeifle, self portrait, Museum of the Bavarian Kings, Hohenschwangau, Germany, 2017
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About FELIX PFEIFLE
Based in Los Angeles, Felix Pfeifle founded his own interdisciplinary design firm, Office of Cultural Design, in 2005. His experience spans from residential gardens to comprehensive architectural renovations for hospitality. He holds a Masters in Interior Architecture from Pratt Institute, 1998. In 1992 he was the recipient of a Fulbright Grant at the University of Vienna, with a focus on the early Modernist architect Adolf Loos. Pfeifle also holds a Bachelor of Arts in the Humanities (focus: Austro-Hungarian Empire) from the University of California at Berkeley, 1992. There Pfeifle competed in Thematic Interpretation speech, for which he won several awards. Over the last decade he was the principal subject of a documentary film FELIX AUSTRIA! which premiered at the Hot Docs Film Festival in Toronto, 2013. Pfeifle was art director of the film and also acted on green screen for the animated sequences in which his “Habsburg dreams” are depicted.
Pfeifle serves on the Board of Directors of the 82 year old Los Angeles Bach Festival, in charge of Donor Relations. Pfeifle is also co-founder and board Vice-President of Modern ARTillery, an organization promoting new works of opera. He is former Board President of the Greater Los Angeles Fulbright Alumni Association, having served on the board for over 10 years.
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