At the turn of the 20th century, Bratislava, was transforming itself into a modern metropolis. The first trams were ringing to warn pedestrians and carriages, propeller-driven railcars were appearing, cafes and wine bars were opening up and sports clubs were coming into existence. The entire city was buzzing in the first major wave of modernization, with residents putting their faith in a better future. A series of contemporary postcards depict the city (in German as Pressburg and in Hungarian as Pozsony) with elevated railway lines stretching boldly over street corners and flying machines soaring over them in the skies. It already had the feeling of a metropolis. Today you could say that the city felt “cool”. It is this feeling that Cool Nouveau tries to convey.

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