The hotel, with 102 rooms and suites is like no other. It could actually be more accurately described as an extravagant play house for some of the most renowned glass designers in Sweden today. Comfortable accommodation that also offers sumptuous food and drink, in surroundings significantly different to your ‘average’ designer hotel. The route to Kosta is bordered by mile upon mile of thick spruce and pine forests.
“The basic idea was to create good accommodation for affluent glass lovers,” says Mia Eskengren.“Up until now, there hasn’t been anywhere that the serious glasslover could stay overnight. Instead, they had to travel here for the day, maybe flying to Kalmar, and then travelling home again the same evening. However, we now have a nice hotel in the middle of the forest which has become an attraction in itself for anyone who wants to experience something different.”
Integrity and collaboration
Seven glass designers have contributed to the design of the hotel. Not least Sweden’s newest glass stars, Åsa Jungnelius and Ludvig Löfgren, who, like the other contributing glass designers, have added a personal touch to both a number of hotel rooms and to the communal hotel areas. Ludvig Löfgren’s lounge is pure white, so that his black and white skull lamps can be seen clearly against the round glass tabletops, which are bright violet and turquoise. His hotel room has a backdrop of hand-painted roses. Rows of Åsa Jungnelius’ hyperrealistic, oversized glass lipsticks and nail varnish bottles are logically placed in the hotel spa, as well as in the hotel rooms whose design she has contributed to. Cosmetic apricot-pink paint runs down the wall, all the way from the ceiling.
By SANNI MORTENSEN (Kinnarps Magazine)