Funky Friday: Your Luggage Never Looked Better Than At The Nordic Light Hotel
Welcome to Funky Friday, a new segment we’re trying out which features one photo that we think singularly expresses a hotel’s inner psyche. We look for, and often find, a lot of wacky, wild and wondrous designs that seem to have one thing in common: a Type A personality. So why not have a bit of fun as we all wrap up our week by taking a quick look at some hotels that quite frankly, want our attention.
We would have to agree that the most studied, re-purposed, and re-designed space within the modern day hotel is the lobby. It’s all about social interaction, whether it be real or virtual. Typically, it is both. We need a comfortable place to relax, work, or have an informal meeting. Oh, and we want to feel welcome and unpressured. The last thing that a hotel lobby should be today, as it has been in the past, is a busy transfer station for arriving guests and their luggage.
For this week’s Funky Friday, we are featuring a hotel lobby that was intentionally designed around the concept of luggage. At the Nordic Light Hotel in Stockholm, it’s done ever so playfully and in a modern design context, so we’re going to run with it.
The concept behind the Nordic Light Hotel starts with the sobering fact that Sweden gets only about 6 hours of daylight during the winter months. Black and white, as in the darkness and the light, form the backdrop for the hotel’s interior design, from which creative lighting patterns, custom fixtures, and colors inspired by the rising sun give the hotel a year round glow. The colors and intensities can be varied to create different moods at different times of the day and year.
Performance art like this was created by architect Rolf Löfvenberg, lighting architect Kai Piippo, and interior designers Lars Pihl and Jan Söder. We imagine the team had some fun creating this lobby, with its suspended suitcase lighting, flight arrival/departure board, and the modular seating that resembles baggage claim equipment. We’re presuming in this case it is not revolving, though that might be useful for speed dating.
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[Photo: Design Hotels]