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The integral design element inside the Spa of the Year

730 565 Hamish Kilburn
The integral design element inside the Spa of the Year

Following Marienlyst Strandhotel recently winning Danish Beauty Award’s ‘Spa of the Year’ category, Hotel Designs dives in to explore the design elements that set this hotel spa aside from others…

In 2018 the doors opened to the 1,600 square foot, luxurious beach spa in the 150 year old Marienlyst Strandhotel. This lavish spa has recently gained recognition for its luxury facilities winning a Danish Beauty Award in the ‘Spa of the Year’ category.

Located on the edge of the Sound and overlooking Helsingborg, the spa was designed specifically to bring guests closer to nature, with both indoor and outdoor facilities.

“The design goal of the spa is to blend both the indoor and outdoor experience for the guests. As we are dealing with a spa, wet room installations such as drains play a key role in the overall appearance”, says Jan Mortensen, owner of Heating Business, who was employed by Marienlyst Strandhotel to cover the technical aspects of the development.

Image credit: Marienlyst Strandhotel

Specific materials for a unique spa

He explains that the spa’s natural surroundings have played a crucial role in the choice of materials for both drains and fixtures; this has resulted in an elegant combination of warm shades and tones.

“We are building a beach spa, not a traditional spa and this is reflected in our choice ofdrains and fixtures,” explains Jan Mortensen. “We have tried to reflect the surrounding beach and coastline, and area where the sunlight reflects on the water. Because of this reflective aspect we deliberately selected Unidrain’s line drain in brass for the spa entrance and changing rooms; the guests expect the best quality and the exclusive line drains help give the spa its luxurious look.

“We have received a really good response from the guests. They are enthusiastic about theaesthetics and choice of materials and think it contributes to an exclusive aura. There is no doubt this feedback is important to us, as it is precisely Marienlyst Strandhotel’s goal toprovide an exclusive wellness experience for the guests at all times.”

“In addition to the aesthetics, the functional aspect is resolved as the line drains are easy to maintain and in terms of both safety and prevention of damage to the wet room, Unidrain is an obviouschoice for busy hotels.” – Dennis Bagge, architectural adviser for Unidrain

Image credit: Unidrain/Marienlyst Strandhotel

Line drainage in both spa and hotel

It is not only in the spa that the hotel has selected to feature Unidrain’s line drain. The hotelhas recently undergone a programme of renovations; as part of this the rooms which have been renovated also feature ClassicLine column drains.

“The Marienlyst Strandhotel and its spa are the epitome of luxury and wellness and we are delighted they have chosen Unidrain products as part of the experience,” said Dennis Bagge, architectural adviser for Unidrain. “In addition to the aesthetics, the functional aspect is resolved as the line drains are easy to maintain and in terms of both safety and prevention of damage to the wet room, Unidrain is an obviouschoice for busy hotels.”

HighLine Colour

Unidrain’s HighLine Collection has received a number of design awards including the prestigious Red Dot Award for design. What makes the HighLine so innovative is that the traditional grating has been replaced by a panel.

There are four different versions of the HighLine which include: Panel available in brushed stainless steel or frosted glass; Customised – which can be matched to floor tiles; Cassette – with edges on all sides this allows the drain to be used with any material and is especially suited for terrazzo floor and the most recent addition to the HighLine Collection – HighLine Colour.

HighLine Colour is created in PVD-treated brushed stainless steel, brass, copper, black and hand polished stainless steel with a high gloss finish. The design aesthetic of the colour panel is further enhanced by the matching stainless steel frame. Each frame is 10mm high with a 4mm solid top to ensure a snug fit inside the drain unit.

Unidrain is one of our recommended suppliers. To keep up to date with their news, click here. And, if you are interested in becoming one of our recommended suppliers, please email  Katy Phillips by clicking here.

Main image credit: Marienlyst Strandhotel

In Conversation With: Unidrain’s Kenneth Waaben on modern bathrooms

730 565 Hamish Kilburn
In Conversation With: Unidrain’s Kenneth Waaben on modern bathrooms

Hotel Designs exclusively sits down with innovative head designer at Unidrain, Kenneth Waaben, to understand more about the process behind the brand’s design of the modern bathroom… 

With the aim to “create aesthetic and functional designs that enhanced the company’s existing portfolio,” Kenneth Waaben started working for Unidrain in 2014. Since then, his clear methodical way of thinking when it comes to balancing practicality and good design has led to the launch of many of Unidrain’s hero products, including the dynamic Reframe Collection. 

For Waaben, who graduated from the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, design is an iterative process that is based on a specific problem, as we find out in our exclusive Q&A.

Hamish Kilburn: What made you want to take on the challenge of designing for Unidrain?

Kenneth Waaben: In my view, good design has to be durable, a design that makes a difference, both aesthetically and functionally. Unidrain wished for products that stood out and solvedproblems in amore elegant and intelligent ways than other products in the market. I was able to design these products, so it was a fine match.

As a designer it is my mission to improve what already exists. Unfortunately, these days many new products are created with no real focus and are not designed to improving anything.

In these days of eco awareness and sustainability this is neither an interesting nor effective approach to product development. As a designer I feel we have to do everything we can to make a positive difference.

“One should dare to be critical of general practice, see possibilities and be open and brave enough to try new things.” – Kenneth Waaben, Unidrain

HK: What is your motto?

KW: Improve the existing – the devil is in the detail!  One should dare to be critical of general practice, see possibilities and be open and brave enough to try new things.

HK: What is the process behind your designs?

KW: I like to look at the things we use and find out where there is room for improvement, and then generate ideas around this.  It can be a challenge to connect the aesthetic with the functional. The process requires repeated tests and adjustments, it’s important to be aware of even the smallest details, since it is often these that make all the difference.

The road towards the goal, the actual design process, is to a great extent an iterative process where inspiration, the idea, the form and function is developed in a constant interactionbetween mind and hands.

It is all collaboration between drafts in 2D and 3D on paper and drafts shaped in cardboard and foam,as well as 3D printing and CAD. Through the entire process it is extremely important to use your experience and intuition.

HK: What was your most recent project?

KW: The Reframe Collection has been taking up my thoughts most recently.  One of the designs that have been under the design microscope is the Reframe corner shelf. I wanted to give new life to an everyday product, improve on the design.

Two other products in the Reframe Collection,the toilet brush and shower wiper, were also being re-framed and re-designed.    We looked at each item; the new toilet brush has been designed with a splash collar that eliminates the accumulationof bacteria between the inner and outer containers.

There is a small, integrated handle, so that you can easily empty the container without coming into contact with any bacteria.  The actual brush head has also been designed to collect as little water and paper as possible, to reduce unwanted dripping.

The shower wiper is a difficult product to keep tidy in the shower space so we designeda way of integrating the shower wiper with the soap shelf.  It is held in place by hidden magnets, which avoids having the wiper standing on the floor or hanging on the mixer tap.

HK: Do you design your products to be long lasting?

KW: Products have to be durable, this is important, plus time has proven that well-designed, long lasting products are also often the most popular.

As a designer, it’s important not to focus on what’s popular right now, as you risk designing a product that quickly becomes irrelevant.  It’s far more interesting to take a long-term approach. Many of the design products that are now celebrated around the world were often created many years ago and not on the basis of contemporary fads and trends.

Unidrain is one of our recommended suppliers. To keep up to date with their news, click here. And, if you are interested in becoming one of our recommended suppliers, please email  Katy Phillips by clicking here.