Swissôtel has opened a new ‘DesignLab’ at its Zürich headquarters, ahead of a planned global revamp of the hotel group’s lounges.
Functioning as a meeting or presentation room for Swissôtel staff, or a waiting area for guests, the pine-clad room features low, comfortable chairs, a high meeting table and bookcase, and is designed for informal discussions or coffee breaks.
The Zurich facility has been designed as a miniature version of the new Swissôtel executive lounges, which are expected to be rolled-out at properties across the world.
“Traditional wood-panelled pine parlours, found for centuries in old Swiss houses, have been newly interpreted and modernised here,” said Karsten Schmidt, director of interior design for Swissôtel. “Drawers and furniture have been decorated with ornaments in the style of traditional Swiss Sgraffito, which is still to be found on the facade of many buildings in the Swiss canton of Graubünden.”
Swissôtel’s vice president of operations, Lilian Roten, said the DesignLab would be used for “creative brainstorming sessions, away from the normal office environment”.