The Lloyd Hotel
A couple of months ago, I went to visit the High Line (fantastic, by the way). I decided to round off my little design outing with a look at the brand new The Standard Hotel (brilliantly amazing, too). I proceeded to go to the front desk, ask for a manager, and politely tell him how interested I was in seeing the bedrooms. Never hurts to ask, right? A charming and handsome young Austrian man took my mother, my friend Karen, and I for a tour of about four bedrooms–all with slightly different layouts and views.
When I was in Amsterdam, I went to lunch at the Lloyd Hotel, designed by the MVRDV. I thought I would give it another go and ask to see the rooms. Yet again, a lovely young person (this time a woman) showed us around this insanely bizarre and wonderful hotel. I could go on for a while, but, if my readers are anything like me, eye candy is all we really need after a long day of work. I will spare you chapters and chapters about this fascinating hotel and show you some specific photos of one of the bedrooms that really stuck in my brain.
I have to say I don’t really remember the beds, but what struck me when I walked into the suite was a turquoise contraption at the end of the room. Walking toward it, one notices it’s made out of fiberglass and behind it is actually the en-suite bathroom all moulded together. The tub works its way into the shower and the shower into the sink. It’s kind of like a giant blue room divider, and is the work of Atelier van Lieshout. This hotel really pushes the boundries of design, and, although I have to say that I was not 100 percent convinced I would like to be a guest, I can tell you I was 100 percent delighted at the risks that were taken to make this place incredibly unique.
All photos by Ghislaine Viñas.