Fletcher Design Hotel by KOLENIK, Amsterdam

March 26th, 2013 by retail design blog

The round shape of the new Fletcher Hotel brought some interesting challenges when it came to the interior design. Rising design star Robert Kolenik (81) signed for the inspiring design. He is known for his use of natural. unique and honest materials that also radiate luxury and minimalism.

For Fletcher Hotels it’s the first time they constructed a complete new building in Amsterdam. Because of its shape, Kolenik had to deal with awkward spaces. “There were a couple of time we really had a big fight with the spaces, but we managed to come up with playful solutions,” the designer says.

Eco Chic
The decor of the hotel is inspired by Kolenik‘s own Eco Chic signature. “Eco Chic is aimed at durability. Besides homeliness, warmth and sustainability it also stands for minimalism and chic.” For example: Kolenik uses ‘Eco board‘. This board is made out of agricultural waste with natural resin. You can think of all the materials that normally would end up on the compost heap: wheat fibre, straw and already picked tomatoes plants. Eco board is biodegradable and is used to produce the couches in the new Fletcher hotel.

Piano in the shape of a whale
Besides the huge chandelier in Sky restaurant the great piano is also a grand focus point. This piano is the largest in the world and is shaped like a whale. The piano is made entirely of sustainable materials (no ivory keys). A part of the proceeds of these pianos is used to protect these magnificent sea creatures.

Happy chickens
The feathers of the down comforters derive from organic chickens: happy chickens. The pillows on the beds are filled with soy-based foam. Not the standard polluting oil based foam. Even the elevator has sustainable elements. Kolenik: “For one wall in the elevator we used recycled aluminium with gas injected causing a sparkling silver bubble structure. Come and check it out!”

Designed by KOLENIK

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