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Fettle nod to modernist German design at Schwan Locke Hotel, Munich

Locke’s first German outpost creates a space open to locals and travellers alike – drawing inspiration from the Deutscher Werkbund movement that started in Munich in the early 20th century.

02/09/2021 3 min read

Werkbund’s aim was to combine mass production with traditional craft to make objects that were functional, feature little ornamentation but were also aesthetically pleasing and available to the masses. Fettle has paid homage to these principals whilst integrating the existing aesthetic of the Locke brand and the hotel’s location. The result is an interpretation of modernist principals rather than a pastiche of this iconic style, which is reflected throughout the hotel design and can be seen in the joinery details of the café counter and feature bar in the ground floor lounge as well as many of the furniture and lighting pieces.

To create a welcoming and comfortable space within the hotel’s public areas, and to support the transition from day to evening, Fettle layered the lighting throughout the ground floor to ensure that it can be tailored to the specific time of day or purpose and have provided a variety of seating options to suit every need.

In the lobby, Fettle has applied strips of mirror to the lobby walls and paired this with a bold patterned floor, the design of which was inspired by details found within the Deutscher Werkbund exhibition of 1914. The ceiling is painted green with a series of bulkhead lights that reflect in the mirrors to create an infinity mirror effect. The space is visually striking and its strong reference to the Deutscher Werkbund movement provides an impressive entrance to the hotel.

A colourful yet relaxing palette has been used within both the public areas as well as within the guestrooms to ensure that these spaces maintain a sense of fun, including muted reds, greens, yellows and blues that echo the era of the early modernist movement. All the upholstered furniture for Schwan Locke is bespoke and inspired by furniture from the early 20th century. This specially created furniture sits alongside pieces from design brands including Hay, Petite Friture, &Tradition and Adico. The lighting in the hotel is from Visual Comfort, Dyke & Dean and Original BTC as well as bespoke pieces made specifically for the project by Northern Lights.

The Apartments follow a similar design language to that used within the public areas, with a bold two- tone paint finish applied on the walls that transitions up to the ceiling. All Apartments also feature an integrated kitchen that sits within the entrance in a corresponding paint finish. The rooms have either a green or blue colourway that is then contrasted with the upholstery used in the headboard, sofa and lounge furniture. Above the lounge furniture hangs a bespoke tiered, gathered fabric pendant that alongside the bedside wall lights, floor lamps and table light creates a multitude of ways to illuminate the space.

Offering guests an impressive welcome, the reception space and café features a white marble counter with oak undercounter detailed with rattan infill panels. The wall to the rear counter is tiled with an off-white hexagonal mosaic, while the walls beyond are finished in a raw plaster. This simpler palette is contrasted with a green high gloss painted ceiling, and timber seating and marble topped tables sit against burnt orange banquette seating.

Moving through the larder space guests arrive at the lounge and bar. Oak flooring links the café to these spaces, and a large coworking table in natural oak and an array of lounge furniture upholstered in colourful leather, mohair and patterned fabrics contrast to the simpler architectural finishes and add a sense of playfulness to the space.

Both the skirting and architraves in the bar and lounge are painted in a deep red colourway and the spaces are illuminated by simple black metal and round opal glass wall lights as well as a collection of feature pendants that were made to order from Zeitlos, a Berlin based lighting company who specialise in both vintage pieces and making faithful reproductions of long forgotten lighting designs.

A large, bespoke curved bar provides a focal point to the Schwan Locke bar. It features a white marble top and timber ribbed undercounter as well as a chrome gantry with details – similar to those within the larder space.

A major feature of the Schwan Locke building is the large central courtyard surrounded by lush greenery. Finishes are clean and simple, with stone flooring and a variety of lounge sofas and outdoors chairs upholstered in playful outdoor fabrics.

Photography: Edmund Dabney and Lennart Wiedemuth


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