Project The Steam Hotel

Our latest interior project at + Margret has been to design a big portion of the textile interiors for The Steam Hotel in Västerås in co-operation with the interior designers at Spik Studios. This hotel is the new jewel in the crown of the owner ESS Group.

This fantastic hotel has opened in Västerås old steam power plant at the shore of lake Mälaren, the plant that once was one of the country's largest energy producers has now turned into a destination that has to be experienced. With its 18 floors, the hotel has 227 rooms, restaurants, bars, roof terrace, conference rooms for up to 550 people and a fantastic spa area with all the facilities you can dream of.

The style at The Steam Hotel can be described as an industrial romantic and the "Steam Punk" style fits into the historic environment like a glove and reflects the building's history as steam power plant.

+Margret has worked closely with Sofia Juviken at Spik Studios and Stefan Ericsson from ESS Group during the process of finding and implementing all the textiles for the different areas as Bar - Lobby - Lounge - Entrance - Dining rooms - Restaurants - Spa and hotel Roof Top restaurant & bar Locavore.

At the end we produced 100’s of pillows, cushions for chairs, bed covers and many meters of curtains in a multitude of different colours and qualities for the different areas in the hotel.

First meeting

All this began with an intense meeting at Spik Studios offices in Gothenburg when our project manager Colin and Ami from + Margret met Sofia Juviken and the designers involved in the project.

Then everything had to be tailored to fit the different areas, this took many visits to Västerås.

Colin says, "It has been a challenging project in many different ways"

No room has been similar to the other and no wall is comparable to the next. We have developed many special solutions, ranging from attachment directly into giant steel beams to special hanging painted rails and accessories.

One of the requirements was that we could not drill more than 3 cm deep in the roofs on all floors because of the pipes for the underfloor heating.

At the moment, we have some small details left to fix, but on the whole the project has gone very well.

First visit

The 16th of August was my first but definitely not my last visit to the finished hotel, I was met by an amazing and impressive entrance with a total 17.3m ceiling height! That is a powerful feeling!

The decor is consistently fantastic, everything is so thoughtful & you cannot say anything other than that The Steam Hotel is awesome!

You must make time to stay here!

Our project manager Ami says, "the project included 800 different bed and chair covers, mattress covers, pillows and sofas in a variety of different sizes and fabrics.

It has been great to work with so many different materials and styles, I have dreamed of these pillows all summer and now I have seen pictures of the finished result, it became absolutely wonderful and I long to see it live.

Including all the curtains and drapes added to the public areas, there are MANY meters of fabric that we have refined to finished products.

We are looking forward to Spik Studios next project ...

Spik Studios

ESS Group

Good luck with your amazing destination..

Project manager: Colin Felton  - Colin@margret-gardin.se

Assistant project manager: Ami Ivarsson - ami@margret-gardin.se

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