This fall, Prince Carl Philip Bernadotte and Oscar Kylberg designed and built a suite at the iconic Icehotel 365 in northern Sweden. This marks the first time the award-winning design duo has taken on a project consisting entirely of ice and snow.
Winter is finally here, and the doors to this year's Icehotel will soon open. Thirty-two artists from all over the world traveled to Jukkasjärvi, 200km north of the Arctic Circle, to complete this year's art suites and ice rooms. Two such artists are Bernadotte & Kylberg.
The design duo spent time in Jukkasjärvi this autumn, where they, together with the hotel's creative team and florist Per Benjamin, created their suite at Icehotel 365, the hotel's year-round building. The suite is called "A midsummer night's dream ", transporting guests' thoughts to a Swedish midsummer.
"The concept is built on that the hotel's Swedish and international customers will experience something unique to Sweden and our heritage in a slightly different way," says Carl Philip Bernadotte and Oscar Kylberg. "By alluding to midsummer, we have created a moment frozen in time that guests get to experience."
For the first time in the hotel's history, a material that is not ice or snow has been used, namely flowers and plants. The flowers permeate the entire furniture, for example in the form of an ice block around the bed with birch leaves and a ceiling lamp in the form of a flower wreath. Everything in the room is reminiscent of midsummer, one of Sweden's most beloved traditions.
"Our ambition is to be able to convey the Scandinavian feeling of nature and this unique tradition in our own artistic way," say Carl Philip Bernadotte and Oscar Kylberg. "We wanted to create a concept that featured Swedish flora, making it available all year round with the help of ice, nature's own conservation technology."
In addition to the art of ice and flowers, the duo has also created a soundtrack with sound games in the form of buzzing bees, whistling winds, and violin playing. This together with carefully selected lighting will enhance the experience of this mysterious midsummer night filled with myths and legends.
The Bernadotte & Kylberg suite is now open and can be booked specifically, on the website or through the hotel's booking service. Some of the proceeds for this room will be donated to charity.