Swiss bathroom manufacturer Laufen has collaborated with Conran and Partners on a recently completed project to equip the bathrooms of 267 sophisticated guest rooms and suites at the Andaz London Liverpool Street.
Previously known as the ‘Great Eastern Hotel’, the project – commissioned by Andaz owners Hyatt – was part of a wider brief to update and refresh the rooms, bringing them in line with the Andaz DNA and the cultural changes in the local area, which is located on the edge of the City and London’s Shoreditch.
The stylish bathrooms preserve the clean, timeless metro tiles from the original design and are complemented by a number of new, modern solutions. All the bathrooms feature innovative, wall-hung Kartell by Laufen washbasins, which add a contemporary, minimalist style to the bathroom design.
The Kartell by Laufen washbasins, designed by award winning designers Ludovica and Roberto Palomba, are made from Laufen’s revolutionary SaphirKeramik, a material that allows for extremely thin and delicate yet robust edges, for superior performance characteristics which deliver extreme lightness with durability. The elegant design echoes the clean forms and expressive minimalism that are the key traits of the collection.
The basins are complemented by black Dornbracht brassware which adds a timeless, monochrome look to the bathrooms.
The hotel’s suites feature Laufen’s elegant, freestanding Ino bathtubs, designed by the French designer Toan Nguyen. With a slim contemporary rim, the oval bathtubs have clean, sweeping lines creating an ambience of absolute relaxation.
The bathtub is made of Sentec material: In this way it can be made with a single wall in one casting and is characterised by a lower weight. Laufen’s Sentec is a mineral composite material combining a multitude of properties, which make it ideal for bathroom environments in hospitality projects. Sentec is a robust material which is anti-bacterial, easy-to-clean, resistant to chemicals and UV-resistant
To complement the monochrome colour scheme of the bathroom, Laufen were able to add a bespoke element to the project with a customised black finish to the waste for the bathtub, to match the black brassware.
Jon Bond, Specification Manager for Laufen comments:
“We worked closely with the Conran and Partners team to ensure that our innovative products were the perfect solution for the bathrooms in this exciting refurbishment. Laufen has a long heritage of working with global designers on some of the world’s most prestigious hospitality projects and we were delighted to be able to utilise our expertise at the Andaz London Liverpool Street.”
With a distinct style and urban design aesthetic to the overall hotel refurbishment project, Conran and Partners have injected a number of new elements commissioned from local East London artists. The bathrooms feature distinctive ‘Kraken’ splashbacks, based on designs by local illustration artist Sophie Mo. These elements help reinforce the hotel’s historic relationship with its locality and reinforce the Andaz’s distinctive personality and local connections.
Tina Norden, Director, Conran and Partners, says: “It’s been great collaborating with Laufen on this project to update the bathrooms to an exceptionally high quality in every guest room. In addition, artist Sophie Mo’s splashback designs have been added to help to bring the streets of Shoreditch playfully into the bathrooms, offering a strong visual connection between the internal settings of the hotel and the streetscapes of the surrounding area. Our overall design approach has aspired to use subtle local touches like this rather than obvious theming to create an authentic ‘sense of place’ throughout.”