Sensai Select Spa

Tokyo designer Gwenael Nicolas of Curiosity has completed a spa in Interlaken, Switzerland. The design of the space is based on the lining of floating layers of Koishimaru silk that hang in layers from the ceiling. The soft glow of lights removes the outside world, layer by layer, to transform the mind and body and lead visitors from the dark corridor of the hotel were space vanishes and the mind is liberated. Past the silk layers, a circular waiting room welcomes the guest, leading guests to the reception. The waiting room in the center of the space is designed as a cocoon, an oasis of tranquility surrounded by serene light. treatment rooms are enveloped in warm wooden walls and timber shelves are linked to the ceiling by metal poles adding to the atmosphere of the space. Everyday life gives way to a different dimension leading to an unexplored sense of relaxation and well being.

“ I dream of a new age of curiosity. We have the technical means for it; the desire is there; the things to be known are infinite; the people who can employ themselves at this task exist. Why do we suffer? From too little: from channels that are too narrow, skimpy, quasi-monopolistic, insufficient. There is no point in adopting a quasi- protectionist attitude, to prevent 'bad' information from invading and suffocating the 'good'. Rather, we must simply multiply the paths and the possibilities of comings and goings."

Philosopher Michel Foucault