With the tagline ‘there is a place like home’ and an elegant Scandinavian look, the cozy Hygge hotel looks and sounds very inviting. This uniquely designed hotel creates a universe that is conducive to relaxation, well-being, and comfort, punctuated by the creations of young Scandinavian designers. Located in the Louise area in Brussels, it would be a great place to stay when visiting the capital of Belgium.

The concept of hygge is a way of life in Scandinavia that focuses on coziness, comfort, warmth and togetherness. Hygge is without a doubt one of the reasons the Scandinavian countries consistently top the polls as the happiest people on earth each year.

“Togetherness, relaxations, indulgence, presence and comfort. It all boils down to the pursuit of everyday happiness – the art of creating intimacy and cocoa by candlelight. After your needs are met, we will focus on what brings you a better quality of life.” – the Hygge hotel

Within the hotel you find two different styled room themes: you can either get comfortable in a cozy room or slow down in one of the relax rooms.

The interior design enhances authentic materials such as wood, wool, ceramics, soft colors and the presence of accessories and furniture with simple lines and a minimal feeling. The hallway and reception area has more vibrant colour additions, fun patterns, interesting ceiling light fixtures and greenery, while the dining area is calm and peaceful.

Where >> Rue des Drapiers 31-33, 1050 Ixelles, Brussels, Belgium

A few of the Scandinavian design items spotted at the hotel:

In the HALLWAY by the large staircase, you find a cluster of the famous Flowerpot VP1 lamp in polished brass from &Tradition that was designed by Verner Panton. Here I can also see the Five pouf designed by the Norwegian design duo Anderssen & Voll for Muuto. These poufs have an intriguing pentagon shape that is certain to attract attention, and the rounded corners create a sense of calming softness. Around the LOUNGE area you find the minimal Wire pot & base designed by Norm Architects for Menu with plants in. I can also see the Around table from Muuto.

The ceiling lamps in the RECEPTION area is the Light Forest, a lighting system adapted for ceilings and walls designed by Tineke Beun-ders and Nathan Wierink of Ontwerpduo also for &Tradition. Here you can also see the square Pieni Siirtolapuutarha pillow from Marimekko, which was designed to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Finland’s independence! Add a comfy and relaxed feeling with a white sheepskin rug, like the Ludde rug from Ikea and add a few vases. I can see the green Alfredo vase from Georg Jensen amongst others.

The chairs used around various locations in the hotel are the Mama F-225 chair designed by Jonas Lindvall and manufactured by Skandiform, an easy-chair in ash or oak. Along with these you find the Papa LB-675 & Papa LB-676 tables. Mama and Papa are the perfect partners that provide a relaxed setting for cozy, intimate everyday occasions. The shelves you can spot in different areas are the Pythagoras shelving system designed by Gustav Rosén for Maze. It is a versitile piece that allows you to design the perfect storage system for your space – simply mix and match the pieces!

In the BEDROOM they have used the String system as storage and desk area, a timeless classic shelf system designed by Nils Strinning in 1949. In front of it, I can spot the Hee chair from Hay! Next to the bed we have the Cage shelf, designed for MENU by the design studio Form Us With Love. The Cage collection has a strong functional ambition while the pieces also become beautiful interior accessories. I can also see the Georg stool & the Georg console table designed by Chris L. Halstrøm for Skagerak, with the expression in between Nordic sensuality and Japanese minimalism.

// Photo credit: the Hygge hotel

Hi there! My name is Ingrid Opstad, I am originally from a little town in Norway but currently living near Milan, Italy with my boyfriend & dog. I have a Master Degree in graphic design, but I am also working as a freelance journalist for Scan Magazine. That Scandinavian Feeling is a place for me to share my knowledge and love for Scandinavia; touching upon everything from interiors, design, lifestyle and hygge.



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