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Klaus K LIVINGROOM and New Rooms by Harri Koskinen

For the People, by the People – Democratic Design Reaching a New High at Klaus K

One may ask how did we come up with this LIVINGROOM co-creation idea? It all starts from the core values Marc and Mia have always wanted to embrace, both in terms of design and care for our guests – making the experience such that it genuinely enriches the lives of our guests.

Marc, the owner and General Manager of Klaus K wanted to create a space that would offer inspiration to our guests - a destination on Bulevardi that’s a LIVINGROOM for all our guests. Since design is for the people – there was only one question left; what about the people who truly deserve to have their say?


A world class hotel lobby – a destination at Bulevardi that’s a LIVINGROOM on three different floors

In contrast to expert recommendations that suggested a more engineered approach, Marc, who manages the familyowned hotel with his wife Mia Cederberg-Skvorc, felt strongly about having the hotel’s heavy users drive the process.

“Our way of working is about challenging the traditional aspects of the hotel business,” he says. “We wanted to turn the normally business-led design procedure around and give guests direct access to creating this renewal. We believe openness is a key element to managing a business in a flourishing community.”

Marc wanted to follow his own instincts with and make sure we would do this in the most genuine way – driven only by passion and interest and let social media lead the way.



The reason why the co-creation paradigm works is that the threshold for participation is low - Jukka Juhola, with the winning design concept HomeWork

The organic or viral spread of the LIVINGROOM co-creation project exceeded all previous experiences at Klaus K – by far that is. On just the top week alone we reached almost 45,000 people. How often does an independent hotel get this kind of reach and brand association with virtually no advertising cost to it?

We were grateful to have a reputable group of partners in this project; World Design Capital Helsinki 2012, Helsinki Design Week, Helsinki Design District and Aalto University Entrepreneurship Division who also were representing the members of the jury along with Stylt Trampoli Ab and Marc Skvorc from Klaus K management.

*World Design Capital year 2012 in Helsinki offered us great inspiration



Two new rooms by Harri Koskinen


People don’t want to stay in their rooms regardless of how cool their room is – unless they have The Movie Room


Desing Hotel Klaus K


The concept for this room is movies and console games; a personal movie “theatre”. Marc Skvorc, GM of Klaus K, had a wish to create a hotel room that is sanctified for comfort in the form of watching movies or playing console games without ignoring the crucial elements of a hotel accommodation – great bed and functional bathroom.

Read more about The Movie Room by Harri Koskinen



Urban Nature - The idea in this room is nature. The forest landscape, where the light filters through the forest canopy

Urban Nature room in  Klaus K Desing Hotel


This room is an oasis of tranquility. Materials, textures, colors and ambiance of this room will reduce your pulse. Bath products by Malin+Goetz complement Hansgrohe Raindance Showerpipe+.

Read more about Urban Nature room by Harri Koskinen



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Harri Koskinen

Short Biography

  • One of the most successful Finnish designers internationally
  • Torsten and Wanja Söderberg Foundation Award
  • Pro Finlandia Award
  • Compasso d’Oro
  • His block lamp is exhibited in the collections MoMa New York
  • Design Director of Iittala



















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