Téckara, which means number nine in Kunza (a language spoken in the Andes), is created by the sculptor and designer Javier Opazo from Chile. The suite got its name from the nine majestic pillars that stretch all the way up in the ceiling at shows off the suite’s magnificent vaulted roof.
– I think the visitors are going to feel overwhelmed by the high columns that stretch all the way to the ceiling. It is a magnificent feeling and a ceiling height of 4,7 meters, says, Javier Opazo.
The artist behind the suite, Jens Thoms Ivarsson, has been creating ice art for 15 years, and was previously Creative Director at ICEHOTEL. This time it was time to try something new – combining music, voices, sound and design.
– The visitor is guided into their own inner world with help by sound, music and voices. The room, ice and design is half the experience, while the other half is the sound and light that interact and take the guest on their own, individual journey, says Jens Thoms Ivarsson.
AN ABSTRACT CENTERPIECE adjacent to a pair of chairs are positioned inside a big circular wall immediately inside the room. Next to chairs; a red button too big and bright not to be pressed. The installation introduces light, music and sound.
“It was a new challenge for us to get design, light and sound to interact, but we’re very pleased with the result and it will be interesting to hear what the guests think” says Jens
Thoms Ivarsson. Sit back and start the voyage into your inner world.
JENS THOMS IVARSSON is a designveteran who grew up with art, crafts, design and architecture. Over the years he has created around 30 icebars.
PETRI “BETTE” TUOMINEN has done everything from driving the dog sled to organizing ice dinners. This year he also composed the music to the suite.
A bar where you can sleep, isn’t that a luxury feeling? Here you are, having fun and want another drink – but on the other hand you are quite tired and ready to go to bed. You have come to the right place – Pillow Bar. The suite has a Pillow Bar luxury lounge feeling where everything looks soft and invites you to lay down among the sculptures at the counter. “There are some empty seats for you at the bar. Welcome in.”
WILFRED STIJGER is a multi-talented artist from the Netherlands and are specialized in sand art. With his art he wants to inspire others to open their minds and use their imagination.
EDITH VAN DE WETERING is an artist who loves to surprise with her art. She has been creating art using sand in locations across the world.
“Visitors can lower themselves into a bath of ice and in peace contemplate the nature, embodied by a deer.”
The Design in Oh Deer is inspired by the Japanese Onsen baths and the Great Totem spirit animals. The lanterns bring light, moments of understanding, for the nature and the world we live in. Visitors can lower themselves into Oh Deer a bath of ice and in peace contemplate the nature, embodied by a deer. “Oh Deer express an awe of the grand animal and a humble envision of Mother Earth and the fascinating landscape outside.”
CARL WELLANDER was born and lives today in Nyköping, Sweden. He works as a full time sculptor mainly working in ceramics, bronze and stone.
ULRIKA TALLVING is a sculptor, artist and stylist. In her work she often derives her art from animal forms.
Dive into an underwater world, made from ice and snow, and experience the phenomenon mermaid fitness where weight and size meet the movement of the water and a feeling of lightness. Creators Nina Hedman and Magnus Hedman got their inspiration for the suite Mermaid Fitness Mermaid Fitness from Bodybuilding and the trend where you swim with a fake mermaid tail. “When the suite was done, we could see that Yemoja and Triton might have helped us when designing the sculptures… The water has no limits.”
NINA HEDMAN is a Swedish sculpture and art teacher. She works with a lot of different materials and her favorites are ice and snow.
MAGNUS HEDMAN from Sweden is here for the fourth year to help his aunt to create a suite.
Living with angels is what artist Benny Ekman does every day. Nearly all his work includes angels in some way and in this suite, he is channeling them to create a serendipitous atmosphere and give you a feeling of safety. “Ever since I was a child, Living With Angels women have fascinated me. They come in different shapes, like princesses, mermaids, witches, heroines, angels. Angels are amazing since they have the ability to fly and see things from a different perspective. Sweet dreams with your angels.”
BENNY EKMAN is an artist and his influence comes from his upbringing in Australia and Sweden. He mainly paints in acrylic, but experiments and sculpts with different materials.
All around the world, beds are elevated above the ground, lifting their occupants into a new world. Dreamscape amplifies this effect, whisking visitors on a journey up a curling, sensuous, daring stair of pure ice that rises straight from the door to their dreams. Dreamscape “Dreamscape celebrates the main element and raison d’être of the room – a symbol epitomizing escape: the bed. It dramatizes the fact that each journey to the room is a journey to that bed and into the explosive canyons of the mind.”
ALEX HAW, UK, is an artist, architect and founder of the design studio Atmos.
ADITYA BHATT is an Indian architect and musician with a passion for computation, food and heavy metal.
Enter a surreal frozen lake environment and literally walk on thin ice across a landing stage running through the suite and connecting to the bed. Look into the depth of the frozen lakes surface’s visually transparent ice, Danger! Thin Ice allowing you to witness the serene beauty of naturally emerged structures created by nature – cracks, air bubbles and light effects. “Enjoy the mystic elegance of sleeping on frozen water and experiencing deep silence.”
FRANZISKA AGRAWAL is an industrial designer and artist working internationally in product design and design strategy, architectural art installations, and documentary and fine arts photography.
Dancers in the dark is all about choosing survival – the light and positive path. Artists Tjåsa Gusfors and Patrick Dallard have experimented with the features and elements of the frozen water, and created movement in the room, emerged from the dancers. The music is written and performed by Tjåsa Gusfors herself with arrangement by Matti Eklund. “We wanted to form a suite filled with positive energy that translates into the guests, to create a sensuous space, which gives you bliss. So we keep dancing in the dark, chasing sparks…”
PATRICK DALLARD was born in France but lives and works in Stockholm. He is a scenographer at a children’s theater, works with social art and as a designer.
TJÅSA GUSFORS from Sweden is a multifaceted artist, performing on the music theater stage as well as creating artwork using wood, stone and sand as her materials.
With an unmitigated love for ice, the brothers behind the suite express their feelings through exquisite hand-carved ice reliefs throughout the room. Inspired by the famous symbolist painter Gustav Klimt, the design flirts with his decorative patterns and the classic motive “The Embrace”. “We were using our family name Musteikis for the word-play ‘Must Take Kiss’ for naming our suite. We hope that hot kiss gives the guests a warm night in the cold room.”
KESTUTIS MUSTEIKIS works with all kinds of materials such as stone, wood, concrete and fire, and is a returning artist at ICEHOTEL.
VYTAUTAS MUSTEIKIS is a visual anthropologist who documents disappearing customs and traditions.
Don’t Get Lost is a maze that gives you a maximum ice experience. The bedroom is placed in the middle of the room and at the end of the maze, which makes it your reward for your courage and cleverness. “The concept fills a practical function since the visitors stay in the suite a little longer, while at the same time offers excitement and adventure. A maze is also a neat pattern that can be used for decorations in different ways, which is shown in this suite.”
TOMMY ALATALO is a product designer, engineer and craftsman from Norrbotten, Sweden who takes joy in beautiful and thought-provoking work.
Once upon a time, a fisherman was rowing his boat in the reflection of the moon under a sky full off shooting stars. He makes a wish; he wants to sleep on the moon that always guided him in the night and got him safe to shore. The wish got delivered but the moon had a different plan – it was time for her to meet Torne River. “The moon influences tides, births and trees. Let’s find out what influence it will have in this suite.”
MARJOLEIN VONK is from the Netherlands where she works as an Art Director and stylist. This year she is also one of the designers behind The Veranda at ICEHOTEL Restaurant.
MAURIZIO PERRON grew up in the Alps. He is in love with every kind of material: wood, marble, granite, snow, and ice.
Welcome to the Victorian Apartment – a 20th century royal dream. This sensorial experience gives you an ethereal feeling with its high ceiling, incredible details and elegant style. The time specific reminders; patterns and objects from last century, set the stage in The Victorian Apartment this frozen Deluxe Suite. “With the new dimensions in ICEHOTEL 365 I thought of an elegant apartment in Europe from last century. The visual properties of ice and snow create the perfect layering of translucency, light and shadows.”
LUCA RONCORONI is an Italian architect and designer based in Norway, specializing in temporary architecture and installations, exhibitions and design. He likes photography, skiing and running with his dog Nero.
Sleep soundly in the presence of ten invincible women. The strong women are positioned in the suite, each with its own unique expression and purse. “Timed with a movement of women that won’t be silenced, the artwork The Invisible Invincible got its inspiration from the Terracotta army and Hans Runesson’s picture The lady with the purse.
NINA HEDMAN is a sculpture and art teacher who lives in Stockholm, Sweden. She works with lots of different materials and her favorites are ice and snow.
LENA KRISTRÖM is a sculptor living in Jukkasjärvi that has been sculpting for ICEHOTEL since the beginning.
Which way is up? Enter a deep and vertical world and feel the cold of the glacier. Its massive presence is tangible in the natural, raw ice. Fall asleep at the end of the tunnel, cradled and sheltered by the unpolished Arctic. “With 34 meters of ice walls and 32 tons of raw Torne River ice – even on the ceiling – this suite is record breaking. Due to the huge amount of ice, the room is 4-5 degrees colder than average. Literally a cool experience!”
LUCA RONCORONI is an Italian architect and designer based in Norway, specializing in temporary architecture and installations.
DAVE RUANE or “Irish Dave”, works with ice, snow, metal, and wood and brings his Irish charm into all of his work.
Welcome to a typographical experience in the suite You Are My Type. Surrounded by a pun in oversized ice letters; you are embraced in the polar night with messages that will keep you warm: “love you to the letter”. “Ice sculpting is a fantastic experience. The consistency is unlike anything else; it’s both forgiving and demanding. A crystal-clear mix of soft and hard, of delicate and brittle flexibility. A challenge for the sensitive keyboard-fingers of two graphic designers.”
JOHN BARK is an editorial designer from Sweden with clients all over the Nordic Countries.
CHARLI KASSELBÄCK is a graphic designer and illustrator based in Stockholm.
“Think outside the box”
Every day we ollow the rules
of life. We are stuck in boxes.
But during the night, in our
dreams, we are free to do
whatever we want. We leave
the boxes and explore. It
would be good to leave our
boxes during the day every
now and then – and get a new
perspective on life.
EDITH VAN DE WETERING is an artist who
loves to surprise with her art.
WILFRED STIJGER is a multitalented artist
from the Netherlands and is specialized in
sand art. The couple are returning artists to
ICEHOTEL since many years.
“You are kindly invited to a Raindrop Prelude”
RAINDROPS FORM RIPPLE
effects on the frozen ice.
Deeper inside the suite;
a majestic bed frame
against intricate wall
patterns inspired by
traditional Polish folk art.
The musical notations of
Chopin’s classical work
engraved in the ice aloft.
“Hearing Chopin’s work had
a profound effect on me. His
way of fusing Polish folk and
classical music inspired me.
This suite mirrors his 19th
century Poland, interpreted
through blending traditional
local folk art with the Biedermeier
style that came to grow
immensely popular at this time.”
is an interior and furniture
designer from Poland.
He loves tango and
ERYK MARKS is an oil and
mural painter, specialized
in sacral art. He loves
fishing and photography.
”Upplev den långsamma strömmens synbara förvandling
och låt dina drömmar skapa en berättelse”
Ur ren och vild skönhet
skapar naturen former som
inspirerar oss. Isflödet är i
ständig rörelse, och denna
abstrakta massa utgör en
evigt föränderlig filmduk
att projicera dina personliga
intryck på. Gör dig
hemmastadd bland snäckorna
av is och snö och
låt din sanna vision
interagera med rummet.
FRIEDERIKE SCHROTH är en tysk
arkitekt baserad i Frankrike och
grundade Nomad’Art tillsammans
med Fabien Champeval.
FABIEN CHAMPEVAL är en fransk
stenskulptör som följer inuit-kulturens
filosofi att söka efter
stenens inre liv när han skulpterar.
“The harmonious sound of life starting anew”
THE MOMENT WHEN the
first sprouts break
through the snow. Water
dripping from the melting
ice. The soft wind playing
with the clouds and the
new life starts. In Early
Spring, sculptors Liliya
Pobornikova and Nando
Alvarez were inspired by
the natural elements and
the intention to unite
their individual expressions
in the ephemeral
and soft materials ice and
snow, using ideas they
have previously explored
in hard and permanent
NANDO ALVAREZ is from Spain.
After graduating in Art History, he
has taken part in 80 international
art symposiums and his work is
widely exhibited across Asia.
LILIYA POBORNIKOVA Bulgaria-born,
resides in Spain where she works as
a sculptor, using materials like stone,
wood, metal, wax, concrete,