More Artists Confirmed for the 30th anniversary of Icehotel
Press Release, July 1 2019
Alongside the artists that were confirmed for the seasonal hotel last month, the ice hotel in Jukkasjärvi has invited six artists and designers who all have a special place in the hotel’s heart and history. The selected artists will create the main hall, the ceremony hall and Icehotel 365’s Icebar.
specially Invited Artists
Since 1989, the world’s first ice hotel has created breathtaking experiences for its guests from all over the world. As the hotel celebrates its 30th anniversary, six more artists can now be revealed for the winter season.
Next winter will be an important milestone for us, celebrating a long and successful journey that initially was generated from a crazy idea. Those six artists and designers have been an invaluable part of our journey, and we can’t wait to see what they’ll create for Icehotel #30. We are really looking forward to celebrating the past as well as our exciting and inspiring future.
CREATVIE DIRECTOR AT ICEHOTEL, LUCA RONCORONI
The new CEO at Icehotel , Malin Franck, will start her new job on 19th of August and is looking forward to a grand start of her role:
It’s exciting to enter this position in a time of celebration. Icehotel is one of Sweden’s most iconic tourist destinations and I am really looking forward to see the art by the incredible artists this winter,” she says.
The doors of Icehotel #30 will open on the 13th of December.
Kauppi & Kauppi – The Ceremony Hall
Kauppi & Kauppi is a studio and designer duo (Nina and Johan Kauppi) with roots in the very south and north of Sweden. In 2016 they established the shared design studio Kauppi & Kauppi in Sweden, after living many years in New York and Frankfurt. Their relationship with Icehotel started 16 years ago and they have through the years created several art suites for the hotel.
The designer duo feel honored to be invited to design the Ceremony Hall and look forward to being part of Icehotel #30. “It will be pure joy to work and celebrate the anniversary o f Icehotel together with skilled artist and designer teams from all corners of the world”, Johan Kauppi says.
Jens Thoms Ivarsson & Mats Nilsson – The Main Hall
Jens Thoms Ivarsson and Mats Nilsson started their design studio Thoms & Nilsson in 2002 and together they have done numerous projects all over the world.Designer, artist and drummer Jens Thoms Ivarsson has previously worked as Creative Director for Icehotel (2012-2016). He is currently Creative Director for the City of Gothenburg in Sweden for the project Rain Gothenburg with the vision to turn Gothenburg into the best city in the world when it rains. Stonemason and craftsman Mats Nilsson has had a central role at Icehotel for several years, both as support leader and as developer of the ice-production machinery. He was also the project leader for the snow-construction in Ichotel 365.
Since 2003 Jens and Mats have done more than 60 projects all around the globe for Icehotel, 33 of these were Icebars. This year will be their 18th year at Icehotel: “We are very happy and excited to be back to create the Main Hall. As it’s the first impression for the guest, it’s an important one. We always want to make people interact with our work, and hopefully they will get a smile on their face too,” they say.
Luc Vosin & Mathieu Brison – Icebar by Icehotel Jukkasjärvi
Luc Voisin is a french landscape and interior designer. Mathieu Brison has many facets: urban planning, architecture, design, scenography and artistic direction of festive events. Together, they explore the limitless possibilities given by mixing space design and new technologies. Voisin´s and Brison´s first experience with snow and ice was in 2012. ”It was a life changing experience! Together we have designed several suites and luxury suites, and each design has been a way to challenge our creativity and discover the technical boundaries of these amazing materials,” they say.
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Icehotel opened in 1989 and is beside a hotel also an art exhibition with ever-changing art out of ice and snow. Icehotel is created in a new guise every winter, completely made out of natural ice from Torne River, one of Sweden’s national rivers and last untouched waters.
When the winter season’s Icehotel has melted back into the river in the spring, a part of the hotel remains; Icehotel 365 - a place where visitors can experience the ice and sleep in hand carved art suites all year-round.