Koto Design, a team of architects and designers known for constructing Scandinavian-inspired modular homes and small buildings, has recently teamed up with Aylott + Van Tromp, an experience-driven design and strategy team, to deliver Hytte, a new modular hotel concept. The collaboration was one born of the times. With the onset of COVID-19 came socially distancing regulations, which put a damper on a lot of our travel plans. However, the regulations have also brought us closer to a collective quest for community and a renewed sense of environmentalism. Noticing this, Koto Design and Aylott + Van Tromp conceptualized Hytte.
Similar in appearance to Koto Design’s existing geometric cabins, Hytte is a modular concept that delivers clusters of cabin units to landowners, developers, and operators who hope to provide an escapist experience to guests looking for a retreat or holiday. The makers at Koto Design and Aylott + Van Tromp design and build everything from the ebony black exterior to the cabin’s refined interiors. Merging with the natural surroundings, the cabins capture a minimalist Nordic design, with a soothing balance of natural wood and marbled stone interiors. Inside the units, guests will find a single room with a wood stove fireplace, a sunken bed that merges with a nearby window bench and storage area, a separate bathroom, and finally, a cathedral skylight that brings guests even closer to the outdoors.
Each concept is based around a single cabin unit, which can increase to a cluster of multiple modular units, reinforcing the comfort of a community that socially distanced regulations have curbed by means of hotel shutdowns and resort modifications. In constructing the modular concept of Hytte, Koto Design and Aylott + Van Tromp hope to reinstill a sense of community for those looking for a retreat and to present it in settings that encourage guests to reflect on the relationship between travelers and their environment.
Hytte cabins merge with the surrounding outdoors no matter where they’re placed.
Reinforcing a traditional sense of community, Hytte can accommodate clusters of cabins.
“Hytte redefines prefabricated, modular hotels and retreats dedicated to creating space for escapism.”
Ebony-stained wooden panes line the exterior of each cabin unit.
Come night, each cabin blends into the darkness, emanating only the light that comes from indoors.
Each bathroom in Hytte’s cabins comes equipped with storage areas, a shower, and a wash basin.
Hytte’s cabins include a king-sized sunken bed that merges with the unit’s glass windows.
“They are fully constructed & fitted out and furnished within the factory and will arrive on site ready to be used.”
Cell phone? Check. Wallet? Check. Masks? Check, check. UVC sterilizer? Check. Nowadays, leaving the house is synonymous with being prepared to ward off any prospective germs outside. Adopting more hygienic practices after entering your home and while outside has become the norm in today’s world and designers are quickly catching on to it. Bringing their design into the mix, Hyeri Lee recently created a touch stylus with an integrated UVC sterilizer in collaboration with SAQ Design called Keepstick.
Keepstick works like any stylus might, albeit slightly thicker than the average stylus, granting users the ability to do daily activities like push elevator buttons, make credit card payments, or even use their smartphone without having to touch any of the items’ physical surfaces. UVC light is able to sterilize contaminated surfaces by using Ultraviolet-C radiation to break down certain chemical bonds that allow microorganisms to multiply. With this in mind, Keepstick not only keeps your fingers away from collecting germs from any given surface but also allows you to sterilize handheld items like your smartphone, wallet, and keys.
Keepstick comes with its own plastic box where users can store items to be sterilized. By attaching the Keepstick’s UVC light feature onto the box, Ultraviolet-C rays spread over the item inside the box to break down the chemical bonds that could contain germs or viral bacteria. Even your disposable masks can be worn more than once they’ve been sterilized by Keepstick. The UVC sterilizer touch stick is also compatible with USB-C charging ports so it can always be charged up before walking out the front door.
Designer: Hyeri Lee x SAQ Design
Keepstick was designed to supplement other means for germ-fighting like hand sanitizer.
Through plenty of ideations, Keepstick finally assumed the form of a compact, thick stylus that opens up to a UVC sterilizer.
Once detached, Keepstick transforms from your regular touch stylus to a UVC sterilizer.
Ultraviolet-C radiation breaks down certain chemical bonds that allow microorganisms to multiply.
Hyeri Lee equipped Keepstick with the ability to be worn around the neck for easy carrying.
Detach Keepstick to sterilize disposable items such as gloves and masks.
It’s obviously in Oakley’s best interests to make face-masks that accommodate spectacles! Considering that more than 75% of the human adult population wears spectacles, and that fogged glasses can be such a deterring factor when it comes to masks, the opportunity to make a spectacles-friendly mask has been around for quite some time. As a pioneer in the eyewear (and sportswear) industry, Oakley was perfectly positioned to tackle this problem head-on, and I’m sort of surprised they didn’t launch this sooner! Meet the MSK3, a face-mask with replaceable N95 filters, and a dedicated eyewear channel along the nose that lets you comfortably wear spectacles without them fogging up.
The Oakley MSK3 is a clever solution to a largely ignored problem. The mask comes with a mesh front that looks stylish and basically gives you the feeling of breathability, while a high-performance, disposable filter sits behind it, giving you over 95% filtration efficiency of particles down to the size of 0.3 microns. Adjustable straps allow you to calibrate the mask to the size of your face, while the MSK3’s most innovative feature, the redesigned nose-bridge, ensures a perfect seal around the nasal area. The silicone nose-bridge also has a dedicated eyewear channel – a thin strip that lets you perfectly wear your specs over your mask, sealing the nasal area. This seal ensures that A. your spectacles don’t slip off while running or jogging, and B. exhaled air doesn’t leak from the area around your nose, fogging your glasses. The result is a mask that’s impeccably designed to solve the one MAJOR problem nobody thought of solving… and sure, you can look at the product from Oakley’s obvious profit angle, but then again, if it means a better, safer, and more comfortable mask-wearing experience for me and 75% of all adults, I guess that’s a pretty remarkable achievement too!