For 100 days, until May 2017, Paris’s Institut Finlandais is home to KOTI, a living installation that offers guests an opportunity to experience a communal sleepover that highlights the best of Finnish hospitality.
Part of the Mobile Home 2017 project, which explores the meaning of home via bespoke installations across 4 Finnish Institutes across Europe (Benelux, Berlin, London and Paris), KOTI is the brainchild of Finnish designer Linda Bergroth. The name means home in Finnish and hospitality, openness, and a sense of tranquility are central to the visitor experience.
Nestled within the Institut Finlandais, six sleeping cabins – sleeping up to twelve people – surround a communal lounge and dining space with tables and benches designed by architects Mattila & Merz. The cabins are conceived to provide maximum privacy for KOTI’s guests, while maintaining the feeling of a communal space for interaction. Guests are provided with robes and slippers by Finnish designer Lapuan Kankurit, allowing them to feel right at home as they interact with their cabin neighbors. When guests are in the need of some downtime, in-cabin entertainment packages are available, showcasing some of the best in short-films, documentaries and travel guides provided by Visit Finland.
After a night of rest, guests are woken by Innolux lamps the simulate natural daylight outside their cabins, and are served a communal Finnish breakfast composed of breads, butter and berries provided by Food from Finland. “The KOTI installation highlights the experience of a common, shared home” says designer Linda Bergroth. “It is a bit crazy and experimental experience that requires the guest to engage in something completely new.”
KOTI will join the rest of the Mobile Home 2017 installations in Helsinki at the end of this summer, taking over the White Hall building in the city’s historic center.
KOTI Sleepover // 60 rue des Écoles // Paris // January until May 2017 // website