QR-Code Hotel Room
by Antoine Peters


In the most extreme example yet of QR codes used as decor, the new Hotel Modez in Arnhem has a room covered entirely in scannable codes that link to "pornography, pin-ups and other piquancies".

QR-Code Hotel Room by Antoine Peters

The room, designed by fashion designer Antoine Peters, features bespoke wallpaper, curtains, bed linen and furniture entirely covered in the black-and-white symbols, which can be read by smartphones and other devices to reveal pornographic images, texts and movies.

"The room seems as abstract as it can be, but secretly you are surrounded by porn," says Peters. "The abstraction of the room symbolizes the fact piquancies are always extracted from the eye, but I think these just belong to hotel rooms. And anyway, aren't we surrounded by porn everywhere nowadays?

The room features pillows and fabrics created in collaboration with Daphne de Jong while Quinze & Milan produced square stools with a QR-codes laser-cut into their surfaces.

The QR-Code room was commissioned by creative studio Piet Paris, who invited 30 Dutch fashion designers, most of whom are based in Arnhem or are graduates of the city's Arnhem Art Academy, to each curate a room.

The hotel, which opened last week, is based in the city's Klarendal district, a once run-down area that is now an emerging fashion quarter.

Other recent examples of QR codes used in architecture and interiors include the Russian Pavilion at the Venice Architecture Biennale, which featured an interior entirely covered with a matrix of codes, and call centre in Dijon by architects MVRDV, which features QR-code cladding.

Photography is by Eva Broekema.

  • I love the way he strikes through a taboo, straight into the core.

  • csparrott

    This makes me want to punch everyone involved until my fists represent a QR code.

  • This room would definitely make me sick. They should’ve used this tile for the bathroom: http://www.artaic.com/qr-code-mosaics/

  • yyy

    Yes interior looks like porn. Like our life does. Because porn is all around us. Yes.

  • Jaime

    Im all for taking chances and trying new things with interior design but this is awful. Very Nathan Barley!

  • Theo

    I think it’s time to stop all this QR code stuff now. Porn on the walls? Why not just use dirty magazines as wallpaper!

  • I think the line "not tonight darling, I've got a headache" will be given a whole new meaning in a room like this. Definitely a passion killer.

  • Eduardo

    Too much. That’s too much.

  • António

    QR codes are not cool.

  • jb|A

    Information overload.

  • Venice Biennale here is rife with QR codes. Perhaps shows how out of the loop we might be?