Nature-inspired hotel lounge by Jouin Manku
features an organic fireplace

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Paris studio Jouin Manku installed a sculptural fireplace and chose materials with natural tones and textures to give this lounge in Munich's Bayerischer Hof hotel the feel of a fantasy forest landscape.

Nature-inspired hotel by Jouin Manku features an organic fireplace

Patrick Jouin and Sanjit Manku of Jouin Manku designed the lounge on the sixth floor of the Bayerischer Hof hotel, along with an adjacent restaurant and a private dining room.

Nature-inspired hotel by Jouin Manku features an organic fireplace

A funnel-shaped chimney drops down from the ceiling of the lounge to cover an elliptical stone fireplace, which is surrounded by curving benches.

Nature-inspired hotel by Jouin Manku features an organic fireplace

Porcelain ribs encircling the base of the chimney also feature on the front of the curving bar and create surfaces with constantly shifting reflections.

Nature-inspired hotel by Jouin Manku features an organic fireplace

Alcoves containing benches interrupt the pale green walls that complement the stone flooring and furniture made from wood and leather.

Nature-inspired hotel by Jouin Manku features an organic fireplace

A restaurant next to the lounge features alcoves containing benches with undulating three-dimensional back panels carved from aerated concrete to suggest a mountainous scene.

Nature-inspired hotel by Jouin Manku features an organic fireplace

"Patrick Jouin and Sanjit Manku's idea was to offer guests views even inside the room, recreating a natural landscape and fantasy all at once," the designers explained.

Nature-inspired hotel by Jouin Manku features an organic fireplace

Lighting hidden in the curving folds of the surfaces illuminates their topographical shape, based on "a mineral horizon made ​​of stone and snow which appears to be carved into the rock."

Nature-inspired hotel by Jouin Manku features an organic fireplace

A terrace connected to the restaurant provides additional dining space with views across the city towards the distant mountains.

Nature-inspired hotel by Jouin Manku features an organic fireplace

Louvred panels on the ceiling conceal lighting and are arranged in a staggered formation that leads towards the windows.

Nature-inspired hotel by Jouin Manku features an organic fireplace

Supporting beams made from American walnut continue over the walls to enhance the natural feel of the space.

Nature-inspired hotel by Jouin Manku features an organic fireplace

Between the dining room and the lounge is an area dedicated to buffets, with two rounded service areas standing on a concrete floor beneath a copper ceiling that evokes traditional cooking pans.

Nature-inspired hotel by Jouin Manku features an organic fireplace

Jouin Manku designed a further room located on the seventh floor called the Bird's Nest, set to open later in the spring. It will house a single dining table for private events with a view across the city.

Nature-inspired hotel by Jouin Manku features an organic fireplace

Photography is by Nicolas Matheus.

Nature-inspired hotel by Jouin Manku features an organic fireplace

  • Eynak East

    A future scene set in the 60s dream, it’s gleaming, beaming, brass finishes with glass stylishness. These images are beyond classlessness.

    Louvered panels to house us mammals in comfort and style, me and my man Kyle could sit here for a while with a smile ear to ear, might cost us dear but no fear when the East is dropping dollar, just go shy on my next collar.

    I’ll give it up to the Manku massive, he’s probably not aggressive, just gently progressive with a pallet of colour calming miles from alarming, it’s all a tad disarming.