A beautiful naturistic retreat located in the woodland of East Sussex. The Looking Glass Lodge is a wellness eco-lodge which combines sustainable design with a relaxing space away from the hustle and bustle of city life.
The interior design takes inspiration from biophilic elements which reflects the naturistic and sustainable ethos of the Looking Glass Lodge. Natural materials are combined to create a sense of harmony between architecture and the natural environment. From the off set nature is prominent with the Looking Glass Lodge, cedar wood and steel are used for the exterior of the pod surrounded by beautiful woodland of the Mallydams Wood Wildlife Centre.
The beautiful interior design is characterised by natural resources, muted colour palettes and minimalist decor. We are delighted to supply this outstanding project with a range of fittings and fixtures including the Pod Freestanding Stone Bath. The unique, curvaceous silhouette offers luxury indulgence and is beautifully crafted from natural stone resin. Sat by floor-to-ceiling windows that allow you to take in the spectacular view of the reserve. Our gunmetal floorstanding tap and matte black brassware complement our stone bath and basins throughout the Looking Glass Lodge.
Can you give us some background on Looking Glass Lodge and your initial inspirations for its interior design?
We are lucky enough to live in a peaceful spot on the edge of Mallydams Wood Wildlife Centre & Nature Reserve, near Hastings, which Rik’s parents established for the RSPCA in the 1960s.
In 2018 we started to think how wonderful it would be if we could share this beautiful location by building a unique lodge for guests to completely relax and immerse themselves within the woodland.
Biophilic principles were of utmost importance to us when designing the lodge. Through this, our intention has been to create a closer connection to nature through the way the lodge has been built, using natural resources to create a sense of harmony between the architecture and the natural world. We took our colour palette from the surrounding woodland and brought it into the space. We really wanted everything within the lodge to be textured as you would find in nature. We have worked hard to match luxury with sustainable, green credentials, and new technology. The lodge has been sensitively built by local craftsmen, and inside it has a warm and welcoming feel with all the home comforts you could need.
When designing the bathrooms what was your main aim and where did you source inspiration?
Our main aim for the bathroom design was for it to sit comfortably against the backdrop of the many trees that surround the lodge. We needed something that was elegant and striking without clashing with the natural environment that is on display from all angles. Inspiration, as it has been for the whole lodge was drawn from our beautiful part of the UK with its dramatic cliff lines, stoney beaches and lush woodland.
What was it that made you choose Lusso?
When we started looking into the bathroom design it very quickly became obvious that Lusso stood out from the crowd. Initially, it was the design that drew us to Lusso but after unpacking we realised how tactile everything was with a really solid feeling of quality.
What is your favourite Lusso product you have used throughout the lodge?
The bath was a really important part of the design and had to have the right feel to sit alongside the dramatic backdrop of the Coast Redwood and Larch Trees that surround the lodge. The Pod bath really stood out as having a natural, pebble like quality, tying in with our coastal location. It has a fantastic texture and is impossible to walk past without reaching out to touch it!