The Kameha Grand Zurich Hotel, Autograph Collection's first property in Switzerland, is set to launch its “Space Suite” this October. Designed by German artist Michael Najjar, the suites will have a zero gravity bed and steam bath with artistic views into space.
Najjar underwent intensive cosmonaut training in Russia, and is the first contemporary artist in space as one of Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic Pioneer Astronauts.
The idea behind the “Space Suite” is to immerse guests – who will also be called “crew members” – in the atmosphere of a space station. The suits will have an automated female voice inspired by John Carpenter’s science fiction film “Dark Star” to welcome the crew member in eight different variations, spotlights inspired by rocket engines and a space glove where crew members can place their phones or keycards.
The bed will also be designed in a way to look like it is floating, while the mattress is shaped as a black rectangle to reflect the monolith from “2011: A Space Odyssey.” The bath will have a small window with a view into space and down on Earth. There will also be an iPod, library and Apple TV filled with information in German and English related to the topic of space.
Najjar’s artistic influence will also be seen in four acrylic platforms holding mock-ups of rockets and spaceships and three artworks by Najjar himself.