The Spa of Unconscious Desires

Touched by Design, Mondrian Hotel, 19 September 2017

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The Spa of Unconscious Desires - Touched by Design,
Mondrian Hotel, 19 September 2017

This London Design Festival 2017 will see an exciting collaboration between Bompas & Parr and Mondrian London, the launch a one-off, late-night spa experience that showcases emerging design talent and explores an antithesis to the conventional world of wellness.

The fully curated spa evening at agua Bathhouse & Spa – Mondrian London’s much celebrated Spa Playground – will push the boundaries between comfort, fear and disgust, submerging guests into a new interpretation of beauty and relaxation by playing with the predictable norms of spa treatments.

The selection of treatments are centred around a collection of bespoke spa-inspired design objects that have been specially produced by emerging design talent Lucy Hardcastle, Method Studio, Edible Stories and Lyon & Lyon to amplify feelings of discomfort and encourage guests to indulge in their alter ego shadow selves.

The Spa of Unconscious Desires will begin with a guided meditation session accompanied by a curated selection of food and drink - also inspired by unconscious desires - designed by Mondrian London’s award-winning cocktail consultant, Ryan Chetiyawardana.


By choosing an object, a number will be revealed, leading guests to a treatment room. Treatments on offer include:

Guests experience total darkness as they are cocooned in a whole body wrap, coupled with an immersive monologue by Lucy Hardcastle and accompanied by a design object that encapsulates the sensory deprivation that will be felt during the treatment. The Shadow Wrap is combined with a muscle-melting scalp treatment for total relaxation. Additionally, guests will also be able to consume their before and after treatment ‘self’ through an edible object created by Edible Stories.

Visitors will self-apply mud masks using a textured mirror designed by Edible Stories and manufactured from ‘melting metal’. Guests will leave the mask on for 15  minutes in the steam room, then in the shower use a specially designed ‘dirt soap’, conceptualised by Lyon & Lyon, on their body in a move that blurs the lines between beauty and grotesque.

A group activity where rituals developed by Mesoamerican shamans are practised to rid the body of toxins. Guests then get to break their toxin-filled egg to symbolically crush the negativity out of their lives.

Volcanic stones are used to create an individual seismic sound bath, during which Lyon & Lyon have conceptualised a stone object designed to be placed over the ears during the massage: the grating of the material impacts on the senses and amplifies sound, creating an intense and claustrophobic world of sound.

Guests will receive manicures colour-matched to their mood and their choice of cocktail  to induce a heightened emotional state where more is more.


As part of the experience, each guest will receive three micro treatments, along with a choice of two beverages complete with a palate-matching dish. 



The Spa of Unconscious Desires
agua Bathhouse & Spa at Mondrian London,
20 Upper Ground,
London SE1 9PD

Tuesday 19 September
6.30pm - 9pm

£80 per person

Buy your ticket here