JW Marriott Kolkata
The brand new JW Marriott Hotel in India is adorned with light fixtures produced by the Czech company Sans Souci. So as to become part of the first hotel of the world-renowned chain in Kolkata and the surrounding region, they had to travel over eight thousand kilometres. This is the distance you would have to cross to the Nový Bor region in northern Bohemia, where the light fixtures had been produced in their entirety. It is a place where the world-famous tradition of glass-making has been kept alive for eight centuries and from where light fixtures travel to the most luxurious destinations all over the world.
The new JW Marriott Hotel has opted for natural elegance produced by the gentle shades of white and natural brown. The same style is honoured by the light fixtures in all the public spaces, which are modern and visually simple, yet very impressive. They have been intentionally imprinted with the purist beauty of clear crystal – a transparent material that looks great in combination with cuts or optical surface patterns.
As soon as you enter the hotel lobby, your attention will be caught by a crystal braid spanning twenty-one metres and weighting 650 kilograms. It is made up of 40 metal rings of different sizes which are equipped with LED strips and interlaced with cut pendants. An incredible 8000 cut prisms were needed to produce the rings. However, the light fixtures are not the only glass features in the lobby. The remarkable skills of Czech glass-makers are also attested by the five-metre glass panels separating meeting and office spaces in an innovative way. They are decorated with sandblasted floral motifs lined with machine cut stones, and illuminated by LED sources placed in the outer frames.
The beauty of Czech crystal can be experienced elsewhere in the hotel as well. The pre-function rooms are interspersed with multiple waves, the longest of which spans twelve metres. Each wave is made up of several hundred leaves, all of them of hand-blown glass. A few more steps take you to Sangham – the Grand Ballroom, where Czech light fixtures will look down on you as you exchange your vows or attend one of the many conferences. While doing so, you may take notice of the paisley-inspired patterns, where a single light fixture consists of five thousand transparent prisms. The original form of the reinvented component has accompanied classical light fixtures since time immemorial. The new form offers an alternative for modern lighting installations as the simple geometric shape and cut edges are ideal for freestyle design when upscaled to giant proportions. Compared to the original dimensions, its size can be multiplied tenfold, which offers an enticing possibility of combining light fixtures into patterns and imbuing them with new decorative features unusually visible only from below.