Enter The Spa of Unconscious Desires with Bompas & Parr

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Join Mondrian London and Bompas & Parr for a one-off, late-night spa experience that showcases emerging design talent and explores an antithesis to the conventional world of wellness

It’s time for a massage with an arty twist. Taking place as part of the London Design Festival, 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.

Spa lounge

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

Along with the spa experiences, try a group 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.

Treatments include:

1 Shadow Wrap
Guests experience total darkness as they are cocooned in a 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.

2 Veil of Terra
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 before washing it off in the rain showers. A specially designed ‘dirt soap’, conceptualised by Lyon & Lyon, will be displayed here, that blurs the lines between beauty and grotesque.

3 Shamanic Egg Healing 
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.

4 Magma Massage
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.

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

Make it happen
When: Tuesday 19 September, 6.30pm – 9pm
Where: agua Bathhouse & Spa at Mondrian London, 20 Upper Ground, London SE1 9PD
Tickets: £80 per person, click here to book.

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