Lavandaria Morinha: A Modern Laundrette in Portugal ♦ Located in the municipality of Amarante, Lavandaria Morinha is a laundrette that includes a service area for garment alterations, repairs, dry cleaning, and ironing. Join Secrets From Portugal and discover everything!
The Design studio Stu.dere looked into traditional washing methods to create the interior of this laundrette in northern Portugal, which features marble and green-tile surfaces.
Although the space has a contemporary, pared-back aesthetic, Stu.dere were loosely inspired by washhouses – communal buildings where members of the public would wash their clothes, which were prevalent during the 17th and 18th centuries.
According to Stu.dere, the aim was to create a harmonious, simple, yet elegant environment that would translate the duality between tradition and modernity, where people would feel comfortable using the space.
Washing machines line the laundrette’s entryway. They sit close to a row of marble tables and timber chairs where visitors can relax while they wait for laundry to be done. Here a vending machine with snacks and drinks has been inset into the wall, beside a red neon sign that states the laundrette’s name.
Dotted throughout the space are a handful of porthole windows that mimic the shape of a washing machine drum. The gridded metal door that leads to the service area is also meant to reflect the formation of the tiles across the wall.
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