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A Finnish Spa by Way of Portland, OR


A Finnish Spa by Way of Portland, OR

October 1, 2013

Löyly is the Finnish word for the steam that rises up when water is poured over hot sauna rocks–it’s also the apt name of a stylish spa located in southeast Portland, Oregon.

Owner Jessica Kelso was inspired by the sauna culture of Scandinavia when she created Löyly; working with architect Brendon Farrell, Kelso created a serene sanctuary featuring a polished concrete floor, simple red lockers, and stainless sinks. Prices are reasonable, massages and facials are available by appointment, and there’s a tiny adjacent bar offering tea as well as wine and beer; go to Löyly for more information.

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Above: Bare bulb pendant lights and benches made from compacted plywood in the dressing area.

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Above: Repeating circular mirrors and sconces over an industrial trough sink.

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Above: An open-air rinse-off shower outside the saunas. Löyly’s motto is “Better living through radiance!”

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Above L: The industrial shower fixture mimics a rain shower. Above R: Reminders to relax are painted along the hallway walls.

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Above L: Rediscovered basics: red lockers and a galvanized tin trash can. Above R: Dr. Hauschka skin care products are used in treatments, and add ons, such as face masks and body salts, are available for sauna visitors.

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Above: Facilities include a cedar sauna (shown), wet steam room, relaxation area, showers, and a locker room.

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Above: Locker padlocks and bench seating in the relaxation area. 

N.B.: This post is an update; the original story ran on August 2, 2010.

For more sauna inspiration, see A Modern Spa in Finland. And explore how you can bring the aesthetic home at 10 Architect-Designed Spa Bathrooms.

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