The Royal Hotel, commissioned by the Scandinavian airline company SAS and located in the centre of Copenhagen, is one of the Danish architect Arne Jacobsen’s most significant projects. He worked on it for five years, from 1956 to 1961, and designed everything—from the building to its furniture, lamps, textiles, door handles etc. Even the salt and pepper shakers for the restaurant on the 20th floor bears his fingerprint. The hotel is thus both a precursor on Danish grounds of the concept “total design”, and, with its 70 meters, the first high-rise building in Copenhagen.
The decoration of the hotel rooms was based on a system with wall panels on which tables and drawer units, dressing tables, luggage shelves, radios and lamps could be mounted. The mounting of the furniture with steel brackets directly on the walls resulted in a light, almost floating furnishing and gave the impression of a spacious and less compact layout because of the larger floor surface. The storage system in the rooms was based on a basic cubic module used for both bedside tables, drawers and dressing tables. It was made in an original combination of the exclusive chocolate colored wood wengé and the more industrial formica that is made from laminated, composite materials. The modular storage system in the rooms was contrasted by the organic shapes of the iconic chairs that Jacobsen designed for both the hotel lobby and the rooms, such as the Egg, the Drop and the Swan.
The hotel reopened in 2001 after a thorough restoration during which the original interior designed by Jacobsen was taken down and replaced. One of the rooms, the famous room 606, has been preserved and can be visited as a museum room and is a homage to one of Denmark’s most accomplished and renowned architects.
At the second TEFAF New York Spring exhibition we display a collection of drawer units from the original interior at the hotel together with other significant materpieces of Nordic design, among these handmade rugs by the Swedish company Märta Måås- Fjetterström and important ligtings by Poul Henningsen.
We hope to see you at booth #40 at the Park Avenue Armory.