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Updating a Legend

Updating a Legend

Copenhagen’s SAS Royal Hotel ranks as one of the landmarks of corporate modernism. Sadly, its famous interiors, designed by Arne Jacobsen, were all removed with the exception of one room, number 606. This intact Jacobsen interior has become a destination for design devotees from around the world, and commands a premium rate at the hotel, now a Radisson Blu.

As part of his design for the hotel, Jacobsen designed a suite of chairs—the Egg, Swan, Drop, and Pot chairs for the public areas, lounges, and rooms—all of which are still produced by the Danish manufacturer, Fritz Hansen. Working with Radisson, Fritz Hansen has supported the redesign of another room, 506, to revive some of the hotel’s reputation for high design. The Spanish designer Jaime Hayon has reinterpreted Jacobsen’s more restrained space to create a contemporary room with a distinctly residential feel.

 

Hayon upholstered one of Jacobsen’s Drops in furry fabric, creating an unexpected contrast between the Dane’s streamlined designs and his own more playful aesthetics. He used one of his own Ro chairs, which is a similar scale and feel as an Egg chair. And throughout the space Hayon used round forms and rounded corners in contrast to Jacobsen’s more rectilinear room.

“I have created bespoke designs just for this room, always in reflection of our shared principles of working with the best materials and aiming for simplicity and maximum comfort,” said Hayon in a statement. Like 606, Room 506 is a available at a higher price of 735 euros per night.


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