A re­newed icon

The ho­tel- ma­ni­fe­sto de­si­gned by Ar­ne Ja­cob­sen in the Da­ni­sh ca­pi­tal in 1960, mo­der­ni­sed by Spa­ce Copenhagen. Wel­co­me to the Ra­dis­son Col­lec­tion Royal Ho­tel

ELLE Decor (Italy) - - Inside Design/ Tessuti - by Va­len­ti­na Rag­gi

A jewel of mo­dern ar­chi­tec­tu­re, the Ra­dis­son Col­lec­tion Royal Ho­tel was crea­ted by Ar­ne Ja­cob­sen in 1960. Over the years the struc­tu­re and its na­me ha­ve been gra­dual­ly mo­der­ni­sed, as and when re­qui­red, up un­til the re­cent de­ci­sion to go for a full re­sty­ling. But ta­king on the work of a giant li­ke the Da­ni­sh ar­chi­tect/ de­si­gner was no mean feat. “This buil­ding is a ma­ni­fe­sto. Half of Ar­ne Ja­cob­sen’s design work was com­ple­ted he­re”, ex­plains Pe­ter Bund­gaard Rü­tzou who, to­ge­ther wi­th Si­gne Bind­slev Hen­rik­sen is the crea­ti­ve soul of the Spa­ce Copenhagen stu­dio ap­poin­ted to re­sty­le the ho­tel. The duo don­ned kid glo­ves to work on the pro­ject, in­tent on lin­king the old struc­tu­re wi­th vi­sions of con­tem­po­ra­ry in­te­riors, whi­le at the sa­me ti­me en­han­cing the spi­rit and al­lu­re of the hi­sto­ric design. To do so, they en­li­sted the ser­vi­ces of an im­por­tant part­ner: Fri­tz Han­sen. This hi­sto­ri­cal com­pa­ny whi­ch ma­nu­fac­tu­res the pie­ces by AJ ac­cep­ted the chal­len­ge to uphol­ster the chairs in the ho­tel in vel­vet, in­clu­ding the bestsel­lers Egg and Swan, but al­so con­cei­ved fi­ve Si­gna­tu­re Sui­tes fea­tu­ring bo­th hi­sto­ri­cal and cur­rent pie­ces from its own ca­ta­lo­gue. “Ar­ne Ja­cob­sen is an im­por­tant part of our he­ri­ta­ge and we wan­ted to show the mo­dern ap­peal of his work in­tert­wi­ned wi­th that of our de­si­gners to­day”, ex­plains Ch­ri­stian An­der­sen, head of design in the com­pa­ny.

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