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Arne Jacobsen and the S.A.S. Royal Hotel


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Decades before the likes of Jonathan Adler were bedecking chic hotels with their designer touches, there was Arne Jacobsen (1902-1971). Jacobsen was a pioneering Danish architect who designed every last detail of the S.A.S. Royal Hotel in Copenhagen, Denmark. He even designed two chairs that went onto become modern icons, the Swan Chair and the Egg Chair for the lobby in 1958.

While many hotels tend to update and remodel periodically, the remodel of the S.A.S. Royal Copenhagen that occurred in the early 1980s was especially tragic. Well, not tragic for those who scored the original Swan and Egg chairs, which were not yet coveted by people the way they are today. Apparently, the hotel gave them away for a song. Fortunately, they did preserve one room, room 606. You have a good chance of scoring this room or at least getting a peek inside if you ask ahead of time (the hotel is now a Radisson). Flickr member Niquinho posted this great shot of room 606. How great is that aqua? It’s all very Don Draper-esque. Well, if Don Draper was Danish.

Room 606 SAS Royal Hotel Copenhagen

A more recent renovation honors Jacobsen’ legacy in a fresh way, with smart, contemporary spaces that give Danish modern style a big nod and incorporate the Jacobsen classics. In fact, I read somewhere that they spent about $500,000 snapping up a slew of licensed Swan and Egg chairs for this much-improved remodel. Here two Swan Chairs prove their versatility, serving as versatile occasional/office/dining chairs in a hotel room:

Two inviting Egg Chairs and ottomans in moss green provide great perches for reading the paper, catching a catnap or chatting with a colleague:

The new grand lobby enchants as its predecessor did during it’s grand debut over fifty years ago:

Planning a trip? Book a room here.

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  1. liondragoncustom says:

    July 29th, 2012 at 6:20 am (#)

    Love the green one!Good design!

  2. Alyson says:

    July 31st, 2012 at 7:15 am (#)

    Thanks for the eye candy!

  3. Camille says:

    August 13th, 2012 at 11:37 am (#)

    OMG! I’ve been to that hotel, but had no idea it was such an iconic place. Thanks for the interesting info!

  4. Peter says:

    August 14th, 2012 at 2:48 am (#)

    I chose Arne Jacobson as my letter J for a series of articles I write for my blog about the A to Z of Interior Design.

    Thanks for posting these images of his orginal interiors, I hadn’t realized he’d designed the Swan and Egg chairs specifically for the S.A.S. Royal Copenhagen. He really was all about the details.

    J is of Jacobsen:

  5. Annabelle says:

    July 28th, 2014 at 6:09 am (#)

    Thanks for finally writing about > Arne Jacobsen and the S.A.S.

    Royal Hotel | Hatch: The Design Public® Blog < Liked it!

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