Sunday, February 16, 2014

Inspiring Icons/ Arne Jacobsen for SAS Royal Hotel

Room 606, Image courtesy of Phaidon

Left: Egg Chair and Foot Stool designed by Arne Jacobsen, 1956, Right: Room 606

Left: Room 606, The book by Phaidon, Right: Room 606 

Left: Room 606
Right: Shaker base Coffee Table, 1968, designed by Arne Jacobsen for Fritz Hansen as seen in this room

Left: The Drop Chair, designed by Arne Jacobsen, 1958, Right: Seen in Room 606

Left: Flatware designed by Arne Jacobsen, 1957, designed for the hotel
Right: Cylinder Series, Designed in the 1960's, Manufactured by Stelton used in the hotel.

Left: The Royal SAS as it was in the 1960's
Right, Clockwise: Pot chair in tan leather (the original was a green wool fabric) , designed in 1959,
Chair Series 3300, in black leather, designed in 1956, Swan sofa, designed in 1956, All produced by Fritz Hansen 

Details of Room 606, Images courtesy of Phaidon 

Left: An early wall sconce version of what has become known as the AJ light
Right: the Foyer as it was back in the 1960's

Left: Detail of entrance, Right: Room 606, Images courtesy of Phaidon

The Giraffe Chair, designed 1957, surrounded by Arne Jacobsen designed fabrics

If there was a ever a room I would love to stay in it would be Room 606, designed by Arne Jacobsen at The Royal SAS Hotel now known as The Radisson Blu Royal Hotel. Situated in Copenhagen, Denmark, The hotel was built between 1956-61. Known as one of Arne Jacobsen's masterpieces, It was the city’s first skyscraper, a vision in sea-green glass and steel. He designed every last bit of the hotel including wallpaper, textiles, doorknobs, cutlery, lamps and featured his highly celebrated Swan and Egg chairs as well as lesser know chairs such as the Giraffe that was featured in the dining room, the Drop chair that was featured in the cafe/ snack bar and the Pot chair featured in the indoor winter garden. 

I respond largely to the blue and green palette with it's wood accents in the Room 606 which is the only Arne Jacobsen designed room left in it's original state in the hotel. This room has inspired the colors I personally like to live with and has been a huge source of inspiration for Studio Marcus Hay in general. I have been lucky to visit the original hotel and like to check in on my regular visits to Copenhagen, I only wish I was able finance a hotel re haul that would bring it back to to it's original design, In it's day it would have been magnificent. 

There is an excellent book by Phaidon that is now available in soft back, It gives a detailed account of the project and Arne's vision. 

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