The History of Iconic Design

The History of Iconic Design

When the Radisson Collection Hotel, Royal Copenhagen (then the SAS Royal Hotel), opened in 1960, it was in many ways a first. It was the first skyscraper in Copenhagen, the highest building in Scandinavia at that time, and the world’s first design hotel.

A hotel rooted in design history

Designed by the Danish architect Arne Jacobsen in 1955. Arne Jacobsen was very productive both as an architect (some of his buildings include the SAS Royal Hotel, St. Catherine's College, Rødovre City Hall and the Danish National Bank amongst others) and as a furniture designer (The Ant™, Series 7™, the Lily™, the Egg™ & the Swan™ and the Oxford™).

Jacobsen's ‘Gesamtkunstwerk’

What made the Radisson Collection Hotel, Royal Copenhagen ahead of its time was Jacobsen’s idea to be involved in the design throughout the entire hotel. From the exterior façade to the stainless-steel cutlery used in the restaurant and the Swan™ and Egg™ chairs gracing the lobby – everything was designed by the famous Danish architect. In fact, the hotel is often referred to as Jacobsen's ‘Gesamtkunstwerk’ or ‘total work of art’. 
A single room has been kept in the original design as a sort of ‘living museum’ to the great architect and designer. It has all of the original furniture and wood panels on the wall. What’s even better is that this room, number 606, is still available for booking for those who want to get up close and personal with design history.

The iconic 606 room

 So what makes the 606 so unique? This room is a lovingly preserved ‘time capsule’ of Jacobsen’s modern design and a showplace for some of his most well-known products, including his “Egg™,” “Swan™,” and “Drop™” chairs. The room even includes some of the furniture meant for the SAS air terminal spaces, like the “3300™” couch.
Not only did Jacobsen carefully consider the aesthetics of his design, but of its functionality as well. For example, the bedside tables have two heights and the lamps are all positioned on tracks that allow our guests to move them to where they need them most.

Experiencing true Arne Jacobsen design at the Radisson Collection Hotel, Royal Copenhagen

 Can’t manage to book room 606? Don’t worry, design devotees! There’s still plenty of Jacobsen’s design touches scattered about the common areas of the Radisson Collection Hotel, Royal Copenhagen. The lobby especially is a treasure trove of design icons with its signature spiral staircase, conversation circles of “Egg™” and “Swan™” chairs, and mid-century bar.
The entire hotel was designed with the intent to stand out and has become an iconic Copenhagen landmark, welcoming you to the exceptional.
Book a room at Radisson Collection Hotel, Royal Copenhagen and discover the exceptional design for yourself.

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