Copenhagen, October 6, 2014 – When the Radisson Blu Royal Hotel (then SAS Royal Hotel), opened in 1960, it was in many ways a first. It was the first skyscraper in Copenhagen. It was the first hotel of the now global hotel chain Radisson Blu. And not least, it was the world’s first design hotel.
The visionary behind the hotel, legendary Danish designer Arne Jacobsen, designed the now iconic hotel and everything in it: from the facade to the hotel bathrooms and from the cutlery used in the hotel restaurant to the now equally legendary furniture, such as the Egg, the Swan and the Drop chairs. While the hotel has undergone several changes since, one room, number 606, remains exactly as Jacobsen designed it in 1960. In recognition of its creator, Radisson Blu Royal Hotel, Copenhagen is now redesigning Room 506 in tribute to Arne Jacobsen in collaboration with Spanish designer Jaime Hayon, which shares with Jacobsen the same passion for extraordinary craftsmanship and a clear aesthetic expression.
“Radisson Blu Royal Hotel, Copenhagen is the first design hotel in the world, with everything from top to toe designed by Arne Jacobsen. To this day, one of our most popular rooms is still number 606, which is kept entirely in its timeless design. With Fritz Hansen’s re-launch of the Drop Chair, which we have had the pleasure of housing for more than 50 years, we thought it was essential to extend this tribute to Arne Jacobsen by giving room 506 to Hayon to re-design in Jacobsen’s legendary style. At the same time, Room 506 gives our guests yet another possibility of a hotel stay with an unparalleled high-end design experience and a celebration of Scandinavian heritage,” says Roy Al Kappenberger, General Manager of Radisson Blu Royal Hotel, Copenhagen.
Roy Al Kappenberger, the General Manager since 2008, is a legend on his own. He is son to Alberto Kappenberger, the first General Manager of the hotel for 26 years. Roy Al Kappenberger lived with his family on the 20th floor of the Radisson Blu Royal Hotel and he started his career as an hotelier at an early age of five as piccolo.
It was Roy Kappenberger’s father who commissioned Arne Jacobsen to design the hotel and they worked together during the four year construction phase.
Hayon follows in the footsteps of his main inspiration
While many of Jacobsen’s designs have been selling successfully and are widely celebrated worldwide, the Drop chair was made exclusively for the hotel in 1960 and never put into production. In the spring of 2014, however, Danish design powerhouse Republic of Fritz Hansen re-launched the Drop char in new contemporary colours. The Spanish designer, Jaime Hayon, who is famous for finding his inspiration in the works of Arne Jacobsen, and is dedicated to the same timeless and simplistic style, was chosen to pay tribute to his architectural idol by re-designing room 506 – directly beneath iconic Room 606.
“The aesthetic of Arne Jacobsen is one of the greatest inspirations for my designs, so when I got the opportunity to redesign his iconic Drop Chair to accompany my Analog table, I was very honoured. But I feel that with Room 506, I have been given the most unique chance to step in his footsteps and give my own contribution to the world’s first design hotel, which stands as a testament to his design ideas. So I am very, very proud to be a part of this,” says Jaime Hayon.
The cornerstone of Radisson Blu’s global design ambition
The iconic Copenhagen hotel carries the global Radisson Blu brand, which today is part of the Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group. While many new Radisson Blu hotels have been built since 1960, the hotel and the approach to design is still a legend of contemporary design in the company and the hotel industry worldwide. To this day, all new hotels are designed in close cooperation with the world’s top architects and designers with a focus on making the hotels stand out as iconic, stylish and sophisticated as Arne Jacobsen’s masterpiece in Copenhagen.
“Today, there are more than 280 Radisson Blu hotels around the world, but the Royal Hotel was our first and most iconic hotel. To date, it remains a design legend and an important landmark in our company’s history. Re-designing Room 506 as a tribute to Arne Jacobsen reflects our global ambition to combine iconic and stylish design aesthetic and high-end service in offering our guests the best possible hotel experience. I am proud that after more than 50 years, the Radisson Blu Royal Hotel continues to set the bar in the hospitality industry,” says Thomas Engelhart, Area Vice President for Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group in the Nordics.
The new Room 506 is revealed today by Roy Al Kappenberger and Jaime Hayon, and will soon be open for reservations. Like its iconic upstairs neighbour, Room 606, the room will be open for guests to come and stay.
About Radisson Blu®
Radisson Blu® is one of the world’s leading brands with more than 275 hotels in operation in 62 countries. The brand’s vibrant, contemporary and engaging hospitality is characterized by a unique Yes I Can!SM service philosophy, and all of its first class hotels offer a range of signature features that are empathetic to the challenges of modern travel, including the 100% Satisfaction Guarantee. Distinguished the world over as the brand with HOTELS DESIGNED TO SAY YES!TM, Radisson Blu offers a vivid visual celebration of leading-edge style where the delight is in the detail. Radisson Blu hotels are located in prime locations in major cities, airport gateways and leisure destinations across the world.
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About Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group
Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group is one of the world’s largest and most dynamic hotel groups. The Carlson Rezidor portfolio includes more than 1,350 hotels and 180,000 rooms in operation and under development with a footprint spanning over 105 countries and territories and a powerful set of global brands including Quorvus Collection, Radisson Blu®, Radisson®, Radisson Red, Park Plaza®, Park Inn® by Radisson and Country Inns & Suites By CarlsonSM. In most hotels, guests can benefit from Club CarlsonSM, one of the most rewarding loyalty programs in the world. Carlson Rezidor and its brands employ 88,000 people.
Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group is headquartered in Minneapolis, Minn.,Brussels and Belgium.