The iconic chairs of Arne Jacobsen,
60 years on

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Ian Schrager and Phillippe Starck are often credited as the forefathers of the boutique hotel movement, but the first design-driven hotel was actually the fruit of a different collaboration, between the Danish designer and architect Arne Jacobsen and the furniture manufacturer Fritz Hansen, who were tasked between 1956 and 1960 with the creation of the SAS Royal Hotel in Copenhagen. Commissioned by Scandinavian Airlines to create a Danish design showcase to welcome foreign visitors, Jacobsen designed every aspect of the hotel, from the grey glass façade down to the stainless-steel cutlery in the restaurant.  Continue reading “The iconic chairs of Arne Jacobsen, 60 years on”

Wednesday, February 21st, 2018

A new German talk series asks the big questions

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Korbinian Kohler, the man behind Hotel Bachmair Weissach on Lake Tegernsee near Munich, always envisioned his hotel as a social and cultural hub. So it’s a natural progression for him to launch Korbinians Kolleg, a symposium and lecture series that kicked off at Bachmair Weissach in October and aims to tackle some of the major questions of our time. Continue reading “A new German talk series asks the big questions”

Sunday, January 7th, 2018

Three days in Lisbon, fully focused

Check out this newly released video from Arena*, our annual Design Hotels member conference, which took place in Lisbon at the end of September—for the first time at two different locations: the grand Teatro Nacional de São Carlos and the Museu Nacional dos Coches, with various meals and get-togethers at member hotel Memmo Príncipe Real, MAAT Museum of Art and Technology, and celebrated restaurants Bica do Sapato and Bairro do Avillez. Continue reading “Three days in Lisbon, fully focused”

Wednesday, December 20th, 2017