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November 20, 2018

Hotel Series: Hotel Alexandra, Copenhagen

 

Like a library exhibiting the works of the greatest Danish designers, Hotel Alexandra, Copenhagen, pays tribute to the talents that shaped the history of modern design. Showcasing unique vintage furniture inside its rooms and suites, the hotel covers a decade of iconic Danish design: the flamboyant 1960s.

When general manager Jeppe Muhlhausen took over the family run property in 2001, he decided to embrace the Nation’s Design Heritage and revive the Danish Moderns. “I wanted every space to pay tribute to some of our brightest design minds and offer guests the possibility to stay in a room that would be completely furnishes with vintage design references and collectibles: Hans Wegner, Finn Juhl, Arne Jacobsen, Borge Mogensen, Nanna Ditzel, Verner Panton… we had them all lined up!”. And as the story unfolded, Danes started taking part in reviving their heritage: “One day, Hanne Wilhelm Hansen – Finn Juhl’s widow – even reached out to offer ‘their’ bed. She said: ‘we slept in it throughout our marriage; maybe you could use it at the hotel? You would just need to insure it’”. And so we did”, Muhlhausen recalls. “Back then, the Finn Juhl designed bed was only worth 250,000 DKK (a little less than 37,000 euros), but when she died the Finn Juhl Estate placed it back in Hanne’s room, inside Finn Juhl’s House in Ordrupgaard”.

Today, Hotel Alexandra is definitely a place once stays to travel back to glorious design times.

by Clara Le Fort