Bringing history to life at Hotel Danmark

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The racing green façade makes the hotel stand out right away. Søren Brøchner-Mortensen, owner of Hotel Danmark, explains: “We're so happy that we had the courage to cover the façade with green tiles. It turns the building into a characteristic and beautiful house that people notice and hopefully remember.” When passing the doorstep you are welcomed by a luxurious lobby, an outside vineyard garden and a rooftop bar offering delicious cocktails with an amazing Copenhagen view on the side.
Clothing surfaces is the overall theme of the décor. The corridors feature velvet like walls crafted from an old Italian technique and soft carpet floorings reinterpreting mosaic tiles from Thorvaldsens Museum.

Thorvaldsens museum
Thorvaldsens Museum, from which Hotel Danmark has taken inspiration.
Corridors of Hotel Danmark, clearly inspired by the museum's mosaic tiles and brightly colored ceilings.  

Danish sculptor Bertel Thorvaldsen (1770-1844) represents the neoclassical period in most of his works with motifs from Greek mythology and portraits of religious and other important personalities. The decoration of Thorvaldsens Museum, and thereby the hotel corridor carpet designs, reflect the geographical locations that influenced Thorvaldsen's life. Grey and brown tones from weather-beaten driftwood and lava stone found on the shores of Iceland complete the understated mosaic patterns of the coarse knitted sweater.

In contrast, Copenhagen's bustling 18th century cityscape has inspired the multicoloured carpets mixing greens and browns with copper and brick shades. Walking through the hotel corridors guests discover how colours and patterns change from uninspiring dark and simple to bright, complex and finally refined expressions symbolising the artistic development of Thorvaldsen.

Gottlieb Bindesbøll (1800-1856) is the architect behind Thorvaldsens Museum. Bindesbøll got to know Thorvaldsen in Rome and made the first drawings for the museum. He combined a strong colour scheme with terrazzo, mosaic floors and Pompeiian decorated ceilings. The wall colours change from room to room creating a perfect backdrop to Thorvaldsen's white sculptures.

Entering the hotel rooms, a quite different experience awaits: Leather, marble, steel, fine textiles and loop pile carpets beautifully blend in interior settings with a strong and uncompromising Scandinavian design DNA.

The hotel rooms have a strong and uncompromising Scandinavian design DNA.

Check out our extensive guide to hotel carpets. 

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Written by Mette Frydensbjerg Jacobsen: Mette is Ege Carpets' fashion savvy communications expert. Her keen eye for the sweet spot between beautiful carpets and great stories makes her our favourite pick for inspiring you with Project of the Month.

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