Get Your Fix of Midcentury Scandinavian Design at This Copenhagen Hotel

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By Jennifer Baum Lagdameo / Published by Dwell
To say that Hotel Alexandra was dedicated to Danish midcentury design would be an understatement.

Located in Copenhagen just steps from the Tivoli Garden and City Hall Square, Hotel Alexandra is an authentic love letter to the greatest hits of Danish design. The retro-chic vibe hits you the moment you enter the lobby—and as they state on their website, staying at Hotel Alexandra feels like you're "staying with your Danish design-loving friend in Copenhagen." 

Originally built as luxury apartments, the 61-room hotel has been in operation for over 100 years and has amassed a large collection of vintage Danish-midcentury furniture in the process. Like a preserved time capsule, every detail has been accounted for. The handpicked pieces are displayed in rotation and showcased with style and care. If you book a stay in the Collector's Suites, the iconic furniture designs are even available for purchase. 

Get Your Fix of Midcentury Scandinavian Design at This Copenhagen Hotel - Photo 1 of 8 - Hotel Alexandra's midcentury influences become abundantly clear the moment you enter the lobby.

Hotel Alexandra's midcentury influences become abundantly clear the moment you enter the lobby.


Get Your Fix of Midcentury Scandinavian Design at This Copenhagen Hotel - Photo 2 of 8 - The mood is set with a Poet sofa and Pelican chair by Finn Juhl, vintage prints, and a coffee table from Tove and Edvard Kindt-Larsen. 

The mood is set with a Poet sofa and Pelican chair by Finn Juhl, vintage prints, and a coffee table from Tove and Edvard Kindt-Larsen. 


Get Your Fix of Midcentury Scandinavian Design at This Copenhagen Hotel - Photo 3 of 8 - "1970" Deluxe Room 

"1970" Deluxe Room 


Get Your Fix of Midcentury Scandinavian Design at This Copenhagen Hotel - Photo 4 of 8 - Standard Double "Danish Retro Room"

Standard Double "Danish Retro Room"


Get Your Fix of Midcentury Scandinavian Design at This Copenhagen Hotel - Photo 5 of 8 - Finn Juhl's Egyptian chair is paired with a Lady Writing Table by Hans J. Wegner. The desk lamp is by Arne Jacobsen.

Finn Juhl's Egyptian chair is paired with a Lady Writing Table by Hans J. Wegner. The desk lamp is by Arne Jacobsen.


Get Your Fix of Midcentury Scandinavian Design at This Copenhagen Hotel - Photo 6 of 8 - The Finn Juhl Deluxe Room boasts a Finn Juhl NV 53 Chair and NV 53 Sofa.

The Finn Juhl Deluxe Room boasts a Finn Juhl NV 53 Chair and NV 53 Sofa.


Get Your Fix of Midcentury Scandinavian Design at This Copenhagen Hotel - Photo 7 of 8 - Arne Jacobsen's Egg Chair

Arne Jacobsen's Egg Chair


Get Your Fix of Midcentury Scandinavian Design at This Copenhagen Hotel - Photo 8 of 8 -  A royal blue Panton 1-2-3 Lounge Chair completes the Collector's Suite. All of the furniture in this space is for sale. 

 A royal blue Panton 1-2-3 Lounge Chair completes the Collector's Suite. All of the furniture in this space is for sale. 

Shop Some of These Iconic Furnishings

Fritz Hansen Egg Chair
Fritz Hansen Egg Chair
Along with the birth of the Swan chair, Swan sofa, and Series 3300, Arne Jacobsen also created the Egg chair for the Royal Hotel in Copenhagen. When he was commissioned to design and furnish the entire project in 1958, he pulled out all the stops in order to create integrated and forward-thinking results. As one of the project’s most innovative designs, the Egg chair and foot stool was unexpected in a space that was filled with vertical and horizontal surfaces. The sculptural shape was first imagined in Jacobsen’s garage near Copenhagen, where he also designed the Swan for the lobby and reception areas of the hotel. The reclining and rotatable chair is made of a strong polyurethane foam inner shell that’s upholstered and reinforced with glass fibre. The tilt mechanism is made of steel sheet, steel tubing, and spring steel. Like Jacobsen's other designs, it's available in a wide range of fabrics and leathers.  Photo: Matthew Williams
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Finn Juhl Pelican Chair
Finn Juhl Pelican Chair
Though Finn Juhl designed the Pelican Chair in 1940, its graceful curves are arresting even by today's standards. Inspired by modern art and sculpture, the chair exhibits an organic shape with a human character, evidenced in the welcoming embrace of the seat back. Critics dismissed the design when it was first introduced, but the Pelican Chair has become iconic not just of Juhl's body of work, but also of Danish design as a whole. The upholstery is hand-sewn to the frame and comes available in a variety of fabrics and leathers ranging from subdued to bold hues—some colors have the added dimension of tufted buttons. Photo: Courtesy of Onecollection
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Finn Juhl Poet Sofa
Finn Juhl Poet Sofa
Finn Juhl designed the Poet Sofa for his own home in 1941. The open-plan design of his rural abode offered garden views from every room, an organic influence that can be seen in the subtle curvature of the sofa back and arms. Taking cues from surrealist art, Juhl's designs exhibited comfort, craftsmanship, and a respect for the materials used. The Poet Sofa—which got its nickname in 1959 after being featured in the Danish film The Poet and His Wife—is available in a variety of fabrics and leathers, and the legs come in several types of wood. Photo: Courtesy of Onecollection
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