Recently we’ve been admiring Nobis Hotel Copenhagen, a new hotel in a grand 1903 building that once housed the Royal Danish Conservatory of Music. In renovating it, renowned Swedish architect Gert Wingårdh and his team at Wingårdh Arkitekter maintained the shell (opulent molding, high ceilings, chevron-patterned floors) and added Swedish and Danish furniture, a palette of blues, greens, and grays; marble, and concrete. The result is “a masterclass in marrying old and new,” minimalist fittings in a maximalist interior. Here are ideas to take note of.
1. Embrace a maximalist shell.
2. Use unexpected materials.
3. Don’t always add.
4. Consider color palettes.
5. Mix clean-lined furniture with old-world interiors.