The Royal Copenhagen Hotel by Arne Jacobsen
When Arne Jacobsen—considered 1 of the fathers of Danish modernism—was employed by Scandinavian Airline Units (SAS) to structure a lodge in central Copenhagen, no element went unnoticed. Opened in 1960, the lodge is Jacobsen’s Gesamtkunstwerk—total do the job of art—for which he designed all the things appropriate down to the silverware in the restaurant. Indeed, his well-known Swan, Egg, and Drop chairs ended up made specially for the resort. It’s now operated by Radisson as the Radisson Assortment Royal Hotel, and was refreshed by Area Copenhagen in 2018.
Morgans Lodge by Andrée Putman
Boutique motels are ubiquitous now, but Morgans Hotel in New York Metropolis ushered in the craze for tiny, style and design-ahead inns in trendy city neighborhoods when it opened in 1984. Dreamed up by Ian Schrager and Steve Rubell, who tapped French designer Andrée Putman for the interiors, Morgans epitomized pared-down magnificence with a contact of the unconventional (contemplate the black-and-white checkerboard loos). The resort shut in 2017 and was transformed into micro-apartments.
Delano South Seashore by Philippe Starck
Also conceived by Ian Schrager, the Delano in South Seashore opened in 1995 with an *Alice in Wonderland–*impressed style and design by Philippe Starck. In distinction to the rather sober Morgans, the Delano’s layout is all about playful type that borders on the surreal. Just take the oversized Starck couch and crystal piano in the foyer, the gold Leda chair sculpted with high-heeled feet by Salvador Dalí, and the wooden Calvet armchair by Antoni Gaudí as proof. In contrast, the rooms bear a monochromatic white-on-white plan.