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Scan Magazine | Design | Nordic Interior Architects: Ramsøskar AS
tel interiors we designed. It was fun staying there and great to still be happy with the outcome of my work,” he says. Escaping the everyday “I think the most important difference between designing private homes and hotels is that hotels are really all about being somewhere completely different than your everyday surroundings. It’s somewhere you go to escape completely,” Ramsøskar professes. “Growing up we couldn’t really afford to travel very often, but I remember vividly the magical feeling of staying at a hotel. It was about that dream of being far away from home.” It is one of life’s funny coincidences that Ramsøskar will soon be undertaking the renovation of one of the hotels that he was in awe of as a child – namely Trondheim’s distinguished Britannia Hotel. Although designing hotels allows a lot more freedom when it comes to adventurous interiors, it requires the same level
of functional planning as a home. “Ultimately, things have to work well with the needs of those using the space. A lot of the same factors are important to consider in both homes and hotels. For example, thinking about the number of people in a room and their habits, the best lighting if someone needs to stay up late or use the bathroom during the night, whether there is space to leave your jacket and keys as you come through the door. These are all things that we spend time analysing beforehand.” ‘People want to be provoked’ “One of the important things I learnt when working with Thon Hotel EU, was that people want to be provoked. I learnt to do the opposite of what people expected; many people wanted it to be a typical black-and-white business hotel because they thought that was what business people wanted. Instead, I find that people want to get away from the mundane and the usual, they want to be surprised.”
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With patterned carpets, an eye-catching décor and yellow, pink and lime corridors, Thon Hotel EU is certainly no humdrum hotel for diplomats. Luckily for Ramsøskar, making his visions a reality is usually a smooth task. “Working with Olav Thon Group’s design manager – Sissel Berdal Haga – has been fantastic. The great thing about Sissel is that she always says ‘yes’ straight away. She doesn’t care about what people will think. In fact, when we feel like we have a few too many colours and patterns, we take a
Thon Hotel Fosnavåg: the maritime choice of colours, combined with transparent elements, bring the coastal environments into the heart of the hotel. The clear blue carpets have been specially designed for the hotel lobby.
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