Tuesday May 28, 2013

Set in the center of Copenhagen and opened in 1960, Arne Jacobsen’s SAS Royal Hotel was the most complete and refined work of his career, and a monument to the humanistic vision of modern architecture that flourished in Scandinavia during the 20th-century. Beyond its status as an architectural masterpiece, the SAS Royal Hotel was also a treasure house of industrial design and many of Jacobsen’s custom furnishings have become modern icons that are still in production. Michael Sheridan will provide a tour of this grand hotel for the Jet Age, explaining its central role in Jacobsen’s career and the source of its enduring appeal.

Michael Sheridan is an architect in New York City and the principal of Sheridan Architect. In addition to his professional activities, Sheridan is an internationally recognized scholar of 20th-century Danish architecture and design. His books on these subjects include Room 606: The SAS House and the Work of Arne Jacobsen (Phaidon, 2003), The Furniture of Poul Kjaerholm: Catalogue Raisonné (G.R. Miller, 2007) and Mestervaerker (Strandberg, 2011), which will be published in English as Masterworks: The Golden Age of The Danish House, in 2013. In addition, his television series, Outstanding Houses of the North will be broadcast in Denmark and Sweden during the spring of 2013.

This lecture is co-presented by the Vancouver Art Gallery and Inform Interiors, with support from Fritz Hansen.

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