Mathisen – Modern in an old kind of way … High quality food, drinks, lunch, dinner and most certainly top quality waiters.

Interior Design, Café Mathisen, 2006
Interior Design, Café Mathisen, 2006

It is the kind of place that has Royal Copenhagen porcelain with their own logo but is never unapproachable ! On the contrary you almost feel as welcome here as in your own home – and Mathisen takes pride in that !

Hotel Randers holds a world of humorous, innovative, vivid, exiting and different stories about the royal Danish family, shoe shiners, H.C. Andersen, Victor Borge, Josephine Baker, hotel sewing room, American Grill, 2500 domestic flights, the first garage facility in Jutland, takes for the Danish TV series “Krøniken” and a whole lot more…
When entering the lobby through the big wooden carousel door you immediately sense this place is one long history and certainly full of traditions. The decorations in the ceiling, the fine carpentry on doors and panels, the original art works and the rich detailing, not to mention that the rooms are all non-uniform, for instance the Royal Room is breath-taking, the original Bauhaus furniture in room 311 were bought at the World Exhibition in 1933, the big watch from the 17th century, the China salon, and, and, and … all makes it worth the visit. You need to experience Hotel Randers – probably not many hotels in Denmark is like this where the atmosphere, the service and the quality merges into one unique experience.

In May 2006 Hotel Randers opened the doors to the brand new and modern café – MATHISEN. Some time before that we were asked to design it – off course in close coöperation with Hotel Randers. We chose to design a very modern café to compliment the fantastic, but hidden treasures we found when pealing the walls and removing the “modern” 60’s interior. A lot of them are shown in the images on the walls of the café.
Naturally the café entrance is from the street but you may also like to enter through the salon which is the “soft-shift-zone” between the hotel lobby and the café. The salon was carefully renovated with a caring eye for the many memories it holds.
You may also enter the café through the hotel ballroom Gauguin, which has its name from sculptor Jean Gauguin, son of Paul Gauguin, who decorated the walls of the ballroom. When removing the existing “fake walls” we found pillars with beautiful handmade mosaics, which are now visible from both the Gauguin Room and from the café. Instead of building new walls between the pillars, we had very large glass doors made to extend the view from the Gauguin to the café and off course to be able to open between the two … this has proven a valuable function, especially when Hotel Randers hosts their intimate concerts with artists such as Lis Sørensen, Hanne Boel, Steffen Brandt, Rugsted Kreutzfeldt and more …

We could go on telling you about the architecture, Interior design and the graphic design work we have done and continually do for Hotel Randers but we will let you enjoy the images and leave you with this: If you ever need a break or needs a trip away from home please take our advice and visit this amazing place. You will not regret it ! Here at Bonnelycke mdd some of us call Hotel Randers our home away from home …

By the way, you might also like to check “A Grand Old Lady” – the small book we did for Hotel Randers 150th birthday …

For more information please visit http://www.cafemathisen.dk or http://www.hotelranders.dk

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