Design Inspiration

A Creative Concept

The Modern Edit explores The Audo Hotel in Copenhagen.

As part of a recent trip to Copenhagen, The Modern Edit was lucky enough to get a tour of the The Audo, a new hotel concept located in the neighborhood of Osterbro, designed by Danish brand Menu in collaboration with Norm Architects. The multipurpose space has 10 beautifully designed guest suites, as well as a café, shop and restaurant. It also doubles up as a showroom for Menu to exhibit their furniture in different contexts and incorporates the brands headquarters. 

The Suites

There are 4 different types of rooms that you can stay in at The Audo including The Penthouse and Studio Suites. Each room has been individually designed to ensure the guest has a unique stay yet the interiors throughout have clearly been inspired by nature. Dunes, Forest and Cliffs are just some examples of the enticing names given to the rooms to reflect their respective themes.      

The materials used throughout are predominately natural with wood and raw plaster featuring frequently, combined with woollen rugs, natural stones and rich textiles. 

Other than the occasional bespoke or antique piece, the furniture comes from Menu’s own collection. The carefully considered combination of materials, colours and textures used throughout creates a minimal yet rich and layered aesthetic. The styling is simple and paired back with 100% organic cotton bed linen by Aiayu and body care by Aesop.

The Space

Credit: The Audo Hotel

The fundamental aim of The Audo is to unite design, work, hospitality and community and this becomes apparent as soon as you step into the space. The vast double height entrance space that houses the café, features a sofa area as well as tables to encourage guests to make themselves at home. Laptops are encouraged and there is a material library on the first floor which is available for guests and designers to use. The ever-expanding collection includes samples of wood, stone, fabrics and leathers as well as visual references and catalogues.

The Concept Store

Credit: The Audo Hotel

Everything on display is available to purchase at The Audo Concept Store from the furniture down to the bed linen. The store presents a curated collection of brands including Aiaya, one of the first Danish brands to make sustainable clothes, bedding and home accessories, and SWY Studio, a Copenhagen based jewellery company that focuses on quality craftsmanship and attention to detail.  

The Art

The art that has been meticulously chosen for The Audo is an ever-changing display of paintings, sculptures and installations. The space acts as a gallery for international artists to share their work and, as with everything else, it is available to buy. The Modern Edit has chosen a selection of our favourite pieces to share, along with the details of the artists. 

Benjamin Ewing

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Benjamin Ewing is a multidisciplinary artist originally from Rochester, Minnesota. He currently operates out of his studio located in Portland, Oregon. With a background in editorial photography & print design, he aims to combine visual principles within the context of contemporary art. • @benjamin.ewing

Nicholas Shurey

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Nicholas Shurey is a British artist, designer and object-maker based in Copenhagen who believes furniture should fulfill more than just its function: it should be sculptural in its own right. With a background in interior architecture, Nicholas has turned to making hand-carved wooden pieces that sit somewhere between furniture, object and sculpture. • @nicholasshurey


Bente Hansen

Credit: The Audo Hotel

Bente Hansen lives and works in Copenhagen and is a Danish ceramist with over 50 years of work experience. Her pieces are exhibited in prestigious institutions throughout the world such as London’s Victoria and Albert Museum, Stockholm’s National museum, US Palmer Museum or Düsseldorf’s Hetjens Ceramic Museum. Furthermore, she has received wide acclaim and numerous awards for her work and has been granted the Danish Design Award repeatedly. Her works are a thoughtful reflections on geometry and colour.