RPW Design revamps Hotel Continental Oslo

London-based RPW Design completed a redesign of Hotel Continental in Oslo, Norway.

Hotel Continental Oslo is more than 100 years old, first opening in 1900, and has been in the same family for more than four generations. The refurbishment of the interiors comprised a redesign of the hotel’s public areas and 155 guestrooms, bringing the interiors into the 21st century while respecting the style of the historic property.

According to Jan Wilson, managing director of RPW, the new design bridges the gap between the historic, traditional architecture and the client’s aspiration for a clean, contemporary and very Scandinavian concept. The light palette of colors, textures and fabrics were all selected to reflect this aspiration. The use of metallic, silver and pearl tones gives the interiors the lightness necessary in dark northern latitudes, while also creating a sense of tranquility and warmth.


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This concept continues in the public areas with the addition of yellow and gold feature fabrics and wall finishes on a light pearl palette whose elements complement the grandeur of the building. The design reuses the Hotel Continental Oslo’s existing collection of antique furniture and art, acquired through the generations of owners.