(Frederik VIII’s Palace/aros.dk)
Royal palace renovations aren’t normally the sort of thing that makes modern-design buffs swoon. But when a 250-year-old palace is suddenly transformed into a cutting edge art installation that is the envy of other monarchs, it’s worth a close look.
In September of 2010, Frederik VIII’s Palace underwent a modern restoration that filling the 18th century halls with designs created by artists who are still alive and in the prime of their careers. The cutting edge restoration of the Amalienborg palace reportedly inspired The Duchess of Cambridge, who wants to bring a similarly modern sensibility to the private home she shares with Prince William.
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Princess Kate and Prince William were given a tour of the palace in by Princess Mary and Crown Prince Frederik of Denmark while the royal couple was on a 2011 UNICEF mission. “Mary showed them around their apartment at Amalienborg Palace and they loved the way they had combined their collection of modern art with antique furniture,” an inside source told Royalista during a recent interview. “Kate was truly inspired and wants to use some similar ideas in some of the rooms at Kensington Palace.”
(Outside Frederik VIII’s Palace/Wikicommons)
The renovations reportedly cost more than $750,000 with the royal couple drafting some of their favorite contemporary artists into the project, meant to both honor and modernize the original designs, which themselves were inspired by findings from the ruins of Pompeii.
(Part of the modern renovations inside Frederik VIII’s palace/aros.dk)
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After a lengthy renovation was completed from 2004 to 2010, the royal couple briefly opened up the palace to public tours, with more than half a million visitors pouring through in just a few weeks.
“People were amazed that we had dared to do this. We took a chance, but we didn’t do it like gambling on a roulette or poker,” Frederik said in a 2011 interview with CNN. “It was calculated, but it was also a calculated risk from our hearts.”
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