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The Thief Opens in Oslo

Oslo  first waterfront hotel, The Thief, opened on January 9th on the islet of Tjuvholmen.  Thanks to a collaboration with the new Astrup Fearnley Museum and the hotel’s own curator, an impressive collection of contemporary art graces the hotel’s 119 rooms and public spaces. According to the The Thief's owner, Petter A. Stordalen, he "had a vision to create fantastic experiences without compromising the world around it."

"As such, an array of sustainable initiatives, from efficient solutions to reduce energy and water consumption to individual climate zones in each of the guestrooms, meets the finest in design, architecture and gastronomy at The Thief."

Handpicked artwork

Each of the hotel's 119 rooms, including the five one-bedroom suites, the Apparatjik suite and the penthouse 'Oslo Suite' at The Thief are distinct. This is achieved through handpicked artwork, furnishings by Patricia Urquiola and Antonio Citterio, and the latest technology. The nine-story building by award-winning firm Mellbye Architects houses comfortable, spacious rooms, each featuring balconies with a view of the fjord, the canals of Tjuvholmen, the neighboring buildings or the museum. In-room amenities range from interactive televisions with video art, Geneva Sound systems, free Wi-Fi, Nespresso machines, “his and hers” wool slippers and custom-designed bathrobes to Playstations and Wiis on demand.

According to the hotel: "At The Thief, the art collection is the protagonist, not just an accessory to go with the color scheme." To get it right, the hotel engaged curator Sune Nordgren to team up with interior designer Anemone Wille Våge. Nordgren, the former director of Norway’s National Museum of Art, handpicked paintings, prints, photographs and installations for the guestrooms and public areas with celebrated artists such as Sir Peter Blake and Richard Prince leading the helm. The elevators feature video art created exclusively for The Thief by Julian Opie. Nordgren’s eye for talent also extends beyond the big names and the hotel’s collection encompasses rising stars and a few surprises. Like the photographs by Queen Sonja of Norway in the library and Roxy Music’s most famous album covers. Furthermore, owner Stordalen, is a private sponsor of the Astrup Fearnley Museum and thus, guests will not only enjoy free admission to the museum, artworks borrowed from the collection create one of the most exciting galleries in a hotel.

Keeping it local

The Thief aims to keep things local. From featuring  upcoming Norwegian talent on its walls to commissioning local designers such as Maggie Wonka to design the bathrobes or Røros Tweed and L&J for the woolen blankets. Putting a spin on conscious cooking and classic Norwegian cuisine, head chef Kari Innerå of Fru K, the hotel’s restaurant, has kept a strong focus on regional and organic ingredients. Having grown up on a farm, Innerå knows the growers who supply her kitchen, where the sheep graze, and how to get cut and dried salted fish at its best. To take a bit of Oslo home with you, products like The Thief’s custom-made herring caviar and specially-cured ham, come in neat little packages. When venturing out, one can choose from a range of curated maps for the best in design and architecture, the best local fashion and beauty tips, and one for checking out Oslo’s music scene. Each map was created in collaboration with local experts: DogA, the Norwegian Centre for Design and Architecture; Camilla Pihl, fashion and style blogger; and Asbjørn Slettemark, music journalist and radio host.

The islet of Tjuvholmen is a new development in central Oslo, where culture, stylish living and culinary experiences meet at water’s edge. Boasting a two-kilometer-long seafront, car-free streets, and contemporary architecture, including Renzo Piano’s Astrup Fearnley Museum, the island is fast becoming a top destination for residents and visitors.