When Danish designer Johannes Torpe was five years old he watched Stanley Kubrick’s 2001 A Space Odyssey and dreamt of spacemen in golden spacesuits
Which is why he decided he wanted to build a resort meant for one.
"The inspiration was from being in the middle of nowhere. We took inspiration from all of the surroundings. The red mountains beyond it. You have the ocean in front, the glacier of Snæfellsjökull connects this, where by the way a half troll half human being used to live in,” says Torpe from the Design Indaba in Cape Town.
He calls it the Red Mountain Resort and it will be located near the Snæfellsjökull Glacier, two hours from the Icelandic capital Reykjavik.
It is a luxury 150-room hotel and spa that melts into the nestled in the harsh Icelandic landscape.
The Danish designer is a man of many talents.In his search for his golden space suit, Torpe has built 12-metric-ton onyx tables, rotating TV walls, and even produced a hit single; his dance song Calabria made it to number one on Billboard's hot dance charts in 2008.
Torp is also the former group creative director of high-end consumer electronics brand Bang & Olufsen.
“After five years at Bang & Olufsen I felt like the door was closed. I looked around and saw… where is my golden space suit? It had been replaced by a real suit with no space in it.”
This was until he got a call from the land of ice and fire.
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