tokyo: Serene to edgy

Ja­pan is Home to some mighty fine de­sign minds. dis­cover their work in THE coun­try’s cap­i­tal

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daikanyama t-site

Tokyo-based Klein Dytham Ar­chi­tec­ture was re­spon­si­ble for the woven T-shaped, lat­ticed fa­cade that adorns the build­ings of Daikanyama T-site. Con­sist­ing of a se­ries of low-ly­ing struc­tures in the chic, leafy Shibuya dis­trict of Daikanyama, T-site is a space in which vis­i­tors can browse and buy books, mu­sic, films, stationery, and more. There’s also a li­brary, the Ivy Place restau­rant and a pet-care ser­vice.

tokyo WHISKY li­brary

Just off Aoyama-dori, this chic whisky bar was de­signed around the idea of “whisky-mu­sic­serendip­ity.” Whisky takes the stage in this space, with more than 1,000 bot­tles of the spirit lin­ing the dou­ble-height walls, giv­ing the bar the feel of a pri­vate li­brary. Brick walls, vin­tage-style chan­de­liers, and leather ban­quettes set the tone; this feels like an old boys’ club. Whether or not you’re a whisky lover, you’re bound to ap­pre­ci­ate the clas­si­cally com­fort­able at­mos­phere.


a tes Souhaits! glace et choco­lat

Oki Sato of de­sign stu­dio Nendo is one of Ja­pan’s most fa­mous ex­ports. He’s wowed peo­ple the world over with his thought­ful cre­ations, de­signed to con­jure a smile and a sense of won­der at the same time. This Kichi­joji dessert store may be small, but it’s a per­fect ex­am­ple of Sato’s de­sign ethos, and a great way to see his de­signs in the flesh.

Softly curv­ing brick walls in sub­dued shades of choco­late, cap­puc­cino, al­mond, and hazel­nut re­sem­ble slices of ice-cream cake, and they slowly melt to­wards the back of the store, draw­ing cus­tomers in. Then there’s the geo­met­ric tiled floor, a mod­ern take on tra­di­tional Ja­panese ce­ramic pat­terns.

HOMME Plissé issey Miyake Store Tokyo has long been home to bou­tiques that are de­sign sights in them­selves, and this Issey Miyake store in Daikanyama is no ex­cep­tion. De­signed by Naoto Fuka­sawa, the store takes the ge­om­e­try of its con­crete ex­te­rior and turns it into some­thing vis­ually strik­ing. Long, thin, black metal beams hang down from the ceil­ing in criss­cross­ing lines, form­ing geo­met­ric shapes over­head. These beams also serve as clothes hang­ers, al­low­ing Issey Miyake’s colour­ful pleated de­signs to float off the floor, which is clad in con­crete and echoes the build­ing’s ex­ter­nal walls.


nezu Mu­seum With its mas­sive, an­gu­lar roof, and clean lines, the Nezu Mu­seum sits qui­etly just off Omote­sando, a hid­den haven away from the nearby streets and shops. A gar­den and leafy trees sur­round the mu­seum, and these, along with the bam­boo tree-lined path­way into the mu­seum, are an in­te­gral part of the ex­pe­ri­ence cre­ated by ac­claimed ar­chi­tect Kengo Kuma. By sep­a­rat­ing out­side from in­side via floorto-ceil­ing sheets of glass, mu­seum-go­ers are con­nected to the green­ery around them even while pe­rus­ing the build­ing’s vast col­lec­tion of pre-mod­ern Asian art.

Hoshi­noya tokyo De­signed by Rie Azuma of Azuma Ar­chi­tect & As­so­ciates, this ho­tel re­de­fines the ryokan, bring­ing the con­cept of the tra­di­tional Ja­panese inn to this most mod­ern of cities. Lo­cated in Otemachi, one of Tokyo’s key fi­nan­cial dis­tricts, Hoshi­noya Tokyo is a serene re­treat from the world, hid­den be­hind a lat­ticed façade that calls to mind the de­signs printed on ki­monos. Tatami mats line every floor in the guest ar­eas, wood screens are ev­ery­where, and fur­nish­ings are pared-down and mod­ern.

The out­door bath, fed by the al­ka­line wa­ters of a lo­cal hot spring, is a sight in it­self, as are the pub­lic out­door ar­eas, land­scaped by Hiroki Hasegawa. Here, exquisitely sculpted trees, ar­ti­san-made fur­ni­ture, and ob­jects in wood and ce­ramic make for a tran­quil ur­ban space.


treat your­self from top Hoshi­noya Tokyo is a ver­ti­cal ryokan in the mid­dle of the cap­i­tal; A Tes Souhaits! dis­tills Oki Sato’s de­sign ethos

de­sign by Ja­pan from top The in­tri­cate lat­tice­work of Daikanyama T-site; Nezu Mu­seum brings out­doors and in­doors to­gether; Tokyo Whisky Li­brary ex­udes old-school cool

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