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Wallpaper* magazine's Tokyo design tips

For the last ten years Wallpaper* magazine has been writing about the latest design travel spots from across the globe. The Wallpaper* City Guides are design-conscious guides that suggest the best and most beautiful places to visit, sleep, eat, drink, shop and exercise.

The Tokyo 08 guide has just been launched, and in celebration of Tokyo 100% Design Week, the Wallpaper* team share their top 5 Tokyo design tips with us.

By Editor Design.nl / 28-10-2007

For the last ten years Wallpaper* magazine has been writing about the latest design travel spots from across the globe. The Wallpaper* City Guides are design-conscious guides that suggest the best and most beautiful places to visit, sleep, eat, drink, shop and exercise.

The Tokyo 08 guide has just been launched, and in celebration of Tokyo 100% Design Week, the Wallpaper* team share their top 5 Tokyo design tips with us.

Park Hyatt Hotel
The un-named star of Lost in Translation,this luxury hotel, known for its stellarservice as well its clientele, was alreadythe first choice for many visitors to Tokyo.Perched on the top 14 floors of a giant52-floor Shinjuku skyscraper, the hotel’sstriking nature is evident on arrival, whenguests are met in the spacious lobby(above) by a looming piece of modern art.The Park Hyatt has some of the largestand most tech-filled suites in the city,as well as a vertiginous indoor swimmingpool, a newly renovated spa and therelentlessly popular New York Grill & Bar.For picture-perfect vistas across to MountFuji, ask for a Park View King Room.
3-7-1-2 Nishi-Shinjuku, Shinjuku-kuT 03 5322 1234

Mitsui Garden Hotel Ginza
There’s nothing that surprising about Piero Lissoni’s elegant design for thisGinza business base, but by sticking toa simple, rather muted colour paletteand a roll-call of modern design classicsfrom Cappellini to Knoll, the celebratedItalian designer has transformed whatmight well have been a faceless towerblock into a surprisingly snug and comfyretreat. Aside from their understateddesign, the main selling point of the roomsis their oversized windows, which give outonto the bustling retail scene below, so it’swell worth paying that little bit extra andspecifying one with a view. The lively KarinLounge on the 16th floor has much thesame aspect should your own room notquite cut the mustard.
8-13-1 Ginza, Chuo-Ku, T 03 3543 1131

Jin’s Global Standard
Extraneous details at this Aoyamaopticians have not just been removed,they have been surgically excised. To callJin’s Global Standard minimalist doesn’tquite do it. One feels there should bea purer term to decribe this shop. Thestore design is the work of architects RyujiNakamura and Yoko Ando, and if theirwhite cube brings to mind an art gallery,the impression is reinforced by the waythe specs – brandless to upmarket brands– are displayed. Nothing so crude asshelves or display cases here: glasses hangon C-shaped incisions in the back-lit,fabric-covered walls. The inspiration?‘The way glasses are often hung onthe neck of a shirt,’ explains Nakamura.
1F JP-2 Building, 2-10-24 Kita Aoyama,Minato-ku, T 03 5411 7715078

Y-3
Three floors, three shelves per room, three drawers in every cabinet, the Adidas design team pushed the threestripe logo concept to the limit when they designed Y-3’s 200sqm steel and concrete shop. Check out the monotone sportswear, whichmakes even an 8am jog round Tokyo’s Yoyogi Park a pleasure.
5-3-20Minami Aoyama, Minato-ku, T 03 5464 1930

Tendo Ply
Until 2005, the Tendo company, which has been turning out finely craftedplywood furniture for 60 years, didn’thave a base in Tokyo. But the TendoPly shop, a former dingy prep schooltransformed into a striking showroomby architect Daigo Ishii, is bringing theiconic brand to a new audience. We’velong admired the curvy lines of classicpieces such as Sori Yanagi’s ‘Butterfly’stool or Mitsumasa Sugasawa’s ‘Heron’rocking chair (above), and here they areaccompanied by a range of accessories,including T-shirts, plywood bins from woodcompany Saito and Swedish wool rugs.
2nd Floor, 4-35-7 Fuka Sawa, Setagaya-ku,T 03 5758 7111

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