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September 2014
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A thoughtful ascension

Photo 1 & 2 : Andaz Tokyo Toranomon Hills © Andaz Tokyo Toranomon Hills, Photo 3 : Andaz Tokyo Toranomon Hills © Marie Le Fort

You spot it from a distance, crowning the new slender shape of the Toranomon Hills tower. In the lift, a school of fish designed in white washi paper by artist Tetsuya Nagata makes for a thoughtful ascension. On 51st floor, you enter the Andaz Tokyo hotel lobby. Here, between solid tables decorated with luscious bouquets, immense wood blocks by British designer Charlie Whinney comprise a series of movable sculptures. You could call them inspired writings. Hidden behind two sliding doors, the reception area establishes itself in a room inlaid entirely by tiny wood coins: conceived by master artisan and artist Shigemitsu Kotaka (a woodwork specialist, also known as Kumiko Zaiku), their arrangement composes a geographic motif reminiscent of delicacy, remarkable finesse and kimono prints.

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