SUPPOSE DESIGN OFFICE, an architectural design firm led by Makoto Tanijiri and Ai Yoshida, has earned a reputation for providing their signature minimalism to a variety of commercial and private projects. “We want to be a team that constantly creates new values through design,” explains Yoshida.
This ethos was introduced to Matsumoto Honbako in the Matsumoto Jujo Hotel, which is located on the grounds of a 335-year-old ryokan, a type of traditional Japanese inn that features communal baths. After designating a reinforced concrete building on-site as the hotel, the interior was stripped down to the skeletal structure in order to create a design that paid homage to the character of the historic ryokan. “Rather than simply remodeling it into a modern hotel, we wanted to create a place where the old and the new could coexist,” says Yoshida of the refurbishment, which includes a restaurant and bookstore on the first floor.
When it came to the guest rooms, interiors were deliberately kept simple. A neutral palette, paired with quintessentially Japanese materials like shoji and tatami, created a restful environment. In the Matsumoto Honbako suite, Hans J. Wegner’s CH23 Dining Chair was placed in front of a desk to accommodate those who require a work station. Despite the room’s Japanese-inspired interior, the iconic
Scandinavian piece blended seamlessly into its surroundings. “Denmark and Japan share a common mentality and aesthetic sense,” says Yoshida. “When Danish furniture is placed in a space that we have created, something resonates beautifully beyond our differences.”
"The CH23 has a refined and elegant design that makes it beautiful from any angle. You can especially feel the craftsmanship in the woven paper cord seat and the cover caps in the backrest".
- Ai Yoshida
Since establishing SUPPOSE DESIGN OFFICE in 2000, Makoto Tanijiri and Ai Yoshida have masterminded contemporary spaces across their native Japan.
In the trees
The former model and stylist has turned her appreciation for Scandinavian and Japanese design into an aesthetic that places textiles, materiality, and function at its heart.
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Efter en totalrenovering stod Glogauer Strasse klart – en lugn oas i Berlins livliga stadsdel Kreuzberg, som skapar en känsla av enhetlighet med hög takhöjd, polerade betonggolv och mjukt färgade stuckaturväggar.
Puro Hotel Łódź
ASW Architekci och Superfutures hyllar den polska stadens rika konst- och kulturarv genom att skapa ett livsstilshotell där Hans J. Wegners klassiska möbler blandas med en modern, postindustriell estetik.
Blique by Nobis
Den svenska arkitekten Gert Wingårdh utformar ett modernt hotellkoncept i Stockholm där skandinavisk design förenas med industriella element, vackra textilier och exklusiva material.
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