K5 Tokyo hotel designed by Claesson Koivisto Rune in old bank – Dezeen

Swedish studio Claesson Koivisto Rune has unveiled a boutique hotel in Tokyo, featuring 24 new design products.

K5 Tokyo occupies a converted bank building next to the Tokyo Stock Exchange, which survived bombing during the second world war.

Claesson Koivisto Rune‘s team adopted an “everything-is-possible attitude” to design and delivered the hotel in just 14 months.

As well as overseeing the architecture and interior design, they designed all kinds of products, from a pencil to a bespoke Tokyobike.

Studio co-founder Ola Rune said that K5 Tokyo is the best project they have ever worked on.

“This is emphatically how we feel at the moment,” he told Dezeen.

“The attitude of all involved has been unlike any previous project that we have been involved with,” he said. “Yet, gratifyingly, the result is a coherent (and sometimes deliberately disparate) whole, that has not left any details to chance.”

The design is based around the idea of “aimai”, a Japanese word used to positively describe things that are ambiguous, obscure or vague. It inspired a layout where furniture, textiles and plants are used in place of walls, to create more subtle divisions.

Contemporary details and furnishings help to brighten up the building’s ageing but characterful interiors, while plants are intended to create the feeling of an urban oasis.

“The concrete structure survived world war two fire-bombing raids; its raw interior spaces have a noticeable character and inform the atmosphere of the space,” explained Rune.

“This concrete structure has been left exposed in many of the completed spaces, creating a tough, almost brutal, element with which the rest of the interior architecture strongly contrasts.”

The hotel is organised over five levels. The ground floor and basement contain a series of spaces for eating, drinking and socialising, while bedrooms occupy the three upper floors.

The most plant-filled space in the hotel is the Switch Coffee shop, which doubles as a florist. Just beyond is a wine bar and the Caveman restaurant, set against a backdrop of green, blue, pink and clear glass.

Designed in the spirit of a speakeasy, the atmospheric Ao cocktail and tea bar features a small library, while the Brooklyn Brewery is a basement beer hall that fuses Scandinavian, Japanese and German influences.

“Many of the spaces have multiple functions,” said Rune. “These functions do not run in parallel, rather one function hands over its space to the next as the day wains into night time.”

Claesson Koivisto Rune created several furniture designs for these spaces, including a long sofa upholstered in deep red leather, a small wooden stool and a low coffee table.

There are 20 guest rooms in total, featuring even more bespoke designs.

Beds are framed by hand-dyed curtains, featuring a sky-like gradient of blue and white. These are hung in circles, framing just the bed and a custom paper lamp suspended overhead.

A red “love seat” is positioned alongside a more generously sized sofa, in bright, contrasting colours. Larger rooms also feature a custom carpet manufactured by Kasthall in the style of a Japanese tatami mat.

Bathrooms feature cedar wall panels, black sinks and tiled floors.

The same tile, produced by Marrakech Design, can be spotted in different configurations elsewhere in the building, including in the reception and corridors.

“We developed a new tile design that was inspired by the existing wood parquet found in some areas of the original building,” explained Rune.

“This tile design allowed for a wide range of design possibilities when being laid, meaning that the tile pattern is new is every separate space it is used in.”

Stockholm-based Claesson Koivisto Rune has worked on several other acclaimed hotels, including the Nobis Hotel in its home city and Villa Terminus in Bergen, Norway.

But Rune believes they have set the bar even higher with K5 Tokyo.

“The response to the project has vastly exceeded the expectations of the clients and tenants from the get-go,” he concluded.

Photography is by Yikin Hyo.

The £2m new-build dream home with incredible panoramic views across the Usk Valley – Wales Online

If space is the final frontier then this bespoke designer home is totally out of this world; it has vast amounts of space inside and breath-taking amounts of space outside.

Located on a very exclusive and distinctive elevated ridge of land, this £2.25m dream home feels like it’s on top of the world, with access to the maybe the most sweeping and mesmerising panoramic views in Wales.

The uninterrupted views of the Usk Valley stretching out over the counties of Newport and Monmouthshire to the horizon makes it feel like this home has the biggest garden in the region.

The dream home is one of the few homes making up the historic hamlet of Kemeys Inferior, complete with church and former mini manor house, located to the east of Newport, high above the Usk River valley between Langstone and Usk.

Bespoke property built in 2018 (Image: Fine & Country Newport)

The local landscape is intersected by a high ridge of wooded hills; the perfect place to build a perfect property with perfect views at the core of the design.

Built in 2018 this family home was designed to ensure the views were always an important aspect of every room.

So firstly there is a vast ‘wrap-around’ terrace that leads to the edge of the visible garden and then melts away into the incredible countryside views beyond.

Dream home on one side, dream views on the other (Image: Fine & Country Newport)
Not a neighbour in sight (Image: Fine & Country Newport)

It’s not a surprise to see that the ground floor rooms all have huge floor to ceiling windows or bi-fold doors to ensure a perfect indoor/outdoor flow visually and physically to those special views.

Even the double garage can boast probably the best views for family cars in the region.

The heart of the home is arguably the sociable central kitchen diner with so much space that a party could be in full-swing and there would still be enough space for relaxing in a lounge seating area.

Currently there is a dining area to seat six but the room is so vast that a whole football team could easily be accommodated for supper.

Enough space to invite the whole football team over for dinner (Image: Fine & Country Newport)
As with most rooms, there is a direct connection to the outside space from the kitchen diner (Image: Fine & Country Newport)

As expected from a dream home in this price bracket, the kitchen is a bespoke design with an extensive range of floor and eye level units with granite worktops, integrated appliances and a Belfast sink with drainer etched into the work surface.

The island is a popular addition to most kitchen spaces and this one offers more seating options via its breakfast bar and could actually be considered an actual island in the sea of space in this room.

The island is also a perfect place to be distracted by the views while chopping onions via the wall of bi-fold doors leading to the external terrace, just be careful the distraction does not lead to the loss of a digit.

Throughout the home, the interior design is contemporary and comfortable, warm and inviting, mixing natural materials and colours with high end fixtures and fittings and splashes of modern colour.

Don’t let the view from the kitchen island distract you from chopping and cooking (Image: Fine & Country Newport)

Every room in this house is so large, that they could all easily host a well-attended party.

Next to the kitchen, via the entrance hall, is the huge family room that protrudes from the front facade of the home for a good reason.

The design allows the corner of the space to become a double aspect view, with bi-fold doors across two walls.

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The result of this design is that the outer corner of the room is an incredible spot to scan the whole of the view outside.

In case the family room becomes too crowded – highly unlikely as it’s more than eight metres long – there is a separate sitting room too.

The family room looks out over the views (Image: Fine & Country Newport)
But the family room is extra special as it has a double aspect via two walls of bi-fold doors (Image: Fine & Country Newport)

This room is, of course, large and has two sets of French doors out to a side terrace that allows the owner to enjoy a different countryside view should they ever get bored of the one at the front of the property.

From the family room there is access to a study, office or playroom, although the current owner is using the space as a gym.

There are plenty of things happening through the gym bi-fold doors to take anyone’s mind off the pain and sweat of the stepper machine.

In fact, the property is only about 2.5 miles away from Newport’s Celtic Manor Hotel and Resort, so with good eye-sight or binoculars, it’s even possible to watch any holes in one taking place on the world-class championship golf courses.

The sitting room also flows out on to a terrace at the side, giving a different view to enjoy (Image: Fine & Country Newport)
The gym is a bonus space, the view a bonus to distract from the exercise (Image: Fine & Country Newport)

On this floor there is also a utility/boot room and a shower room plus access to the basement that offers three rooms for storage; maybe conversion to a cinema room in the future might be an option for a new owner.

Also on this ground level of the site are two outbuildings that could be renovated and converted to an annexe, amazing leisure area including pool and hot tub, or even a holiday let, subject to achieving the necessary planning permissions.

Space for the horses, dogs, pigs, chickens and fish (Image: Fine & Country Newport)

Also outside there are well established gardens and woodland surrounding the home.

The outdoor space totals about 15 acres of land that includes stables and four paddocks for the horses, kennels for the dogs, a pen for the pigs, a coop for the chickens and a pond for the fish.

Yes, there is definitely space for all the family at this property and they can all enjoy the magnificent views too.

All five bedrooms are ensuite (Image: Fine & Country Newport)
The master bedroom is nothing short of vast (Image: Fine & Country Newport)

Upstairs there are five bedrooms, all ensuite, plus a study that could easily become a further bedroom.

Located just off the master bedroom, this bonus study space could also become a nursery or maybe the best dressing room and walk-in wardrobe in the county, with its own Juliet balcony looking out to the rolling countryside and surrounding woodland.

All the bathrooms have a high end finish (Image: Fine & Country Newport)
The silver bath makes an eye-catching statement (Image: Fine & Country Newport)

And it’s this master bedroom that is demanding the most attention as the best area in the house to enjoy the views directly from a bed.

The room has a bespoke triangular picture window that runs right up into the apex of the roof, offering even the sleepiest of occupants the best wake-up call of a double-height window to the world outside. 

Space in the home to explore space (Image: Fine & Country Newport)

This might well be the best spot in the house to place the telescope and star-gaze looking for that final frontier in the sky.

The house on the hill with heavenly views is on the market for £2.25m with estate agent Fine & Country, give their Newport branch a call on 01633 927 277 to find out more.

CitizenM’s North Station Location Brings Cool Comfort to Busy Guests – Boston magazine


Think: local artwork, designer furnishings, and a chic terrace with skyline views.

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Where does a hotel that prioritizes mobility drop its anchor in Boston? North Station, of course. Opened in August 2019, CitizenM’s Boston outpost stands next to the commuter hub—a location that encapsulates the Dutch hotel chain’s ethos. Designed around the lifestyles of the frequently on-the-go, or “mobile citizens,” from whom the company takes its name, CitizenM aims to give busy people exactly what they need, and nothing that they don’t. In Boston, that translates to more than just train access. Here, guests get minimalist but luxurious rooms with king-size beds and Italian linens, and a giant common area (stocked with furniture from Swiss manufacturer Vitra) that contains plenty of spaces for working and lounging. Plus, an open-concept, 24/7 canteen means guests never go hungry, and thanks to a terrace with skyline views, there’s also a place to enjoy a nightcap from a granite-topped bar before bedtime.

Ahead, we take a look at the details behind CitizenM’s design.

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On the other side of the common area’s floor-to-ceiling windows lies CitizenM’s crown jewel: the terrace. The outdoor space makes the most of the hotel’s downtown location, offering sweeping views of the surrounding area. Pendant lights dot pergola structures, while the bespoke benches underneath are perfect for hanging out.

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Accommodations may be pared down, but that doesn’t mean they’re dull. Large windows maximize natural light, while in-room “MoodPad” tablets allow guests to set the bathrooms’ color-changing lights to their liking. “That feature is a guest favorite,” says CitizenM creative director Rob Wagemans.

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Don’t call it a lobby: The heart of the hotel, the 9,600-square-foot common area (the “living room”), is for guests to use as they see fit. “We designed the space to have cozy nooks as well as larger, more open-plan spaces,” Wagemans says. On the cozy side: the “Alcove Plume Contract” sofas by Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec.

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Even though it’s a chain, the hotel’s artwork and furnishings feel distinctly Boston, with nods to the sports culture and local food scene, Wagemans says. That includes a mural by Jamaica Plain–based painter Joe Wardwell, located in the entryway, as well as pieces from fellow local artists Ariel Basson Freiberg, Maria Molteni, and Elisa H. Hamilton.

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Create Custom Furniture Configurations With LEMA’s Modular LT40 System – Yahoo News

What if you could tailor furniture to fit your home just like a bespoke garment fits your body? Not only does customizable modular furniture meet your needs a lot better than a generic one-size-fits-all piece found on store shelves, it also encourages you to keep it longer, ultimately cutting down on waste.

Close-up of a few of the modular units that make up LEMA’s new LT40 shelving system.

A new series by Italian furniture manufacturer LEMA offers pieces that almost never look exactly the same. Their new “LT40” system, designed by David Quincoces, aims to be versatile in both its aesthetics and functionality. The pieces come in four configurations: freestanding, cupboard, shelving, and “boiserie,” or wall paneling. Each of these elements can also include open “containers” for displaying objects, benches, drawers, cabinets, work surfaces, and more.

That means you can design pieces built to meet the unique requirements of every room in the house. Create a cabinet and shelves for the dining room that fits your collection of dishes and glassware, make a desk with just the right amount of drawers and open shelving in an office or nook of your home, build a custom closet, or place floating nightstands on either end of a section of wall paneling for use as a headboard.

A custom living room shelving set made up of LEMA LT40 modules.

Custom wall cabinets made up of LEMA LT40 modules.

Though the essential shapes and lines of the collection remain firmly in the streamlined contemporary zone no matter which options you choose, you do have a lot of control over the final look. Finishing choices include wood, lacquered surfaces, glass, clay, natural marble, faux marble, and velvet.

The company adds that “these four families, mixed freely together, characterize the architecture together with a series of additional elements which complete the LT40 design: double-faced containers, benches, and elements designed to house multi-media apparatus; shelves and paneling with structural frames in aluminum, adjustable and designed for wall mounting; trays and tops in marble or stone; container boxes in wood or glass, and built-in LED lamp systems.”

A custom headboard/nightstand combo made from LEMA LT40 modules.

Custom living room shelves made up of LEMA LT40 modules.

“The system is enhanced by the LT_FRAME containers, with a strong graphical and chromatic impact, in six predefined types of configuration. Six cornices in two-dimensional types enclose the “tesserae of a mosaic” made up of color, wood, and transparencies, framed in a perfect equilibrium of rigorous, subtle forms. [They’re] designed for hanging on the wall and supplemented by a discreet LED light which emphasizes the internal perimeter.”

It’s not clear whether you can continue to customize each piece after you’ve chosen and assembled it. Adaptability over the life cycle of a product definitely enhances its sustainability, though, so if you move to a new home, have children, or just plain change your mind, you don’t have to buy something new. In any case, the LT40 system is definitely a stylish way to outfit your home with high-quality furniture that’s made to last.

Three small modules come together to create a single sleek LT40 container.

Your LEMA LT40 configurations can be as big or small as you please. Just take this custom closet for example!

LEMA is known as one of the greatest contemporary ambassadors of the “Made in Italy” tag. The company released its LT40 modular storage system alongside other new designs at the London Design Festival, and they can also be seen at the company’s showroom on King’s Road in London and in dealers around the world. Check out LEMA’s website to find one near you.

Sir David Adjaye and Cai Guo-Qiang To Receive 2020 Isamu Noguchi Award – ArtfixDaily

Sir David Adjaye and Cai Guo-Qiang To Receive 2020 Isamu Noguchi Award

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