K5 Hotel by Claesson Koivisto Rune

May 11, 2020

Scandinippon Fusion

K5 Hotel by Claesson Koivisto RuneJapan and Scandinavia may be continents apart, but their design aesthetics have much in common, from their mutual love of minimalist elegance to their focus on function and reverence for natural, organic forms. A great example of this harmonious fusion is the K5 hotel in Tokyo, designed by Claesson Koivisto Rune, the renowned Swedish architects and designers.

The exterior of the building is as anonymous as its location - a 1920s concrete office block at a busy junction on the edge of Marunouchi. Inside, the architects preserved the raw concrete look but softened the space with bold organic shapes and plenty of greenery. Boundaries between public areas such as the reception, library, bar and restaurant are deliberately blurred, encouraging guests to flow seamlessly from one space to another.

For the best showcase of the Nordic-Japanese fusion style, head upstairs to the 20 guest rooms, where cedar panelled walls resembling traditional shoji screens and  elegantly restrained wooden tables and chairs provide the perfect foil for a quietly flamboyant selection of shapely upholstered furniture, all designed by the architects. The pièce de résistance is the central island which houses the bed and desk, encircled by a seductively translucent curtain, partially dyed in indigo, which reaches all the way to the ceiling. Above the bed is a custom-made tear-drop shaped washi paper lamp. When the curtains are drawn this looks like an abstract Mount Fuji, glowing in the last rays of dusk. A fitting spot to contemplate the happy union of two outstanding design traditions.

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Claesson Koivisto Rune

K5 Hotel


Product Inspiration

Enjoy the timeless elegance and organic beauty of Nordic-Japanese style with the Oxbow lounge chair from Dare, the Risom shelves from Stellar Works and the Twist table from Zeitraum.

Oxbow Lounge Chair - Dare - Do Shop   Risom Shelves - Stellar Works - Do Shop  Twist Rectangular Table - Zeitraum - Do Shop


Take a leaf from the K5 hotel and go for natural, organic lights such as the Hashira floor lamp from Menu, the Orbit wall light from LZF and the Luiz suspension light from Mater.

Hashira Floor Lamp - Menu - Do Shop   Orbit Wall Light - LZF - Do Shop   Luiz Suspension Light - Mater - Do Shop


The raw organic look of the Duck big tray from 101 Copenhagen would look great in this Scandinavian-Japanese space, as would the Toallero towel stand from Nomon. Alternatively add an exotic touch to your walls with the Japanese Garden wallpaper from Mind The Gap

Duck Big Tray - 101 Copenhagen - Do Shop    Towel Stand - Toallero - Nomon - Do Shop   Japanese Garden Collectables Wallpaper - MINDTHEGAP - Do Shop

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